Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trip up Mt. Kinabalu Pt.2

This is a continuation of Trip up Mt. Kinabalu.

This post will be mostly photos as there is really nothing much to say about the climb. There were limited amount of climbers a day to help protect the ecosystem and there's a set time when everyone sets off, so there was quite a lot of people at the start. Once we started to reach the front of the pack it thinned out of course, making for a more pleasant climb. : )

I didn't really take a lot of photos of the greenery around us on the way up as it was all the same really, nothing much to see. Of course, the group was separated on the way up as everyone had different stamina. There wasn't really a need for a guide, but it was a requirement, it wasn't that expensive anyways, so it's all good. Another thing about the guide is that, ours wore a t shirt, shorts, and crocs to climb. : |

Half way up. Still feeling good.


The sky wasn't looking so good though.

At the start of the climb, there were nice stairs and they were all even and all that, but once we reached further up there were a variety of different terrain to walk through, it made things interesting, it made it hard. Slightly.

Some were like this, mud and granite.

Some were just plain mud.

Some were just granite.

It was misty.

Uh-oh.

When there was still slightly more 2KM to the rest stop, my shoes started to open up, these were my old running shoes and I didn't intend for them to 'survive' the climb but I was hoping it would last until I reached the bottom again. Ah well... marching onwards.

Some trees.

5KM

I forgot how far the rest stop was. Maybe around 7KM. It started raining heavily after this picture so no more pictures until the final ascend. I didn't even take a picture of the rest house, or whatever it is called.

Sadly, my 'rain-gear' wasn't really waterproof. I blame my dad for this, he said 'it'll do', they were wind breakers. FML

The whole bottom of my shoe fell of at the last KM from the rest house. I didn't notice it as my feet and everything else was numb from the cold, turned back a bit to get them, I hoped they would have something to stick it back on at the rest house. (there weren't) It was miserable, that last 500 meters, I was shivering, and the water was coming down the trail like a waterfall, it was like we were walking up a river really.

I reached the rest house, shivering uncontrollably, I quickly changed out of the wet clothes and just sat there with a dry towel around me for 2 hours, regaining my warmth and strength. Dinner was awesome, they did a buffet style thing, all you can eat, I ate a lot. The lodge we stayed in was kinda like a dorm really, small and 'cozy'. 4 people were in a tiny room with 2 bunk beds, I wasn't complaining, it was quite cold and the more the merrier at that point. 3 layers of blanket was also provided. I went to sleep and didn't feel a thing until the next day when we woke up for breakfast and the final ascend to the peak. One of my friend puked in the middle of the night due to the altitude, I slept through everything, didn't know a thing until the next day.

I'll continue this again in Pt. 3 in the future. This is getting a bit long. : ] Hope you enjoyed this, thinking back to this was really nostalgic to me although it was only a year ago. Fun times.

59 comments:

  1. sounds like a very full,tiring climb. sorry about your shoes. :(

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  2. ah mountain climbing can be arduous but the feeling of reaching the summit is definitely worth it ;)

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  3. I don't think its a fruit tree... not sure though.

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  4. So friggin cool, I want to go travel the world and go hiking so badly. Hopefully I'll hit it big using my blog as a way to get my writing and games out haha. Unfortunately I'm in Florida and have little ability to go hiking.

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  5. @joel, well it doesn't have to be anything difficult, just an easy trail can be really satisfying. Good luck with your game!

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  6. makes me want to go hiking! thanks!

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  7. Thanks man! Love the article!

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  8. Nice adventure, and great part two. :) wish i were there!

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  9. in all honesty your blog just made me appreciated nature even more. it was soo refreshing just to look at those picture you have there. im stuck right now in the city but thanks for sharing that motivation to get out there!

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  10. Good post. Liked the landscape in the pictures.

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  11. :o I am planning a trip near Borneo, and may in fact spend some time on the island. I am going to use your blog as reference :P.

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  12. Wow, I'd really like to go on a hike right now. That looks awesome!

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  13. Makes me crave adventure.
    Curse you office job.

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  14. poor shoes D:. i would love to do this looks like some awesome spots.

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  15. I love mountain climbing, I did the Pyrenees last year.

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  16. Sounds like fun, I would never have made it...

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  17. Perfect landscape for hiking, I'm a bit jealous.

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  18. it was gonna rain soon, nothing too weird...it was weird of you to ask actually.

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  19. Those mountain pictures were great...wow

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  20. What the guy above me said. The one with the mist is awesome.

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  21. I've always wanted to visit a place like that. It's just an experience that can't be matched by viewing pictures online. You should consider yourself lucky!

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  22. Nice photos and interesing trip!

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  23. your pics remind me of my scouting days. east malaysia looks really nice btw although i've never been there... only in the west peninsular have i lived in

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  24. life of a bored person? that seemed like an epic trip.

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  25. I bet the whole trip was amazing though, makes me want to travel even more now.

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  26. great post. looking forward to reading your next one

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  27. Nice post, the trip sounded pretty fun until the rain. Keep up the good work.

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  28. i wish i could do stuff like this. the tallest mountain near me is like maybe 1500 ft up. maybe. and its not much of a view up there :(

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  29. I can't wait to get some hiking done this summer

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  30. Your blog name is rather misleading

    I found this to be rather interesting!

    also, climb in crocs? -_-

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  31. Awesome post dude, but next time take a rain gear, a real one hahaha following, a boring person's life can be quite interesting.

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  32. Oh wow, that looks like it was a fun. It always rains up here in humboldt..

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  33. Those are great pictures, it sounds like quite an adventure!

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  34. It's breathtaking. Just beautiful. Check out my new blog, puzzledyet.blogspot.com if you haven't already!

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  35. Wow, really nice pictures! I havent really ever been on a moutain, the closest we get where i live would weel like a speedbump compared to that! lol

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  36. Oh mah life is more boring than that! .__.
    Nice! >W<

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  37. I hate when that happens to my shoe.

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