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Friday, July 17, 2009

Mount Kinabalu Part 1

I went to Kota Kinabalu on 20th-23rd June 2009. First time going to East Malaysia..

I'll start of my post with the journey from Kinabalu Conservation Centre to Laban Rata.. We chose Mesilau route, which is 2.2km longer compared to Timpohon trail. Mesilau trail offer more nice view compared to Timpohon trail.Just a little information. My tour guide told me that Mount Kinabalu is also known as 'Nabalu'. It is the highest peak SouthEast Asia, with the highest peak being the Low's Peak at 4095m.
We took a group picture outside the registration office. See the energetic faces of all of us before climbing. By the way, I was down with measles 3 days before the climb..Let me introduce our tour guide @ portal. His name is Joseph. And along the way, we call him with various name such as Josep, Hassan. HaHa.. He is very shy, but I think he is bored because no girls in our group.
Km 0.5.. still energetic.. we have to carry our own lunch pack with is quite troublesome.. The walking stick is very useful..At Km 1.0, our captain Mr Quek is still optimistic with his confident look..Km 1.5, we are still have tonnes of energy to do crazy acts.. Pui Wei trying to poke Soo's ass.. One of the reason is we have been going downhill for the past 1km, and Choo Uei even asked 'Hey, how come we're going downhill? I thought we're suppose to climb Mt Kinabalu..' Km 2.5 and we can see Pui Wei is exhausted.. still long way to go..
As I mention Mesilau route offer lots of nice view, and we came across mini waterfall and this nice bridge..At KM 3.5, that's me a Captain Quek.. I start to feel exhausted by KM3.5..We also met Hargreaves along the way and manage to snap a picture with him. Too bad Michael Owen is not climbing.. HaHa..At KM5.0, still long long way to go..After the junction between both Mesilau and Timpohon route, it is getting steeper.. By 5pm++, after about 6 hours climb, me and Edward manage to reach Laban Rata. That's Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at the back and we rented the most expensive room, cost us RM2000+ for 6 person. This place is freaking cold, but offer nice bird's eye view of Sabah.. There is also a Helipad right below the hotel, and the next time, maybe can consider to take helicopter there? Price.. i not sure.. hehe..Beautiful sunset taken from the balcony of the restaurant..That's all for Part 1 of Mount Kinabalu post. Stay tune for Part 2, as there is more action, and it is much more challenging to climb to the peak..

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Mt Kinabalu conquered

Finally, I conquered Mount Kinabalu!!
Just to show this picture, as I am still waiting for the complete album from my friends' camera. More pictures coming soon..
I make a wish on top of the mountain.. I really hope my wish can be granted..