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Travel Blogs from Ranau
... on the way back so we finished up and cracked a bottle of rice wine while the three volunteers debated for over an hour what exactly it was, this only intensified when I produced my footage. The wine wasn't great but it definitely could have been worse. We put my SD card into Graham's old computer but it didn't play very well so that didn't help. We went to bed around midnight when it had started raining pretty ...
The morning arrived. I didn't sleep well. I was too excited and nervous. Thinking how is my condition these days. How is my condition today! I had no clue, I felt good but worried which made me think again on how much I really wanted it if it makes me so nervous.
5:00 am, my eyes wide open. Quick cold shower and breakfast in a dark quiet room full of insects and I was off back to the office where on the way I decided to smoke my first and last cigarette up till the moment ...
... headache. Once we started ascending, the only effects that i had from altitude was shortness of breath and pins and needles in arms and hands. It wasn't bad and everyone had trouble breathing, so we had to stop very frequently especially after steep parts. When i finally got to the top of the mountain, I was so hyperventilating that my guide was getting me to do deep slower breaths. The rest house where we stayed for the night was very basic - i think we ...
... look like a trail. If you do not pay attention, you might end up getting lost.
After about 30 minutes perhaps (or eternity to some of us), we reached the bat caves. The area around the bat caves smell like bat's poo though. There was a signboard placed at the entrance of the cave prohibiting visitors from entering the cave. Nevertheless, we weren't interested in looking at bats. We took a break at the caves before continuing our trek upwards.
... of the summit trail is over bare rockface and large rocks of the mountain, totally exposed to the elements, so rug up! There is a white rope to assist you to find your way to the summit and have something to hold when needed. Although I didn't see the actual sun rise, I saw the intensity of the yellows, oranges, pinks and blues change in the sky and on the rock faces of the various peaks. To see the barren moonscape come to life in the morning light was ...