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Travel Blogs from Ranau
... College London and kempo (a martial art better than karate and judo, he told me) initiate. Our guide for the day was fast Eddie, a whippet of a Malaysian man who boasted an ascent then descent time of five hours. Not too shabby... Quickly it became apparent there was a divide in the group, with myself, Oscar and Megan setting a faster pace and the others lagging slightly. After a couple of kilometres, there was a flash rainstorm. ...
... found a cab that would take us there for RM 140 (25 each for them to the National Park, 40 each for me and Blake) which was cheaper than a bus to Ranau and a taxi from there so we did really well. The hangover intensified on the drive with all of the twists and turns and I was close to vomiting a few times (only had a nibble on a bad fried thing to eat) until we let out the others at the Kinabalu entrance. ...
... for me to come and see him personally. He did gave me back my hopes.
Next thing I knew, I was on the way to the Park of Kinabalu. First thing I could see was my mountain. The mountain that is the reason I am standing here. The trouble making mountain that was covered in nothing but deep, rainy clouds. I quickly dropped off my backpack. I wasted no time and walked 2km to the office. During that I was excited, worried, fascinated, all that at the same time.
The purpose ...
... was really hard to get yourself motivated for another hike at 2am being still exhausted from last day's hike. But there we were, achy and sleepy climbing further to the peak. We only had 2.5km to go, but it was so steep with so many places where you just needed to pull yourself by the rope. We had to stop very frequently to catch the breath. So clearly it was pitch dark during the hike, so we used head torches to lit the way and we didn't know what was ahead ...
... of the tea by pouring in a glass of water. Will be testing this out on my Twinnings! From the tea garden we moved on to Poring hot springs where we went on a canopy walk along the treetops. It was incredible to see how tall the trees are!! Absolutely huge! Like something out of lord of the rings. Felt like an orang Utan swinging between the trees! Brilliant to see from that high up, if not a bit alarming on a wobbly bridge 36m above ground! ...