Mount Kinabalu

Trip Start Mar 07, 1998
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Mount Kinabalu - From the Danum Valley it was a day's travel to Mount Kinabalu.  This is the highest mountain in South East Asia, being 4035m tall.  I met a local guy at the bottom of the mountain, so teamed up to get the necessary guide required to get to the top. 

The climb was a two day hike.  Starting at 1500m the first day was climbing to the hostel at 3200m where everyone stays the night.  This took at little bit over 4 hours and was basically up hill going all the way, with either steps or steep slopes to contend with.

The first part of the day went through the rain forest and eventually changed to more high altitude vegetation as we got into the clouds.


The second day involved getting up at 1am, and leaving the shelter by 2am, so we could be on the summit for sunrise.  This part of the climb mostly involving scrambling over rock and pulling yourself up with ropes in just torch light.  After a few hours we made it to the top to see the sunrise, the top of the mountain and the view down to the valley below.  It was just above zero on the summit, so required 4 or 5 layers of clothes to keep warm.

Because the top of the mountain was so small it was actually quite a crush on the top, and a bit of waiting for the photo to be taken next to the summit sign.

After an hour or so on the summit it took about 4 hours to get back to the bottom of the mountain.  By this time I had very sore legs and was glad to finish.  This was all put in perspective at the bottom when you looked at the times for the annual race, where people run to the top and back again in under 3 hours.

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