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Mar 15, 2017 - Summit at sunrise....Mount Kinabalu

Monday was the day we were heading to the base of our walk up Mount Kinabalu. We woke early and had fried noodles, fried rice and egg with our host family for dinner – Asian breakfasts are definitely something I haven’t managed to quite get my head / stomach around while I’ve been away but – obviously – if offered it by a kind homestay family you don’t say no! We got ourselves up and packed, said goodbye to our family and headed on our way. First top today was a view point of Mount Kinabalu – it’s a pretty imposing mountain but always (as...

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Oct 8, 2016 - Mountains and miraculous recoveries

So the last few days have been interesting and we have completed our attempt on mount Kinabalu, at 4,095m the highest mountain in SE Asia. Unlike Kili you gain height very quickly, stopping at a mountain hut 3,200m above sea level over night before attempting the summit for sunrise. It was a long slog, with the usual uncertainties caused by the darkness and the limited light allowed by the head torch, where your world is restricted to the small circle of light at your feet. The ascent via the Timophon path started from the gate at km 0 (the...

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Dave in Borneo 2016

Sep 26, 2012 - Day Trip to Mt. Kinabalu

Wiki Info Kinabalu Natl Park "It is in moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." Books About Optimism by Tony Robbins Our day trip to this fine place was great but unfortunately, my record via photos is lost. Much nicer here hiking than jungle hike in Bako! Andrea is a great hiking friend - never complaining even tho she didn't bring good footwear (flip flops!). None of us anticipated the cool temps, but out of the wind in the forest it wasn't too bad, tho rain did cool us down considerably. Easy travel to/from by local bus.

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Jan 19, 2011 - Mount Kinabalu

Arrived 19th January Departed 24th January So... The big climb! Mount Kinabalu stands at 4095.2m above sea level, the highest peak in South East Asia. That’s pretty high! I’m not going to lie, I found it really hard! The first leg especially. 6km and 3200m to the rest house on day one was really hard. So steep and pure rock steps the whole way. We arrived at the rest house at about 1.15pm and relaxed for a few hours before dinner. I went to bed at 7.30am although didn’t sleep as I shared a room with 15 Malaysians (9 beds!!) including 2...

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Flip flop's tour

Jun 28, 2008 - Mt. Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo)

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu. Started up the trail at 8:00am. Reached Laban Rata hut (11,000 feet) at 1:00pm. Went to bed about 9pm. Woke up around 2:30am for 3:00am departure. Hiked in the dark for three hours for a sunrise summit (13,000+ feet) over southeast Asia. Back at the hut at 8am, a quick breakfast, back on the trail by 9:30am and back at the trailhead by 1:00pm. Now for some commentary! We jumped on a plane from Kuching, Sarawak to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, then caught a mini bus to the base of the mountain...so easy. It all worked out...

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Mar 20, 2007 - Mount Taake

Mt. Kinabalu er verdens yngste ikke-vulkanske fjell og soer oest asias hoeyeste topp. Og vi skulle opp. Veien opp gaar gjennom verdens eldste regnskog, noe som innebar hoey fuktighet og lav sikt (Selv fra toppen). Vaare forventninger til Uncle Tan's var at det kom til aa bli toeft, ekstremt, og at dyrelivet (slanger, edderkopper, krokodiller osv.) kunne gjoere oppholdet noe utrivelig. Heldigvis tok vi grundig feil. Mht. Mt. Kinabalu saa vi for oss at det burde vaere grei skuring, simpelthen fordi saa mange turister naar toppen hvert aar....

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Jan 26, 2007 - Mt Kinabulu Climb (Day 2) & Poring Hot Springs

We got up at 1.40am and didn't get that much sleep.... the Japanese guy who was sharing our dorm had the most unusual snore and kept us awake for most of the night so we only got about 2 hours in. After piling on our clothes and a quick snack, we started to climb the 2.7km to the summit in the pitch black in around 8 degrees. We had bought some little torches that fastened around our heads to help us find our way and for the first 1 km it was pretty straight forward. However, at the 7km point, the climb started to get very steep so much...

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Sep 26, 2006 - Mount Kinabalu National Park

Catching the bus for the second time on the same road, we preloaded with some anti-nausea pills in anticipation. The whole process seemed a lot less painful. Arriving in early afternoon at the park headquarters (1524m), we checked in, and received our instructions for the next day. While delivering our bags to the hostel, we started to feel hungry. We checked out food prices in the park restaurant, and concluded that the short walk out of the park and across the street to an independent restaurant would fit our budget better. The restaurant...

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Somewhere in Asia

Sep 19, 2006 - Poring Hotsprings and Kinabalu Park

Today we arranged another tour, this time to Poring Hotsprings and Kinabalu Park. The drive to the hotsprings was two hours on a very windy mountain road. When we arrived we first did a jungle walk to a series of walkways built in the forest canopy - wobbly, suspended, ladder bridges hanging 100 feet up in the trees. Amazing! We then spent some time in the hotsprings (very hot) before a traditional Malaysian lunch. Then we drove half an hour back the way we came to Kinabalu Park. This is at the base of Mt. Kinabalu which is a world...

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Sep 12, 2006 - Sabah - KK, Orangutans, Rafflesia, Mountains, hotsprings

I am now in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - just flew up this morning and I am hoping to climb Mount Kinabalu (highest Mountain in SE Asia) on Tues or weds - I know sounds crazy considering what I said in the Sarawak entry about my already aching limbs and my lack of fitness, but if Mandy can do it then so can I!! (she was in Borneo last year) I've met some other people that have done it as well and they said that it's not too steep a climb(!) but it's actually the altitude that makes it more challenging. I think it's about 4100m at the summit....

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Aug 26, 2006 - Climbing Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo

After a few days of river safaris, night trekking and mud, it was back to Kota Kinabalu for the ultimate challenge in Sabah - climbing Mount Kinabalu. At 4095.2 metres, this is the highest mountain in South East Asia. If we were to make it to the top, we could say that we had climbed half of Mt. Everest. What more motivation did we need! The climb took 2 days. We set off on Day 1 with our own personal mountain guide which is compulsory. The climb from the park headquarters actually starts off downhill, but it was very much uphill from...

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Apr 28, 2006 - Climbing Mt. Kinabalu / Poring Hot Springs

So... I'm supposed to tell you all about how my Borneo experience was? Okay, here goes :-) It was a "dark and stormy night", ohh, actually it was quite nice and bright but very wet at times. I thought Malaysia was in the dry season, but it seems global warming has some issues with the common calender, so everything is not as it is supposed to be. Anyway, to start at the beginning.. I arrived in Kota Kinabalu more or less straight from Singapore. Quite a contrast I might add. I did not immediately recognise Singapore as a hyper clean...

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