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Trip Report Climbing Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

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I went with a group of colleagues to climb Mt Kinabalu last year. It was an awesome experience . Mt Kinabalu is 4,095M. It is widely considered to be an 'easy' climb, where mountains are concerned. No special equipment needed. You just need to be fit because you keep climbing up steps and steps and more steps.

I have put a detailed report on my 2 part blog post here:
http://guitar123foodandtravel.blogspot.sg/2013/10/mount-kinabalu-sabah-borneo-east.html

A bit more descriptions as follows. The view of Mt Kinabalu from the coach.
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You don’t need any prior experience or training to climb Mt Kinabalu. You just need to be physically fit.
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A lot of the climb is mind over matter. Just keep climbing the never ending staircase.
As you get higher, the steps get less defined. It is starting to look more like cut rocks now.
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They have rest huts, every 500m or so. They call them pondoks.
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This was past the 3,000m mark. Just keep going.
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I reached the Laban Rata rest house after a 5.5 hour climb. Looks quite neat!
We would rest here for the evening and start the morning ascent at 2am the next morning.

Truth be told, the climb up Mt Kinabalu is highly commercialized. Then again, I’m not into climbing mountains, and I’d like some creature comforts.
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Thank you chefs!
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You could even get a beer. Felt a bit like a cruise? 
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Next morning, this was taken at 3am. Climbing into the darkness. What an experience. All of us had headtorches.
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We were almost at the summit. Doesn’t look like we’re on Earth now.
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The last push to the summit is a difficult climb up very steep rocks. I felt like a mountain goat. If you look at the top right of this picture, you see a mass of people – that is the summit.
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We were above the clouds.
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This was very near the summit. Certainly not something you see everyday. The locals believed that the final resting place of their deceased would be the top of the mountain. Here, you are witnessing a priest decked out in what looks like Catholic robes, conducting some type of religious service.
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Well, after the euphoria of reaching Low’s Peak, we had to face the inevitable. We had to climb down the mountain! It turns out that climbing down was even more difficult than climbing up. Why? We were tired. Legs were aching. But, I fully intended to get home in one piece. So we did it.
On the plus side, the views were fantastic.
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I leave Mt Kinabalu with this poignant picture. Look at the load this person is carrying up the mountain. It is a lady. She is one of the many locals who make a living carrying food, goods and other equipment up and down the mountain. My guide told us that they only get 30 to 40 Malaysian Ringgit (or USD 10 to 13) for each round trip, to the Laban Rata Rest house. It is very humbling. We ought not to take our good lives for granted.
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