Singapore to 4095.2m
02.04.2012 - 07.04.2012
So after what has worked itself out to be an incredibly amazing, tiring and memorable first week of travel, we are holed up in a hostel in Kota kinabalu, resting tired muscles and getting ready for the next leg and thought we might have enough to write about... We will see. First stop Singapore, the first visit of what may turn out to be a few over the next couple of weeks to visit with my brother Ben and his wife Brittany. Most of our time here was spent rearranging flights for our unexpected stop over in the US, and preparing for our Borneo Trek with Ben and Britt, so maybe some more on Singapore when we next visit... On to Borneo, or more specifically, Mt Kinabalu.
We packed as light as possible for the trek, trying to cut our packs down to the bare essentials. We had to carry our gear for 5 hours, up to where we would spend the night. We were ready to take on the mountain, bags and all, but when our guide offered to carry the packs up for us at 13RM ($4) a kilo, we cheated a little and sent Tam's bag with him. We needed to climb almost 1300m over 6km to the hut where we would stay overnight, and it was hard work.
Each set of rocky stairs weaved its way into another even steeper stair case, and as we trudged along, we were passed by porters carrying building materials, food and other supplies that made the loads on our backs seem insignificant. A sense of accomplishment hit us as we set foot into the hut where we would spend the night. We went to bed early to be woken up at 2am to set off for the summit. By 3am we were onour way up to the summit to reach it by sunrise. .
Making it to the summit, our second sense of accomplishment took over while taking in the amazing views and enjoying some very well deserved chocolate Easter eggs.
Next up, the via Ferrata. (Google via Ferrata to get a better explanation). . .
We put on our harnesses and walked over the edge of the mountain to abseil down the cliff face. It was so much fun and way less scary than I expected. We took the long Low's Peak Circuit back down from the summit to the huts. We made it back to the huts by about 1:30pm. So you can imagine we were pretty exhausted, but it was an absolutely incredible experience.
Another early night, then up early, and heading down the mountain by about 7:30. Getting down was much easier and our third sense of accomplishment hit us, only to be elevated by Malaysian tourists at the national park gates wanting to take photos with the people who climbed the mountain!...
And that's how we developed a phobia of stairs. The next day our muscles were SORE! Every little step in our path made us cringe for 2 days.
But it was all worth it.