Mount Kinabalu Travel Blog› entry 32 of 45 › view all entries
May 15th, 2008 – by: razorriome
We were all pretty excited at the start but our spirits were dampened quickly. Friendly folks coming down in cold weather gear informed us that no one had been allowed to the top in four days because of rain and wind.
We were not staying in the main lodge but rather one a few hundred meters up the mountain. The walk to our lodge was horrendous. The winds were blowing at 100 mph, temperature was 5C, and the rain was coming down in sheets making the sloping rock face very slippery. I was chilled to the core when we got there. I stripped out of my wet stuff and when straight to bed at about 6:00 to thaw myself out.
As expected we were not allowed to climb to the summit on the second day. It was a long day for my knees walking down the endless steps. Being a sucker for punishment I vowed to come back another day when the weather was better to concur the mountain. Lesson earned for the rest of you: ask around about the weather because no one selling the accommodation or even at the park headquarters gave us any warning that no one had been up in several days.
Travel mates: Ian (England)
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