Via Ferrata Mount Kinabalu
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December 15th, 2008 – by: kc_chan17
What intrigued me about the activity was the opportunity to take pictures of the mountain, of which I have never taken before. Having climbed the mountain 3 times previously, I thought that it was not necessary to push myself up the mountain. Its like, having a holiday 3000 feet above sea level.
History of Via Ferrata can be found on http://www.mountaintorq.com/History/viaferrata.html
Anyway, I was in a group of 13 young swimmers, hiking up the mountain. Took us 6 hours to reach Laban Rata rest hut, where dinner was served. Again, I emphasize swimmers. After dinner, we headed up to Pendant Hut (3270m) or accommodation for the night, and where we had our briefing.
There is a cut off time for starting the Via Ferrata activity, and that was 8am, due to many reasons, that there might be fog etc etc. Out of the 13 people, only 6 of us did the Via Ferrata Activity. Only 3 made it to the peak. Undoubtedly they are swimmers.
We hiked to the starting point, which wasn't too far down from the hut, and began what seemed to be the most dangerous experience I have ever experienced, next to sitting at the back of a Tuk Tuk, in Thailand.
We were all geared up with a helmet, what they call the brain bucket, the the harness (chasity belt), and the lanyard (the scorpion).
Two hours later, we were back at the Pendant Hut. Awaiting us was breakfast, toast, with baked beans, sausages, and hard boiled eggs.
The overall experience was great. It was a little tricky carrying my camera around my neck, and making sure my lens does not hit the granite. I am glad that I was able to experience the via ferrata. Also glad that it is over.
(At the time of writing this blog, 17th December 2008, I am still currently recovering from muscle fatigue in both my legs).
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