Day 213, Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu Travel Blog› entry 19 of 29 › view all entries
June 12th, 2006 – by: alanmica
The hike up Kinabalu, it was hard, but good, could have done it in my flip flops, but I am glad I didn't. We spent the night before staying up much to late watching the Trinidad and Tabago vs Sweeden football match in Kota Kinabalu, actually a very entertaining game for a 0-0 draw. We got up at 6am to get to the mountain and hiking by 10:30, got to the base camp at 3:30 after a very relaxed 6k hike up a pretty steep mountain. Din and I stopped for a game or two of "Shit Head" at each rest stop. It was a long steep hike, but not too hard. It was nice to spend the night (evening? since we got up at 2 am hiking by 3am) near the summit, we even had hot water, and the summit lodge had a buffet dinner.
It was the night before the full moon so there was plenty of light, no need for a torch. Once at the top I got to watch the moon set and the sunrise together, well above the clouds, overlooking Kota Kinabablu and the south China Sea, as well as the whole of Borneo shrouded in clouds, there was also a pretty decent electrical storm off to the north.
I took a 2 hour nap back at the cabin, then got back down off the mountain at noon. Had a good feed while waiting for a couple to come down so a group of us could share a van to the Pouring Hot Springs where we spent a couple hours soaking in the sulfur water, then spent the night there.
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