The mountain called, again. This time, I decided to conquer Low's Peak with my best friend, Charo. It was a last minute plan, two weeks to prepare everything, just to celebrate the end of year 2014.
|The Unexpected Team KickStakin. From left: Burn, Jingkung (our awesome mountain guide), Gabriel, Darren, yours truly, and Charo. Our team started climbing around 8.30am.|
|Smile, because when life pulls us down, perhaps climbing Mount Kinabalu will lift us up again? HAHAHA!|
Please note that this was a 2-days climb. Packing for a 2-days Kinabalu climb (easy hike) is quite easy because you don't need to pack complicated climbing gears. There is no need to bring along your tent or sleeping bags and whatnot because accommodations are provided at Laban Rata (hostel and restaurant) and Gunting Lagadan Hostel (meals and accomodations were included in the 2-days climb package).
The distance to reach Laban Rata from Timpohon Gate is approximately 6km. You can reach Laban Rata in 4-5 hours depending on your fitness level.
Here's a list of what you should pack in your hiking bag:
Clothing For Day-01 Climb (Climb starts at 7.30/depending on your team)
- Trekking shoes or running shoes with good grip. I wore my Skechers Bionic Trail shoes (not recommended to be used on rockface). Adidas Kampung shoes are used by most of the mountain guides and porters.
- Comfortable hiking attire (or sports attire)/shorts/hiking pants/long sleeve shirt. Bring extra clothes for change.
- Socks (bring extra)
- Small towel
- Rain poncho/raincoat
Clothing For Day-02 Climb (Climb to Low's Peak starts at 2.30am/depending on your team)
- Warm clothing (wear 2-3 layers, depending on the weather and your ability to stand the coldness on Mount Kinabalu)
- Jacket/Wind breaker
- Head torch
- Hand gloves (bring extra)
- Shoes and socks
- Waterproof backpack/or you can cover your hiking bag with a raincover
- Personal toiletries
- Refillable water bottle
- High energy food (chocolates, raisins, bananas, energy bars)
- Personal medications (painkillers, altitude sickness tablets (please consult your doctor or a pharmacist on how to use these tablets))
- Sun block, Vaseline/lip balm/plasters
- Camera, handphone, GoPro
- Plastic bags
- Trekking poles (recommended, you can rent trekking poles at Kinabalu Park HQ)
Day-01 Climb//8.30am//to Laban Rata via Timpohon
|I wore a dri-fit shirt, running tights and trail shoes.. and managed to put everything into a small backpack with a raincover.|
|Taking picture with some climbers from other parts of the world.|
|The Unsung Heroes: A porter with supplies on his back (20-30kg), climbing to Laban Rata.|
|A state of trance. |
As we climbed higher, the weather gets colder, and the trees and vegetation begin to change.
|At Villosa Shelter, 1 more kilometre to reach Laban Rata.|
|“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” - John Muir|
|At last! Laban Rata! We reached Laban Rata after climbing for 3 hours 40 minutes from Timpohon.|
|Team KickStakin waiting for dinner buffet at Laban Rata Restaurant.|
|Climbers from other parts of the world chilling and taking pictures at Laban Rata.|
|“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” - Jeffrey Rasley|
|“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” - Edward Abbey|
|At Gunting Lagadan Hostel. Charo was mesmerized by the beauty of the mountain.|
enough rest is crucial. We slept at 9.00pm, and planned to wake up at
2.00am to start climbing to the peak at 2.30am. Sweet dreams!|
Day-02 Climb//2.30am//to Low's Peak
|“This mountain, the arched back of the earth risen before us, it made me feel humble, like a beggar, just lucky to be here at all, even briefly.” -Bridget Asher|
What I wore to Low's Peak: a dri-fit shirt, a turtleneck sweater, wind breaker, beanies, handgloves, trail shoes and tights. Brought along a headlamp, some chocolates, and a bottle of water.
|“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” - Friedrich Neitszche|
|With the view of the peaks on Mount Kinabalu. Mesmerizing!|
|Some asked why I kept climbing the same mountain. I don't have any explanation. The mountain keeps on calling, and perhaps the mountain is where I belong. Come, and try experience it yourself.|
|Going down is mandatory, because everything in this life is temporary. Live life to the fullest, for we don't have much time.|
|Success; a mountaineering victory is only a fleeting moment, but having known that we've made it, that satisfied the soul.|
My previous posts on Mount Kinabalu:
- My 5th Mount Kinabalu Expedition via Mesilau Trail 2013
- Cerita tinggi-tinggi Gunung Kinabalu 2-3 Jun 2009
P/s: I just did a one-day climb to Low's Peak, Mount Kinabalu in February 2015. Will blog about it soon!