# Mount Kinabalu Part 1

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Mount Kinabalu here I come.

## Prelude.

The Mission, climb Mount Kinabalu. 4,095 metres (13,435 ft). Finally.! It has been my ambition to be able to reach the peak. But due to work, time and budget constrains, this activity had always to be postponed year after year. The trip is organised by a friend, and actually, I was the last-minute entry as one of the original expedition team  member, who had to back-out due to some unavoidable circumstances. He contacted me, on FB, and invited me to fill the spot, it took me 15 minutes to think, check the flight availability and for Rm417.00. I booked the ticket to Kota Kinabalu on 17 October. Step one complete..!

## Step two: Costs

The flight ticket plus the other expenses, which has been detailed with the table sent by my good friend so far is about RM520.. brings the total cost so far RM940.00. Did some math and budget calculations here and there and gladly it was still achievable.  The details as below, which took me some time to understand and “decipher”, are for the calculation of expedition members from KL/Penang, and since I am the only odd ball in the game.. some of the travelling expenses is irrelevant.

 KINABALU BUDGET ITEM PER PERSON RM TOTAL REFERENCE CLIMBING RATE 452 ESTIMATE PRICE RM TOTAL TOTAL PER PERSON CLIMBING PERMIT 30 MOUNTAIN GUIDE 2 WAY 100 X 2 PERSON 200 15.4 INSURANS 7 489 TRANSPORT RETURN 1500 1500 115.4 MT GUIDE 15.4 15.4 HOSTEL OVERNITE ON 18th 450 450 34.6 TRANSPORT RETURN 115.4 115.4 APARTMENT 3 BILIK ON 19th(governmet rate) 350 350 26.9 CERTIFICATE COLOR/NON COLOR 10@1 10.0 BOAT FOR SNOORKELING(15 0RANG) 350/BOAT 350 23.3 HOSTEL OVERNITE ON 18th 34.6 34.6 APARTMENT 3 BILIK 26.9 26.9 BBQ ON 18th NITE 10 10 FLIGHT TICKET 440 440 TRANSPOTATION FROM PENANG TO KILA 100.0 SNOOKERLING BOAT 23.3 23.3 TOTAL PER PERSON = 1264.6 DEPOSIT 250 FLIGHT TICKET 440 BALANCE GUNUNG 239 BALANCE 335.6

## Step Three: Preparations ..

Doing a two-day climb, without some preparation is a little bit fictional if not stupid. At least study and gain some knowledge of what to expect and learn from other’s experience so the trip would be successful is indeed crucial. Research some online info and plan about what to expect there. Prepare for the cold weather, arduous climb, and of course, decide what equipment to take for photographing. Flash, camera, lenses, batteries (spare. chargers).. etc… That alone might take over 3 kilos. :(. Checklist of items to bring, helps to get organised better and thanks to my friend, who provided the group with lots of useful information and reference, made the research process a lot easier.

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The best advice when planning a trip to such places as Mount Kinabalu is to use your common sense. It is better for you to divide the climbing equipment into 2 parts. The first one would be from Timpohon Gate at Kinabalu Park HQ to Laban Rata and the second one from Laban Rata to the summit.You can buy most of the things while you are in Kota Kinabalu or Kinabalu Park HQ. Lucky for you, climbing Mount Kinabalu does not need any special climbing tools. You just need a healthy body and some minimal non-technical climbing equipment. These are the suggested basic equipment that you need during the climb, categorized according to the climbing phase. Timpohon Gate to Laban Rata(0800hrs)

• It is a day climb, usually warm and sunny. So lightweight clothing like t-shirts and bermudas/shorts is sufficient. Track bottom is okay.
• Cap/hat. √
• Sun-glasses . χ
• Raincoat, in case of rain. Disposable raincoat is easily available in Kota Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park. Umbrella, if necessary. √
• Good shoes. It is better for you to have a high cut shoes as to prevent from ankle injury. Sports shoe is adequate. √
• Rubber sandals/slippers. Some of the climbers use only open-toe rubber sandals with thick socks during the first part of the climb. It can also be used in the wet bathroom during your stay in Laban Rata.
• Sunblock cream . χ
• Face towels. √
• 1 liter water bottle. You can refill your water during the climb on each shelter. √
• Toilet tissue papers. χ
• Food that is light and easy to eat – like raisins, chocolate, nuts, energy bars, glucose and some oral rehydration salts. Other food like instant noodle, instant coffee or tea, bread, canned sardines and tuna, if you would like to save some money for your meals at Laban Rata.
• Plastic bags. χ
• Insect repellent (with DEET). χ
• Waist pouch. It will also be used during the second part of the climb. χ
• Your backpack. Better to have a waterproof one. If not, pack everything in double plastic bag in case of rain. Try to limit it to less than 10 kilograms. It would be a burden for you to bring more than that. √
• Still or video camera . This is a must. Bring spare batteries, memory cards (for digital) or film (for manual camera). You would not want to miss anything, right? √
• Walking/hiking stick (trekking pole), but it is not necessary. χ
• Towels, toothbrush and toothpaste. Soap is provided in Laban Rata. You can have your bath in a heated bathroom there. √
Laban Rata to Low’s Peak (0230hrs)
• It is a night climb, usually cold and windy. So, warm clothes is essential. It reaches below 5°C at the peak! √
• Torchlight. Headlight is better as most of the time you have to hold the rope in the dark. √
• Balaclava mask. It will protect your face from the cold wind.
• Gloves. Waterproof gloves is best, but two pair of good wool gloves is necessary. It will protect your hands from rope burn and cold. √
• Wind breaker or jackets, long sleeves shirts, thick trousers/cargo pants, thick socks and good shoes. √
• Small water bottle (500ml bottle is enough). The only place to refill you bottle is at Sayat-sayat Hut. √
• Raincoat. √
• Some light foods.
• Camera with enough memory cards or film and batteries. √
• Waist pack is handy at this time as you could keep your camera and raincoat inside. √
It is not necessary for you to bring along your one month luggage for the entire trip to Sabah up to the mountain. Sutera Sanctuary Lodges reception office in Kinabalu Park HQ have a place for you to keep your belongings and luggage with some nominal fee. You could contact them for further information. Most important thing is – travel light.
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After analyzing and doing some summary, I kind of shorten the list to this simple and easy to read table.. of course some items might have other smaller sub-items in them, especially under camera and clothes.. Have to take care not to over-do the packing or to forget those tiny essentials (batteries, extra memory cards, ID, cash, etc..  ). leaving some of these items behind accidentally can make an simple and fun trip miserable…

 a) Energy food i.e. chocolate bars, biscuits, glucose tablets √ b) A head torch √ c) A raincoat or poncho √ d) A windbreaker √ e) Warm clothing √ f) A small bottle of water √ g) A pair of gloves √ h) An extra pair of socks √ i ) A cap or beanie √ j) Slippers x k) Toiletries √ l) camera equipment √

Got most of the items in the list. Just decided to cancel out the slippers.

## Step Four: Physically and mentally ready.

Knowing that the trail would take about 5 hours on the first day and another 3 hours the next day early morning.. as the summit is to be reached by sunrise. Plus that the temperature would be −5° Celsius there, physical fitness, stamina and strength is the utmost asset in this trip. Nothing matters more than our dexterity and mental power. It would be wise to do some physical and stamina training few weeks earlier just to meet the requirements. While the long trek does not bother me much, I am much more worried of the cold mountain winds and weather, just hope that all goes as planned.  Updates from the other members shows that they have been doing some training and trekking themselves back home, which is really good as to show the spirits and commitment that every team members have… Had to make some sacrifice myself for this trip and cancel important schedules. 😦