Mount Kinabalu Report - 11 July 2009
We felt like a bunch of Hobbits on our way to the Black Gate, and guided by, well, Smeagol, with its ancient trees, slates of rocks etc, which was very fun, and tiring... (for the record, none of us have done any climbing, ever, before. and our trainings are, well, zero!). We have met all the descending climbers, who wished us luck and passing stories of gorgeous it was. We were all ever so eager with Glen usually left us all the way up (he's a smoker, but claims that his lungs are clapping for joy then).
fooling around, still unaware of the reality of the climb
We reached Laban Rata at 11.30 a.m., and being a typical Malaysian, we thought that we would have to fight for seats and our food in the small cafe by dinner. And the fact that our Gunting Lagadan hostel is so far away at the top of the quarters, we hang our jackets and played Monopoly until 5 p.m. (that was real fun since the last time a gazillion lightyears ago). We had our dinner, and were nice to finish them early so others could take our seats, and headed to Gunting Lagadan. Since it was a non-heated room, we quickly settled under our blankets and we all put whatever clothes we had on us (I need more socks).
on top of the (SouthEast Asia) world