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Mount Kota Kinabalu Hike

Road to Discovery

The Waiting Game
This I have to say is also an important time before any climb. You train your mind and body that you will embark on a journey that requires patience, a lot of willpower and persistence. Being a non athletic type of girl, exercise had to be enforced and laziness was always creeping up behind me. If not for my family and friends, I wouldn't have had any motivation to proceed. 

1. Do climbing exercises 2-3 months before. 20 minutes a day should be enough 3 times a week.
2. Hydrate yourself

The First Climb
The night before the climb, we stayed by the Lodges. The morning when you see the mountain in front of you was just beautiful. It was a beautiful day to climb. We had our quick breakfast and met up with our guide. Roland was very good with the area as he has been doing his job for the past 20 years. He gave us a few tips on how to climb to protect our knees as well as being patient when we rest every 5 minutes along the hike. Our climb to Laban Rata rest house lasted for roughly 6 hours. The weather was still good and we ate our early dinner. The view from our resthouse was also amazing at night. 

1. Bring warm outfits especially for gloves and socks - helps you sleep at the very cold night. 
2. Headlamps very useful
3. Its okay to rest every 5 minutes as long as you keep a steady pace. 
4. Don't give up

The Climb to the Peak
This leg of the journey is where your hard work of exercise and mind games comes to play. It is not an easy task, there were a few times that I wanted to back out. One of the reasons I didn't get to was because there were 10 other people behind you waiting for you to move forward on the rope area. So backing out was not an option. I want to give credit again to our guide, Roland who made sure we reach the checkpoint on time or that we don't lose hope in achieving that mornings goal. Now that I am recalling the event that took place, all I can remember are the last few rock climbs before we stepped on the peak sign - it was the most emotional part of my journey. It wasn't the view that made it emotional, it was the hard work and patience, retracing all the 2-3 months of doing tiring exercises after work which all made the climb worth it all. And of course, you just reached the end of your 4095 metres journey. 

Tip: 1. Don't give up

The Long Way Down
After having an emotional journey down the peak, we started our descent to Laban Rata. The view was beautiful. Amazing. Breath taking. If only you could stay for awhile longer but we had to reach the base camp before 4 pm so after a quick late breakfast, the climb down began. It felt good going down because every time you come across another person going up, you can't help give them a thumbs up to tell them that they have reached this far. 

Tips: 1. Take Panadol Extra. Makes the climb down faster. Took us 4 hrs. and 2. Wear knee guards

Have fun and be safe ^__^

A few words from my Guest Blogger:

This journey would not have been possible if not for my friends, Tre and Idel. Thank you for believing in me. Never in my life would I have dreamed that I can achieve something like this.

" My name is Katharina. Nurse by day, Student at night. Loves to write and dance. Eats french fries dipped in vanilla sundae. Travels often but still afraid of flying ".


Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).

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