“Winter jacket, on?”
On the neck already!
Hahaha! Dear cousin asked me to carry her whiskey for her! Someone suggested that it would be excellent to warm the body if the weather gets too cold at the peak! There we were, each carrying a backpack; mine with the whiskey and hers with her DSLR. Of course we each packed snacks and a bottle of water too lah!
The queue was moving slowly ahead of me. Every step I took to get nearer to the Summit, my breath went shorter of oxygen. Since I was the last person in our team’s line, the second guide was tagging behind me.
The first time I stopped to catch my breath, he asked: “Are you okay? Are you sure you want to continue?” The second time I stopped, after another flight of wooden steps, to catch my breath, he said: “You know? We have to reach the Sayat-Sayat Hut by 5am?”
Guess he was discouraging me from advancing further. It did not take me long then to decide forgoing the climb. I did not want to be a burden to anyone. I did not want to be gasping for oxygen when everyone struggles in getting to the summit. Hahaha! Yah, yah, try to make myself sound like a hero only!
So, how to write this blog post about the summit lah? Don’t worry, I did not make it does not mean dear cousin also did not make it mah! As usual, she was a darling to snap many pictures for this blog of mine!
Let her pictures now take you to her sharing of her climb to the Summit! Wish I was there with her…..
Dear cousin: “It was dark when we climbed up that flight of wooden stairs from the rest house.”
Ya, ya, I was there too; until I was convinced to turn back by the guide. I had to walk down the stairs of shame, in the dark, on my own! That was the loneliest moment of my life! Looking down on the steps with my headlight, I had to make sure I do not slip and fall to further humiliate myself from the disgrace of walking back to the rest house.
Despite my careful footings, I still slipped on a stone and hit the end of the wood plank of the next step – leaving a bruise on each of my leg to remember this “memorable” time of my life…. haizz….
The first picture at the Summit!
“I only took out my DLSR
after I confirmed with Monyet King that it was safe for me to do so.
You know lah, I would not want to take a chance to lose my beloved camera mah.”
Sure, sure, the whole team knew about your love for your camera too!
You rather lose your life than your camera, right??!
“We stopped pulling the ropes here though there were ropes on the ground.“
“Our two pairs of cotton garden gloves got wet almost immediately.
(Because it rained the whole night.)
My hands were freezing cold lei!”
Maybe it is better to get some water proof gloves for the climb, huh?
This is where everyone who climbs the Summit would be taking photo with!
The little signboard that would mark their historical moment of their achievement;
of successfully “conquered” the Summit.
Dear cousin took more than a dozen pictures here!
Humph! Show off!
Going down already?
No wonder Monyet King said,
“I heard your dear cousin shouting:
DON’T EVER ASK ME TO COME UP HERE AGAIN!!!”
Now, did you do that ah, dear cousin???
“Yes! Yes! I did! I did!
I tell you ah, I really felt that when I was climbing in the dark!
Really in the dark, not knowing what was around you!
“Do you know how tired it is pulling your body weight on the ropes??!
Must have really strong arms to do that!
Due to my fatigue, my legs gave up on me a few times!
Thank goodness, I had some heroes rescuing me every time!
Boy, am I glad now that I took the guide’s advice!
Don’t think they had enough heroes to save me too lah!
Near the Sayat-Sayat Hut.
From this point everyone was advised to use the ropes.
“This stretch was the toughest climb of the Summit especially when you are in the dark.
I was only able to see what I had done or where I had groped with the ropes
when I was going down (when the sun was up)!
OMG! Did I do that?!”
When you see this “snake head” wood, you are near to the rest house already.
If you want to see how it is like going up the Summit,
scroll up from here and you will kind of have an idea how the changes of terrain would be.
Use your imagination of climbing up instead of climbing down lah!
Dear cousin, after shouting
“DON’T EVER ASK ME TO COME UP HERE AGAIN!!!”,
do you seriously think you will not want to climb to the Summit of Mount Kinabalu again?
I must say that when I was finally at the Summit,
I did feel the climb was worth it!
I did not want to leave the place so soon.
“I noticed some people rushed up to the Summit
and hurriedly leave the place without enjoying the clouds and the sceneries there.
Isn’t it a waste to make all the effort to be at the top and not spend at least half an hour there?
“Although we missed the sunrise that day, it was still fine to me coz
the Summit itself was really breath taking, you know?”
Haizz, I wish I will know lah!
Why rub salt on the wounds??!
You know very well I was not there mah…. haizzzzzzzz
Look out for the sum up post of the Climbing Mount Kinabalu episodes, coming soon…..