While they were making that climb, I went back to sleep in the dormitory which I had all for myself and slept from 3am to 7am. Feeling refreshed after the 4 hours rest, I went to the restaurant to wait for our team members’ grand entrance. Yah, I was sitting there staring at the door for some familiar faces to appear! The first team member arrived at 9am! Bravo!
Breakfast at the restaurant was served from 7.30am to 10.30am. In other words, if you are doing the Summit climb try to be back at the restaurant on time for your breakfast! They will start stacking up their chairs at about 10.10am! Also, the check out time from the dormitories is also 10.30am, which you could request for extension of time till 11am.
We departed from Laban Rata at 11.30am, in the rain. Everyone was in ponchos and with the walking sticks, all ready to leave the mountain! But first, must pose for the camera lah! Not dear cousin’s or mine though! Sigh!
We could not go faster than we wished because of the slippery ground and rocks. Sad to say, we could not take any pictures because dear cousin’s DSLR is not waterproof and my waterproof Pentax had no battery! Sad!
I got excited when I saw a purplish transparent long worm and later, saw a bold red flat headed centipede eating a grey worm! However, was immediately saddened by the fact we did not have a camera to snap their pictures! Haizzz….
The climb down the Timpohon Trail was no fun. Its steep stony and wooden steps, complicated with puddles of water here and there, were big challenges to dear cousin as she had fallen too many times at the Summit and had bruises, cuts and sprains all over her body; all in the name to climb the Summit!
I, on the hand, was pretty refreshed and energetic for the climb down mission! Hahaha! Except I did not toe-hop on the rocks like a few of our team members!
They said, “You must not think! Just hop and touch the rocks and you will speed down like a breeze!” Hah! Sounds like some Shoalin kung fu lei! If I do that, I may just slip, topple and roll down the mountain! Wahahaha! That would be the fastest ever!!!
We touched down at the station about 4.30pm (only 5 hours to come down!), after climbing up the last flight of stairs to reach it! I actually shouted at the people looking down at us: “Hey! Don’t you guys have escalator?!!” Upon reaching it also, we were made to climb that @#$% stairs!! Sadist!
From the station, we had to take the van to the Kinabalu Park office to get our certificates. Aiyah, climb until half dead and all, sure must collect our certificates lah! Laban Rata only or the Summit, it did not matter anymore. We just want our souvenir from the mountain for our greatest effort (physical and mental) which had consumed 2 days of our lifetime!
Dear cousin was honoured with two colourful certificates:
and me, with one black and white certificate only:
Sob, how can the management be so bias;
discriminating those who made it to the Summit
against the ones who made it to Laban Rata only!
It was still a lot of effort mah!
That night, I had a hearty hot shower; washing my hair twice and scrubbing my body twice too! Dear cousin said she washed her hair three times! Hahaha! Remember, we did not take our bath the night before at Laban Rata??!
Before we left the next day, to our next destination – Labuan, we had our group picture taken. I must have it in record that, other than dear cousin and good “crazy” friend, I met 9 total strangers for this climb. I knew Monyet King from blogging but never met him before, including his wife and two sons (only one climbed with us), 2 of his staff, 2 of his associates, 1 fellow blogger and 1 acquaintance of his when he climbed Mount Everest Base.
The amazing thing about this group is they are all wonderful people and we really had a great time together! On the last day, we were busy exchanging our contact numbers and email addresses. We decided then we should meet one day to exchange our pictures and a get together; maybe another climb?
So, when are we going to do that lah, gals n guys???
Look out for the post – Climbing Mount Kinabalu: Before, During N After.