As we walked down in the warmth of the morning sun, I said to myself, if I ever, ever climb this mountain again, I would start the 2nd leg just before sunrise, reaching this area around sunrise and just sit there to enjoy the view.The colour of the sky is just divine. The view looking down is equally gorgeous. I would bring my ‘real’ camera, so I can get better pictures of the surroundings.
In this post, I share pictures of my little one, who took his time and really enjoyed the trip going down. He kept requesting us to slow down so that he can better enjoy where he was.
All are shot with iPhone 4S
After few hours of sleep at Laban Rata Rest House, we woke up around 2 am the following morning. We had a quick light breakfast and left at 2.45am to attempt to reach the summit.
The hike started smoothly, until the kids had altitude sickness. As a mom, my heart was torn, questioning myself whether this journey is actually too hard for them, or, just to push them beyond their limits. They started vomiting and I could see the tears in their eyes. But they kept going.
When we reached km 7 or so, the terrain changed to complete plain granite, which can only be passed by holding on to ropes, in total darkness. The wind was blowing very, very strongly from all directions. Our guide said that the wind is unusually strong that morning, reaching minus 2 degrees centigrade on the summit. We prepared ourselves for the cold, but we didn’t prepare ourselves for the strong wind.
My heart bleed when my little one, in the midst of vomiting said, “I don’t want to give up, mama, but I just want to sit down and rest”. Unfortunately, resting was not an option, as there were no single place that could protect us from the strong wind. We just kept encouraging them to keep going, walking slowly to the top.
We finally reached the top at 5.30am, just before the sunrise. We tried to enjoy the beautiful sunrise, but the kids were just too cold to enjoy it. After a quick family photo snap, which was done by our guide, we descended the mountain, following the kids’ pace.
All are shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver
On 5th of January, to kick start the new year of 2015, we decided on a rather ambitious journey of climbing the 4095m height Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia.
On the first day, accompanied by an accredited guide, which is part of this national park regulations, we started our climb at 8.45am. We needed to sign at Mesilau Gate, which is the starting point of the climb.
Our 9 and 10 year-old sons were super excited about this adventure, they didn’t complain of being tired, etc. Unless, of course, when they were hungry :-). Following their pace, we climbed slowly while enjoying the nature and had few break whenever the kids needed to.
So here are some pictures of our first day climb.
All are shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver and iPhone 4S