05.30 am – Woke up to a nice big cup of energy drink.
And so did Gayfrey and
06.10 am – All packed up and ready to go!
Walking to Balsam Cafe to get our breakfast.
Round 1 of 3.
Dear God, give me strength to stay macho and meet hotties along the way.
Ah, done with breakfast.
07.11 am – Collected our packed lunch,
paid for the return transport to Timpohon gate from Kinabalu Park HQ and
collected our tags.
The weather stayed awesome!
07.30 am – Us with our guide, Petrus ‘Jalan Dulu’ Soudi. The coolest guide in our opinion. From the beginning till the end, Petrus will always be following us for 5 minutes, then stops for a smoke, and then catch up to us and follow us for another 5 minutes and stop for a smoke, and it went on and on the entire journey! Usually when he wants to stop he’ll just say ‘Jalan Dulu’. To be able to catch up to us in lightning speed, I think Petrus must’ve been a reincarnated horse.
Walking to the hut by the gate.
6 km of uphill. Don’t mess around, man. Between easy, medium and hard, climbing Kinabalu is actually VERY HARD. No joke.
Did a bit of stretching.
The only downhill flight of steps we encountered during the ascent. The only.
The only bridge we encountered.
Our last picture taken together. (The 3 of us got separated 5 minutes later)
The view along the way was pretty okay at the beginning,
as after that, all you’re gonna see along the ways are steps,
One of the very many locals who carried tens of kilograms of supply on their backs up to Laban Rata just for us. She’s a reminder to eat every last bit of rice and drop of drink that we take.
Very high steps.
08.20 am – Took us about 20 minutes to scale the first kilometer and boy was it hard!
Gayfrey at 1.5km.
08.50 am – Half an hour for the 2nd kilometer.
Signboards along the way to keep you on track.
Taking a break at LowII shelter, the 2nd of 7 shelters along the way.
Tank of unfiltered water found in every hut. Later, I discovered that the higher the shelter, the cleaner the water.
At the fork to rtm station.
09.10 am – At 2.5km.
I noticed that the steps started to get pretty rocky.
09.20 am – At 3km.
At Mempening shelter. The 4th of 7 between Laban Rata and Timpohon gate.
We stopped a bit longer, about 10 minutes, cause we played with squirrels.
09.50 am – At 3.5km.
Meanwhile, somewhere below, John was having fun by himself.
10.02 am – Reached Layang Layang hut, the 5th shelter, which was almost 4km into our journey. This was the point where Timpohon trail meets Mesilau trail.
We were super hungry and so we stopped for a snack. We ate 4 bars total.
10.12 am – At 4km.
The meeting point of the 2 trails.
From here onwards, the path become pretty rocky.
The only concern was grip, as the rocks were wet and slippery.
We realized that we must be in the clouds as we’re surrounded by mist.