I haven't had the chance to really write about my Mount Kinabalu climb in February this year. In fact I never had the habit of writing about any of my experiences. The past few months that I've experienced is making me realise that I should be jotting down my thoughts, ideas and reflections in a place where may be accessed by people and me. I have learned too many valuable lessons, from my trips, from precious friends and mentors, and from God himself and His word.
The Kinabalu climb was physically challenging. It was equivalent to twenty hours of continuous climbing, with an 8 hour break and a 4 hour break in between. A real trial for me, the hike was on moderately rough terrain as well, for which my pair of boots paid the price.
What was really enjoyable was the company of the friends who were with me. Jon (who planned the trip), YC, CW and Edwin were great fun throughout the trip. They always had interesting topics to talk about and were super helpful too (esp Jon who did all the research and preparation work beforehand).
As old friends from high school, it was really nice to find out how they are all individually doing. The time spent together made me recall the days we suffered and enjoyed in Hwach high school Humanities Programme with Mr Samuel Lim, Ms Cheong and Dr Mercer. Those were the insane years when I took triple pure sciences, double Maths and triple pure humanities, with a humanities research paper to write. By God's grace I've survived that and I'm praying that He will continue to multiply the works of my hands so that I can be more effective and not worry about earthly things.
Anyway, the sights of Kinabalu and Sabah in general are terrific. On top of Kinabalu, we were at the highest point in Southeast Asia and there were few mountain peaks as high up as where we were. Our guide, Julius, was incredibly friendly and professional, going to the extent of offering Edwin his own pair of shoes and to climb barefoot so that Edwin could wear a proper pair of shoes because Edwin's ones broke during the climb.
One thing we did miss was the often praised food of Sabah :/ had some unremarkable seafood on the first day (tho the chicken wings were cheap and good) at a local market but otherwise the food was decent but there was nothing spectacular.