The old and the new of Kota Kinabalu

by drizad on July 13, 2015

I received emails from Mr. Anthony Catherall, served in North Borneo May – November 1960 with 11 Independent Field Squadron RE. He shared with me his extensive writings and vintage photos on some part of Kota Kinabalu in one of his friend’s website. It’s really nice to see those old photos, and I hope you can gain some information from it too!

I hope you are very well today.


29 moth species that you can find at Kiram’s Village, Kundasang at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu

by drizad on May 26, 2015

I actually took these photos in 2009, when Kiram’s Village was in its infancy. My family and I stayed in one of the chalet for a night, and we had a barbecue dinner. As usual, the weather was cold and wet. When I woke up the next morning, I was amazed by the numbers of the moths that swarmed the unit. Well, literally. More than 30 species spotted, and I bet that the owner of the chalet did not know about it. Kiram Village is known for its flowers before, and maybe with this post, it can be known for its moths!


Kinabalu Poem by John Roberts

by drizad on March 5, 2015

I received an email from one of our readers who was here in Sabah, Borneo during WWII. Mr Tony Catherall shared with us his experience and photos from the past on Tamparuli here. He now shared his friend’s poem for us.

Good afternoon from England


Mount Kinabalu is not anymore in the list of 10 highest mountain in SEA

by drizad on March 3, 2015

I was informed by one of our readers from my July 26, 2013 post, saying that Mount Kinabalu is not anymore in the top 10 highest mountain in SEA. Mount Kinabalu is now at the number 13. The new entry for the the list above Mount Kinabalu are:

1. Gunung Sumantri, Indonesia (4870m asl)
2. Gunung Ngga Pulu, Indonesia (4862m asl)
3. Gynung Ngga Pilimsit, Indonesia (4717m asl)


10 photos of Mount Kinabalu seen from King George’s Peak, Eastern Plateau

by drizad on February 10, 2015

I went up the mountain last month with a group of friends. We reached King George’s Peak on the Eastern Plateau of Kinabalu. The trail up there was the same as Summit Trail up until Panar Laban Rockface, where we then diverted to the right side of the trail into the woods. From there on, the climb took another 5 hours to the peak.


Help me raise fund for MERCY Malaysia Sabah Chapter – medical and dental missions

by drizad on February 5, 2015

I have started running since 2013, after sustaining knee injuries that prevented me from playing football in 2012. I have been running more than a thousand kilometers – on roads and trails – from the shortest distance with my kids of 3km to running a climbathon 23km up and down Mount Kinabalu with the elite runners since then. I love running very much. I run for my health from my heart. It sounds crazy sometimes for some, but I think I was bitten by the so called “runner’s bug” and I have to admit that “runner’s high” is real.


Eastern Plateau Expedition 2015, Mount Kinabalu

by drizad on January 27, 2015

We went up the Eastern Plateau of Kinabalu last weekend. Managed to shoot a lot of photos and some short videos.

For your information, I used Openshot video editor, an open source application in my Dell Ubuntu 14.04 laptop. Photos and videos was shot using a China made video cam, Action Cam RD990.

I hope you enjoy the video!


Eastern Plateau Climb 2015 – King George’s Peak Expedition

by drizad on January 9, 2015

I has been a very long time since I climbed Mount Kinabalu beyond Layang-Layang Hut. The last climb was in 2008 up to Low’s Peak and I can still remember the views of the majestic mountain. I participated in the last two Climbathon events – 2013 & 2014 – but those climbathon route did not includes the peak. The routes were only up to Layang-Layang Hut before we have to go down along Mesilau Trail.


Bring enough fuel on your Mount Kinabalu climbing trip

by drizad on November 26, 2014

I received an email from a 71 years old climbers who were ill informed about the severity of the mountain, especially for those who were unprepared. Dour, wrote this to me:

I traversed the Mesilau trail in September this year.
We were ill prepared. And did not have enough food for the trip.
I am an experienced tramper and easily cover 11km in 4-5 hours. We were not advised about extra food. I took plenty of water 2 litre bladder as well as two 650mls bottles.
We all suffered from lack of fuel because we were not advised of the severity of the landscape.


Book your 2015 Mount Kinabalu climbing package now!

by drizad on November 21, 2014

I heard that the cost of Mount Kinabalu climbing package for the year of 2015 is going to be increase. I heard it from a very reliable source, as Malaysian government is going to implement 6% Goods & Service Tax starting from 1st April 2015, it’s expected that the price will only go up. With that move, most of travel and tour operators all around Malaysia, who handle packages and climbers to Mount Kinabalu are expected to increase the prices between 5-10% from the previous year.

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