I am back to my clinic today. After having a very exhausting trip up and down Mt. Kinabalu on Friday & Saturday (18th & 19th April), I am now back to my usual work. Feels good to be back, but missed the fellowship with other volunteers, Special Olympics athletes and escorts. I am not sure … Read more 4th Special Olympics Mt. Kinabalu Challenge – Flag off ceremony
I received an email from one of Kinabalu climber yesterday. He is looking for his mountain guide name Billy Sapinggi, when he did the climb in December last year. If you have any information on the guide’s whereabout and phone number, please drop a comment. Here is Noor’s email: Hi, my name is Noor. I’m … Read more Looking for a mountain guide name Billy Sapinggi
I am climbing Kinabalu again on 18-19 April. It is not going to be a leisure climbing this time, as I am standing by Special Olympic team, as a medical doctor. This is my second stand-by duty for Special Olympic. The first was in 2002, in which I had to sleep in Layang-Layang hut for … Read more I am climbing Kinabalu – again…
While I was away during our 12th Malaysian General Election (I was away for 2 weeks, back in Muar where I voted), Mr. Bruce James, father of the late Ellie James, emailed me. Here is the email: I was, of course, interested to see your tribute to my daughter Ellie. I notice that all the … Read more A letter from Mr. Bruce James
Apparently Sutera have edited and upgraded their website. Gone are the basic information about the different types of huts that are available at Laban Rata. For seasoned climbers, they will know that there are 4 accommodations/huts in Laban Rata; Laban Rata Resthouse itself, which the only accommodation at Laban Rata which has heated room. Gunting … Read more Where are other accommodation at Laban Rata?
Dorene commented on one of my previous blog post about MAS Golden Holidays. It makes me curious to know more about it and how does it fares to both Malaysians and international travellers. Let’s take a look at the first page of the promotion. The package was labelled as “Santai” package, and you could see … Read more Mount Kinabalu package in MAS Golden Holidays?
I received an email from Desmond Kong, a good friend of mine who is an avid mountain climber. He was really frustrated with Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. He also forwarded a chat transcript with his friend regarding the issue… (Apology for the grammatical errors. I “cut & paste” the email to preserve the originality.) Hi Ruhaizad … Read more An email from Desmond Kong…
Rants and raves about the height of Kinabalu were audible last year, 2007. I knew that Mount Kinabalu is not the highest mountain in South East Asia, but I did not know that Mount Kinabalu was ranked 5th on the highest point in SEA. Dan Low is the person who was responsible for the information … Read more Mount Kinabalu is NOT the highest mountain in South East Asia
While poking through the net, surfing around technorati, I found a very interesting blog post by kenjj about the newest adventure on Mount Kinabalu – via ferrata. So, what is via ferrata? A via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”. Plural vie ferrate. In German, klettersteig) is a mountain route which is equipped with fixed cables, … Read more World’s highest “via ferrata” now on Mount Kinabalu!
I heard rumours about new rules and regulations by Sabah Park Authorities for climbers of Mount Kinabalu. Starting from 1st January 2008, all climbers who decided to climb Mount Kinabalu MUST apply for the CLIMBING PERMIT first, before proceeding to book accommodation from Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. Not like the existing booking system, whereby you must … Read more New 2008 rule for climbers of Kinabalu