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Ascent of Kinabalu on 2014-01-10

Climber: Seán Caulfield

Others in Party:Oscar
Lloyd
Date:Friday, January 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Kinabalu
    Location:Malaysia
    Elevation:13435 ft / 4094 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is an expensive hike - we did it in one day, but still had to pay for TWO (completely useless) guides between the three of us. Supposedly there are only 4 one-day permits issued each day, but there were 8 one-day hikers the day we did it - 5/8 made it to the top.

Got to the park early the day before, arranged our permits, paid the fees, slept in a cheap hostel a few hundred metres outside the park entrance. Organised transport to the trailhead for the next morning.

There was no-one to open the gate at 7am & no sign of our guides. Eventually at about 7:30am someone came to open the gate, & told us our guides would catch up. It's a bit much charging us for guides, setting deadlines for our climb that if we don't meet we have to turn back, & then not being on time to start our hike...

A couple of guides caught up with us after about a kilometre or so & read us the rules, we lost one of them before Laban Rata & never saw him again, while the other guide gave up about 500m before the summit. What a waste of money.

Anyway, the hike up was very steep, with lots & lots of steps. I arrived at the summit before midday, when there was still a spectacular view. It was warm enough at the top that I didn't need to wear a jacket, but it rained on the way down - which is very hard on the knees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7313 ft / 2229 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Guide
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7313 ft / 2229 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Trail from Timpohon Gate
    Start Trailhead:Timpohon Gate  6122 ft / 1865 m
    Time:4 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Trail to Timpohon Gate
    Time:3 Hours 



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