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KevintheclimberClassic hike   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2011

Kevintheclimber

Very different from the rest of South east Asia. Be sure to dress warm on the summit though. I nearly froze
Posted Dec 28, 2013 12:23 am

ajberryStandard Route  Sucess!

ajberry

A while back. Went to the top twice on the same trip, once in the rain and mist of the afternoon and then pre-dawn from the cabin.
Posted Nov 10, 2013 8:49 am

reggiejoshuaStandard Route  Sucess!

reggiejoshua

A nice and moderate climb considering it's height,spend only around 20 minutes in the overcrowded summtt cause of the extremely cold temperature.
Posted Feb 17, 2013 2:56 am

sunshineAbsolutely loved it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2007
I just barely got a permit while I was in Borneo. Absolutely loved the overnight stay in the hut, and the overall hike. Highly recommended.
Posted Jan 1, 2013 8:59 pm

JuannemanBorneo express  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2006

Juanneman

Nice trek through the jungle into the mountains.
change of scenery is spectacular.
Posted Jun 5, 2012 4:02 pm

utahjimkcloud deck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2010

utahjimk

did the standard hike - a wonderful experience! Interesting life to see and spectacular views. Even the rats hanging around Laban Rata were cool to see. Only disappointment was spending so little time on summit - as soon as the sun was starting to rise, my group started down.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 4:24 pm

FrostvinStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2009

Frostvin

Some nice views and sunset from the hut, but a very wet hike up to the top, rain was poring down, the park rangers closed the route, needed to sign a disclaimer before leaving for summit. The rain cleared as we reached the top that was all empty, and in the end a great trek. Booked the hut a few moths in advance from home.
Posted Aug 14, 2011 7:23 am

conflaxStunning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2007
Wow. Loved every minute of this two day climb, but it was nearly ALL STEPS! Sunrise above the clouds was unforgettable. Granite rockface steep with the rope for guidance, but a fun experience
Posted May 3, 2011 6:19 pm

OutdoorpartnerBeautiful view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2010

Outdoorpartner

Saw the stars as we climbed; reached the summit at 0530 to watch the brilliant sunrise. The trail is much more difficult than it need be. Someone needs to teach the Malaysians about switchbacks.
Posted Nov 7, 2010 11:18 pm

gert1994 - Normal route   Sucess!

gert

Had a nice trip through Sabah and Kinabalu was one of the highlights
Posted Aug 21, 2010 4:21 pm

atavistVisitor Center - Summit - Mesilau Nature Reserve  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2009

atavist

Kinabalu is definitely a beautiful mountain with huge potential for technical route development. Unfortunately it is regulated quite strictly and expensive. On my summit day, we had clear skies and a great sunrise. The previous day was cloudy and we never got a view of the peaks and spires until they were lit by the full moon around 4am when we made preparations to make the final 3km trek to Lowe's Peak. I descended via the Mesilau Trail and found the terrain to be much more beautiful. There's a few bridges including a double-span suspension bridge which crosses a fast-moving river. There's also a few lookout spots showing off the steep jungle walls and many waterfalls. This alternate route however is about 2km longer and felt much steeper than the main route. Plus, the transportation is an issue since the MNR gets little traffic and you are far from the main road. You will probably have to call a taxi once you reach the office.
Posted Oct 4, 2009 10:05 pm

Thomas Gurvieznormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2009

Thomas Gurviez

Nice weather up to 8 AM, mild event at the summit
Posted Sep 24, 2009 10:44 am

hyperbolictansRoute: Mersilau Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2009

hyperbolictans

Mersilau trail: 0820-1510hrs, including lunch stop
Stayed at Pendant Hut. Set off at 0220hrs for summit. Reached summit at 0450hrs, in bitter wind chill but fine weather. First group on the summit for the day. Descended via the Via Ferrata to Laban Rata.
Descended from L.R. 1335hrs, reached Timponon gate ~1710hrs.
Posted Jun 22, 2009 4:06 am

LSNo view
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2008

LS

A beautiful hike, but we were unlucky with the dense clouds on the summit (no rain however). See my trip report here: http://distantpeak.com/cms/story/211/mount-kinabalu
Posted Mar 12, 2009 7:46 am

TrevorMarrsGot the bug  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2008

TrevorMarrs

Bit of a ´Lets try it´ while travelling in asia nearly froze to death at the top as I climbed in shorts and tracksuit top but it really gave me the climbing bug!!
Posted Nov 3, 2008 5:03 pm

radsonStandard climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2003

radson

A nice trek.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 5:25 am

derekp62Timpohon to Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008

derekp62

On a lay over between a week in Kualu Lumpur and Tokyo, I decided to try and climb Mt. Kinabalu. It's not the biggest by a long shot, but it's probably the hardest climb I've done in year. 7893 ft. in 3.72 miles was just plain nuts!
Posted Apr 28, 2008 2:31 am

milan1970Standard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2007

milan1970

Together with my girlfriend, we climbed Kinabalu in a day. As we went up from HQ (1800meters) a lot of climbers were coming down and had lots of rain that night with no views during their summit. Our guide decided that we climbed fast enough to make it in a day and the weather was stable. So with two other climbers in our team we were the only four on the mountain that period and it was superb. We had a beautiful sunset when we summited and could see spectacular views over Borneo with little islands in the ocean. Descend back to the Laban Rata hut was also superb as all the surrounding rocks turned into gold with the sun lighting them up.
A nice and easy mountain to climb with only at the beginning a little steep part for those who never climbed before.
Posted Jan 10, 2008 2:52 am

NewDayRisingStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2006

NewDayRising

Tried to meet a girl from Hong Kong, but went solo. Beautiful views from the top with clouds dancing around spires. I was surprised to see a lush overgrown jungle on the opposite side of the granite summit. I hiked the peak in a day (12hrs with some running on the descent to catch my taxi waiting at HQ), due to the advanced 6 month reservation required to book a hut midway up the peak. My guide was worthless and not needed. I wish I knew about the the waiver mentioned by juho. Early May is the best time to go (communicated to me by a Malaysian guy on his 3rd attempt), without being turned back by fog or rain, often the reason why many do not summit. I was in the worst shape of my life on this hike, nursing a cold, chain smoking (which i dont normally do), 40lbs overweight from inactivity.
Posted Nov 21, 2006 10:24 am

JuhoRoute Climbed: Standard route Date Climbed: February 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2006

Juho

Good place to try out high altitude hiking, otherwise way too crowded and easy. Just a two-day walk up and down. Great views on good weather! Experienced hikers can sign a waiver at park offices and hike the well marked route up to the summit without any guide.
Posted May 13, 2006 12:03 am

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