Many have asked. To which i simply reply, because it's there!
So off i went a couple of weeks ago, trudging up the slopes of Mount Kinabalu. Being my 3rd time going up, the trek up seemed a little familiar. But one memory which kept on returning to me was during my 2nd trek up when i asked meself many times along the way why was i doing it again???
I have to admit that the 3rd time was still hard - despite me being fitter than i was was during the 2nd trek. The walk up to Laban Rata was extremely exhausting near to the end. The 3 am trek to the Summit was simply too cold - the winds were crazy. Many a times, i would lie in a fetal position on the bare steep slope, wishing there was a switch that i could reach out to and stop the winds!!!
The trek down was excrutiatingly painful. Me knees were hurting like crazy - so with every step brought a sharp pain. At times, me knees felt like it was going to give way!!!
I still have this text message stored up in the draft folder of me phone - a message which i tried to send from the peak:-
Good morning. I'm at the peak of the mountain. Please remind me NEVER to do this again.
But it wasn't all horrible. The best part was walking down from the peak to Sayat-Sayat check-point. It was downhill and altho very steep, me addidas kampung ensured i never slipped at all. The sun was up and it warmed me. The view was simply wonderful and the guide suddenly became rather chatty!!! I din mind. I learned a lot of new things from her. She'd point out the peaks, the vegetation, the towns in the valley below etc.
I told meself NEVER to do it again. I told me mates to make sure i'll never do it again too.
Here's the truth - the real reason for me wanting to do it again and again was because i never made it to the peak before sunrise before. And at the peak, i did not look over and stare down Low's Gully!!! And it wasn't an enjoyable experience.
So i wanted to go again, to make it to the peak and see the sunrise, to peer down the scary drop of Low's Gully and to have fun doing it.
I failed again this 3rd time round. Reached the peak long after the sunrise. By then it was too misty up there - and as i crawled to look down Low's Gully, i see nothing but thick fog.
Further, there is the new trail where one can go on a more scenic trek up albeit longer. I wanted to do that this time but couldn't find anyone to share a guide with to do so.
So yes, even on the day after i reached down, i oredi started toying with the idea of going up again!!! I listened with envy as Ru and her mates talk about going up in October this year.
SOMEBODY PLEASE STOP ME!!!!!!
Or go with me again! ;-)
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