Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wait! I remembered setting-up my old flat handlebar as a pull-up bar two Sundays ago and initiated an impromptu pull-up session… I didn’t get past 5 pulls. Hehehehe… So, today I’ll try my luck again with the pull-up session. Hoping I get past 6 pulls. Bwahehehe!!!!
Ah, thank God! My wife’s cousin has a set of free-weights that I can use for upper body training. Now, I need to recall those repetitive moves I have sunk myself in circa 2000 to 2003. Upper body training will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I went straight to BPI (thanks Dada & Mench!) in Marikina City to process the payment via wire.
I then called up Nurul at Kinabalu Travel for confirmation of my payment. I also e-mailed her the payment slip.
Then processed my airline travel and lodging on-line.
Well... I think I'm all set!
I just need to prepare my pack and off I go on June 17!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
A reply from Mountain Torq! hehehe... the truth is, their reply went to my spam folder... damn Yahoo! mail!
Sorry for the delay.
Please let me know your actual date?
I we have the availability then we can process you booking. Please see the attached itineraries again.
Sorry for the delay and thank you so much for your enquiry.
Here are our prices for each package.
2D1N Walk the Torq: USD320 per Person
2D1N the Preamble: USD365 per Person (No Summit )
2D1N Low’s Peak Circuit: USD365 per Person
3D2N Walk the Torq + Abselling: USD480 per Person
3D2N Low’s Peak Circuit + Abselling: USD565 per Person
4D3N Mt Torq Experience:USD740 per Person
*See the attached itineraries for your references.
Via Ferrata is easier than a rock climbing and yes you can bring your own PPE.
May I know your actual date? I will check reserve a slot for you.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Duration : 2 Days 1 Night
Departure Time : 6.30 am
Minimum Person : 2 persons
Hike up to Low’s Peak (highest peak of Mt Kinabalu). On descent, take a via ferrata detour to see stunning views & explore places off the beaten track.
Grading : Fair route - suitable for beginner to intermediate climbers with above average fitness & no fear of heights (vertigo)
What is a Via Ferrata
A Via Ferrata is a mountain path consisting of a series of rungs & cables embracing the rock face, creating a protected pathway that everyone can walk on. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountain normally accessible only to rock climbers & mountaineers.
For more info about the activity, please visit http://www.mountaintorq.com/
For Mt Kinabalu Via Ferrata - Low’s Peak Circuit package enquiry, please email to http://www.kinabalutravel.com/index.php/contactform/
06.30 am : Depart from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park
08.30 am : Arrive at Kinabalu Park, meet your Mt Guide at Park HQ & start trek up Mt Kinabalu
02.00 pm : Arrive at Laban Rata & have a late lunch (own expense)
03.00 pm : Check into Pendant Hut & meet your Mt Torq trainer
03.30 pm : Via Ferrata Familiarization
05.00 pm : Dinner at Laban Rata (buffet style)
02.00 am : Wake up for early breakfast and prepare for climb
03.00 am : Hike up to Low’s Peak
05.30 am : Summit Low’s Peak & catch the beautiful sunrise
05.45 am : Decent Low’s Peak to Sayat - Sayat slab
06.30 am : Meet Mt Torq trainer at Sayat - Sayat slab for Low’s Peak Circuit Via Ferrata
09.00 am : Arrive & check out of Pendant Hut; have a late breakfast at Laban Rata (own expenses)
10.00 am : Descent to Kinabalu Park HQ for transport pick up
03.00 am : Transport pick up to Kota Kinabalu
1 night accommodation at Pendant Hut, meals (simple breakfast & buffet dinner), climbing permits & insurance, Sabah Park entrance fee, certificate, Mt guide & return transportation
1 night stay at Kinabalu Park hostel a day before climbing
1 night stay at Kinabalu Daya / Radius International Hotel a day before climbing
2 days 1 night ‘walk the torq’ package
2 days 1 night ‘preamble’ package
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
In 2005, rather than climbing Kinabalu by way of the ‘tourists trail’ only, I was suggesting to Boying to climb the mountain with-a-twist. Apart from the usual regular route of climbing towards Low’s Peak, I was thinking also of climbing Kinabalu by its Bowen’s Route
I was updating my Kinabalu trip planner when another ‘twist’ on the climb appeared on my search engine - the Via Ferrata on
On 24th of April 2008, my boss offered me to go on a vacation. Not just any vacation, but a climb to Southeast Asia’s former highest mountain (before
What I need now is a good schedule provided by an outfitter. But I cannot schedule it on the month of May (my boss will be out of the country for 1-month); I cannot go on the first week of June (it’s my father’s birthday); neither on the last week of June and the first week of July (birthdays of Konig & Aimee, respectively).
Monsoon months… I now am publicly-stating that I hate rain!