Sunday, May 4, 2008

The bite of the climbing bug

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 and bagging King George, King Edward, , and Mesilau Peaks, respectively.

I was updating my Kinabalu trip planner when another ‘twist’ on the climb appeared on my search engine - the Via Ferrata on Mount Kinabalu. This twist was not offered in 2005 then; it was formally offered to public December of 2007 only. As opposed to the Bowen’s Route, where climbers can only climb lesser peaks by this route, the Via Ferrata offers climbers a different route on the way down from Low’s Peak (the highest pinnacle) towards Laban Rata. I have inquired with the outfitter with regards to their package of climbing Low’s Peak and descending by way of the via ferrata, or what they call The Low’s Peak Circuit.

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