霞女之旅

Xia's Journey

Mount Kinabalu Sunrise, Here I Come !

on August 16, 2013

HSH_9168For the past two years, I did my birthdays shooting sunrises.

In 2011, I took a cab at 6am to Changi beach and shot a sunrise on my birthday.

In 2012, I upped the ante by flying to Bangkok and did a sunrise on a sunflower field.

This year, I contemplated on a few options on where to do my sunrise birthday shoot. One of my friends suggested Kota Kinabalu. I paused…

Kota Kinabalu also commonly known as Mount Kinabalu or Gunang Kinabalu is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the East Malaysia state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage site. Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo’s Crocker range and also the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago, standing at 4,095m / 13,435 ft above sea level.

I have heard lots about it and I have many friends who had done it. I asked around a couple of good friends if they would like to join me in my sunrise quest, but none were keen. It was not going to be easy, but I decided to proceed on my own anyways since it’ll be quite a memorable gift for my Birthday and as we never know what will happen to us tomorrow, I had better not procrastinate and do it as soon as I can. I got round to doing my research, booked my air tickets, booked a Mount Kinabalu guide, got a pair of trekking shoes and started planning my training schedule.

20130803_092531The Shoes

Some of the sites that I visited recommended good trekking shoes, some swore by Kampung Adidas, others believed in the walking techniques. I didn’t know which to follow. So, being a typical kiasu Singaporean, I decided to play it safe and get a pair of good trekking shoes.

After some research and price comparisions, I settled for a pair of Merrell costing S$165 (after some bargaining from S$179). It was reputed to be waterproof as Mount Kinabalu is quite susceptible to rains. It was supposingly non-slip as well. The retail attendant also recommended a pair of high-cut so as to avoid having ankle sprains during the downslopes.

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20kg backpack + Merrell trekking shoes = Up and Down 16 Storeys x 200 times

Most sites and even the retail attendant recommended that I embark on some training prior to the climb. I am but four months away from the climb. I hope its not too late, but I guess its always better late than never.

One of the blog sites proposed climbing a 30 storey building x 100 times. My flat stands at only 16 storeys, which also meant that I needed to cover 16 storeys x 200 times. With only four months to go, I needed to clock 50 times each month. (1 time = 1 time up 16 storeys + 1 time down 16 storeys).

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The Grueling

I started grueling myself on the 4 August 2013, Sunday. I covered 6 times (up and down), utilizing 5 minutes up 16 storeys and 5 minutes down 16 storeys. One set of up and down took me 10 minutes. I did 6. That costs me 60 minutes = 1 hour.

Up 16 Storeys = 5 minutes

Down 16 Storeys = 5 minutes

One set of up and down = 10 minutes

2013-08-04-13-00-56_decoDuring my second training on 12 August 2013, Monday, I increased it to 8 times. However, this time round, I covered 4 sets of up and down (40 minutes) + a 10 minutes rest + another 4 sets of up and downs (40 minutes).

I am still far off from my current target. I would need much more trainings of such to increase my stamina and endurance to prepare for the climb up Mount Kinabalu. I hope I can keep to my training regime!

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I hope I can be like this plant ~ Alone, but strong and sturdy casting beautiful shadows in my journey.

Having scoured through tons of blogs and websites, I am but envy seeing groups of friends, families and couples having each other for company up Mount Kinabalu. It is a shame that I do not have anyone to share in my training nor to experience the joy of the climb. Despite that it is going to be a long and lonely journey up, I am still full of anticipation and anxiety 🙂

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