We managed to get some additional slots from mountain guide agent and our expedition has now been joined by Datuk Lee and his colleagues Lee Kok Choong, Rozilawati Bin Mustafa and Amanda Chong Mei Leng from DigiStar. This takes the total headcount of our expedition to 22. Good effort guys and thanks for joining us.
We have a new expedition member Mr. David Thomas but unfortunately Mohammad Haykal had to pull out to attend a family wedding in Istanbul. We will send you a photo from the Summit Haykal!!
OmniBus-Climb4Charity dates are now booked out, with the addition of one more to our group bringing the total to 19 climbers, another separate group has booked the remaining places for the weekend, so we are full!
Now all we have to do is get Mountain fit.
Last weekend a small group of us hit FRIM in KL again for a 6KM hike with a mid section steep incline and decline, which was pretty challenging.
The cool part was how we knew it was 6KM. This was achieved using a pretty cool appliance of science where Amy had a transponder slipped into her shoe which sends signals to her iPod which gives her stats on the hike! Wow cool stuff, there is even more that can be done by synching it to iTunes or iFit or something, I was lost at that point, but it was pretty fascinating technology. All the same though I’d prefer the helium weather balloons tied to my shorts as a better solution on how to get up the mountain.
Today we confirmed 18 Intrepid Mountaineers for the climb, with a few more on the fence.
From Malaysia, Singapore, UK, USA and Ireland, it’s certainly a diverse group of non climbers who are facing up to this challenge of fitness, endurance and determination.
All of us over the coming weeks and months will be wondering if we are fit enough or will we be beaten by the big mountain, but fears of failure or heights for that matter will not deter our resolute drive to summit Mt. Kinabalu.
The Agenda: So if all goes to plan our agenda will look a lot like this
Friday June 28th- Depart Kuala Lumpur early (KL), arrive Kota Kinabalu before noon(KK)then transfer to Kundasang
Saturday June 29th – Climb to base camp, with lots of sweat and some tears!
Sunday June 30th– 2am start for a picturesque dawn summit, much jubilation followed by descent on the amazing Via Feretta (Iron Way) or descend the way we came up, then transfer to Kundasang
Monday July 1st- Poring Hot Spring, R&R with much storytelling and photo exchanging at Kota Kinabalu. (Return to KL or Stay to visit Borneo Child Aid)
Tuesday July 2nd - Visit Borneo Child Aid, Morning, KK- Lahad Datu - KK, transfer KL