We are now on the final countdown to Kinabalu, we fly to Borneo on Friday. Hopefully all we have to do is pack our bags and get to the airport. Of course anything can happen and that’s what makes this all an adventure, I have just been contacted by Datuk Lee, (The Mountain Goat) read old post, sounds like he has injured his leg playing badminton and is now unsure if he can make it, we will keep you posted and wish him a speedy recovery. However on the positive and good news side we have had some more brilliant donations for Borneo Child Aid; many thanks to OmniBus Systems for a brilliant company donation, also many thanks for the support of our colleagues in OmniBus for their kind donations, also many thanks to Raymond Mo from MediaTech the OmniBus reseller in Hong Kong and thanks to Mandy Johnson and her husband is Perry Johnson for their kind donation also thanks to Cindy Childress and Jack Charles for their donation. Another big thanks to Courtney and JJ Barton for their donation. All these donations ant the total are listed on the sponsor us tab of our website.
Only a week to go, time to start packing as we prepare to fly this coming Friday. Last bit of work to do on our fitness levels and I guess everybody has been doing a bit of hiking over the weekend. Although everybody wants to pack as little as possible to carry up the mountain, I was taken by a beautiful Chinese kite in Singapore and bought it and am bringing it up with me to fly it off the top of Mt. Kinabalu. Another plan we have for Mt. Kinabalu is to film our climb in 3D, but having tried a number of 3D camera suppliers we don’t seem to be able to get a camera, so it looks like you will have to do with plain old 2D footage of our climb.
Many thanks to Iain Wood, Linda Taylor and Ed Calverley from OmniBus in the UK for their very kind donations. The stateless children of Borneo will be most appreciative.
Saturday saw a few of us head to Bukit Broga for some more pre Kinabalu training, but by the time we got to the first peak of the three, the dark rain clouds were already gathering, so we decided to make a hasty retreat before the steep trail became a muddy slip way.
As we only have a few weeks to go, we returned to Bukit Broga again on Sunday morning in time for Sunrise and had a lovely hike in the cooler morning air. As we ascended out of the mists just before sunrise, it was much clearer than previous visits, I presume an effect of the previous day’s rain. From the top we could even see the Petronas towers and KL Tower in down town Kuala Lumpur some thirty odd kilometers away.
As with every time we hike up Bukit Broga we met a selection of really friendly Malaysian people and had lots of chats with lots of happy people. So we have now renamed Bukit Broga, “Bukit Happy” or Happy Hill as pretty much everybody we meet up there is happy apart from a small selection of wacky people. This week’s Happy Hill Wacky award goes to a group of teenagers who had hauled an ironing Board, an Iron and a School Shirt up to the top of Broga to take a photo of “extreme ironing” they let Emma and Jen help out too, see photo. Then they were off to hike up some other hill for some more extreme ironing!! Crazy Crackers, but really friendly and good fun too.
I'm jealous of those who live in Malaysia. I will have to practice on Singapore's highest summit, Bukit Timah, a whopping 167m. I'll send you a pic from the top for the website.
More last minute changes, having whittled our number down to sixteen, we have a last surge from our friends at DigiStar, welcome please to the Climb4Charity expedition group Datuk Ab. Wahab Ab. Latip and Puan Naziah Ramli. Many thanks for joining us and the best of luck.
Thanks also to Amy’s friend, Anita Mammen, who, even though not climbing, donated 300 MYR for the Borneo Child Aid Society. Good job and well done and thanks from all of us. This is what it’s really all about.