27.04.2006 - 27.04.2006 20 °C
Finally made it to Laban Rata resthouse at 2.45 this afternoon. Got up this morning at 6 as some malaysians were being really loud in the room! Spent a bit of time sorting my stuff out and then headed to park HQ for 7.30.
Had a bit of a wait for the guide but eventually got going around ten. There were only three in my group - Eva from Sweden who I met in the café last night, and Caroline from Kent.
After about half an hour on the summit trail, the guide pointed out a beautiful example of Nepenthes Tentaculata, one of the many species of pitcher plants that grow on Kinabalu. This was to be the first of many, and before too long we'd also seen N. Alata, N. Kinabaluensis, and some absolutely enormous N. Villosa traps.
The climb was an extreme one to say the least, and with my backpack on too I was really beginning to suffer after about 4km. The altitude was taking its toll too and so we slowed right down. We eventually made it to our resthouse, Laban Rata, at about 2.45. Not bad considering the bag I was carrying!
The rain on the way up was absolutely torrential - I got soaked through and through. And it went on and on and on - not stopping until we got to about 1km from the end. My camera unfortunately got completely soaked too - so that's drying out now and hopefully will hold out long enough to take some pictures tomorrow at the summit. Not counting any chickens tho... What a bummer!
Going to bed now as up at 2am for the summit expedition! I must be crazy... Well let's hope it stays dry.
Next update probably from the hot springs in Poring!