Mount Kinabalu Day 2 (To the summit we go!) All smiles now, all tears later. This sentence so true. Decked out in trusty tights/shorts/singlet/Jacket/bucket hat, thinking that I’m fairly well prepped, until I bumped into fellow trekkers who were in winter-like jackets/beanies/gloves/scarves and apply lip balm all. And I said to myself “I’m so so screwed”
Nonetheless, we set off at 2:30am along with the rest. Assembled orderly in line, looked up and our head torches made all of us looked like fireflies. Usual hearty chitchats with Sylvester and fellow Singaporeans made it all less tiring as we rope climb our way up. Commenting that it would be a bonus to get to the peak by sunrise given our walking pace.
We hit 7km/8.5km at 7:45am, the air supply thinned and our heads started playing mind games - give up YAY/NAY shit. Questioning ourselves why the hell are we doing this. As hues of orange and purple took over the skies, creating those amazing silhouettes, I sat down trying to ignore the symptoms of altitude sickness (nauseous/immense headaches), close to giving up. Then came a friendly tap from my guide on my shoulder followed by,”Come, we’ll get up there together.” I could only briefly recalled to be pulled along all the way up to the summit. Oh wow - we did it. (Like BLOODY FINALLY)
And all I could think of is to get photographed with the signage and get the hell out of here before I really 🤮 (Sorry friends, could not and did not enjoy the view from the peak and I cannot tell you if it’s worth it ) KK - you really got me good, physically and mentally. The aftermath of altitude sickness got me lying face flat during lunch after descend. All I want was hot shower, hot milo and curl in bed and cringe in pain. Such climb get your brains working all sorts of funny and crazy thoughts.
All I can say is that I’m thankful, heart full of gratitude for many people, many incidents that pushed me for growth and learning.
Now - let me recollect my jelly legs and back to the grind with the girls. What a way to end the purple week. Bucketlist - Highest in SEA.
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