Mt Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah is not only the highest mountain in Malaysia and on the island of Borneo, it is south-east Asia’s highest peak. Usually it is shrouded in cloud and many visitors to the ‘land beneath the wind’ never see its jagged peaks which reach up to about 4,095 metres (13,435 ft), but I was lucky last weekend when I visited ‘the mountain’ (as the locals call it) because the cloud didn’t come in until about noon. Borneo is known as the ‘land beneath the wind’ because it sits between the trade wind belts and therefore is not subject to typhoons (north of the equator) or cyclones (south of the equator). Mt Kinabalu is an unusual shape rising out of thick rainforest, but can be climbed without any special equipment on a two day trek. However, you need to be quite fit to do the climb as it takes up to eight hours to reach the hut at around 3,000 metres where people stay the night before beginning the final ascent at 3 am next morning to reach the peak at dawn (really fit people can make it to the base hut in three hours). I haven’t yet done the climb myself, but many who have tell me the descent is worse than the climb because you use muscles that you never knew you had, and some have reported that they couldn’t walk for three days after the trek!
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heartkins (0) 2005-08-07 1:29
Beautifully taken i like the way you have captured clouds.Lovely picture
Thanx for sharing
rabani (9645) 2005-08-28 20:28
You must have had taken this shot from the "bridge", just before the junction to Bundu Tuhan. The waterfall was previously called Cascade Waterfall but now Kadamaian.From this waterfall, the water cascades into Kadamaian River which cuts the Kiau Valley. Before 1924, early explorers took this way up the mountain. If you feel the need to get to know personally with all your muscles, tell me when ok.
gracious (20025) 2006-05-04 13:47
The clarity of the mountain is nicely taken especially the cloud makes it extra beautiful !
well done and thank you for sharing.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-31
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-02 11:48