Last edited by Stuffed; 10th November 2009 at 02:22 PM.
Went Mt K in June, made a following observations:
1) Batteries tends to die out fast on the summit push due to low temperature. Have a couple of spares in order not to miss the summit shots.
2) Preferably a monopod rather then a tripod to minimise weight. In the event TS is bringing a tripod, dont bother to bring it up to the summit. Its too crowded up there with climbers to even properly set it up.
3) Bring ample water up the summit. The cold and wind makes you lose water faster then you feel it. Don't skim on them to compensate for the weight of your equipments. A pleasant and safe climb is more important then taking good photos.
4) Sign up for the "walk the torque" package if they are offering it. Provide some exotic spots for interesting shots.
5) The rain up there can be sudden and extremely heavy. Make sure water proofing is done well.
6) Enjoy and trip and not be too overwhelm in protecting your equipment. A few scratches and knocks might be imminent but if you want pristine equipements then better leave them at home
See earlier replies. It's mentioned in those posts.
hey guys, do check out this Kinabalu blog for some tips.
I find the "wearing sandals during descend" particularly useful.
The info is current. The link for booking the lodge is in one of the post I wrote. Anyway here it is again:
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges
They are the one to contact for booking accommodation for DYI trips. Yes you can still DIY, but now you'll need to book the package instead of individual rooms (I've just verified this at Sutera Sanctuary's website). The package includes transport, meals and accommodation. Do note that it is always very pack at Laban Rata & you'll need to book very early before the actual trip date. For packages from local (Sabah) operators, just see the ads below.
Please read the entire thread. It was already mentioned in post 2 & 14.
To those planning to go, there are many videos on Youtube to help you visualise. Here is an example:
and part 2:
and as usual the Japanese produce some of the best. Here are some stunning pictures of the journey. Enjoy and for those you have been there, some good memories.
Last edited by Daoyin; 25th November 2009 at 03:11 PM.
book my trip for this coming may!
Jetstar got promotion now. My air tix to KK cost $101 (minus $12 if pay via 7-11, post office). Mt Kinabalu package with Sutera Sanctuary Lodges direct (their email, firstname.lastname@example.org) cost me RM 834.50 (2D1N).
Itinerary as below:
Day 1 (24/5/10)
~ 1 way transfer from Kinabalu Park to Mesilau (Anytime before 6pm)
~ Over night at Mesilau Nature resorts (Bishop’s head resthouse)
~ Dinner at Mesilau
Day 2 (25/5/10)
~ Breakfast at Mesilau
~ Packed Lunch from Mesilau (Carry along to Laban Rata )
~ Over night at Laban Rata (Laban Rata Resthouse)
~ Dinner at Laban Rata
Day 3 (26/5/10)
~ Early supper@2am at Laban Rata (Before Summit)
~ Breakfast at Laban Rata (After Summit)
~ 1 way transfer from Timpohon gate to Kinabalu Park
~ Lunch at Kinabalu Park (After climbing)
by the way i am reaching 1 day earlier for my trip (cos that the available flight for jetstar for that period).
any recommendation for place to stay near Kinabalu Park?
Basically i reach KK on 23rd afternoon, going back on 27th afternoon.
My climb will be on 24-26th. So i need accomodation for 23rd night and 26th night.
My plan is to stay somewhere nearer to Kinabalu Park for 23rd. Then probably stay in KK on 26th before coming back on 27th.
I suggest you stay in KK instead of near Kinabalu Park. There is nothing to do after dark there.
gd time to travel in June? may think of climbing it
went up the summit with a P&S camera about 3 years back.
if i had a dslr back then i would have brought it up. if you start the summit climb at around 3am you should be able to catch sunrise at the summit. can capture nice shots from there.
oh and one thing to note. bring enough spare batteries. when i reached the summit it was -2 degrees C. battery died v quickly.