You are about to start this magnificent journey to climb Mount Kinabalu in Sabah. You’re raring to go and experience the exciting Mount Kinabalu climb. Before you start your Mount Kinabalu climb, there are several important tips that you should remember in order to make your journey to Mount Kinabalu a real success.
Do you know what is the first thing that you should do? The first thing you should do is to mentally and physically prepare your body for the Mount Kinabalu climb. Climbing Mount Kinabalu will challenge these two aspects of your body. Willpower is just as important as physical fitness when it comes to conquering Mount Kinabalu. You should practise by doing hill climbs to familiarise yourself with the strenuous journey you will undertake to Mount Kinabalu. The hill climbing exercise will also increase your physical fitness. You can also ask other climbers who have scaled the heights of Mount Kinabalu to share their experiences so that you can mentally prepare yourself to face the challenges that you will encounter there.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it is true especially when you are about to climb Mount Kinabalu. You should have a light but protein rich breakfast. This means having fruits or nuts. I’m sorry to say laksa or nasi lemak is out of the menu on the day of your Mount Kinabalu climb. These carbohydrates rich breakfast will make you feel bloated and lethargic. We wouldn’t want that, would we? Please remember not to miss your other important meals when you are in the middle of your journey to Mount Kinabalu to avoid the effects of the high-altitude terrain.
It is important for you to wear the right footwear when climbing Mount Kinabalu. It is blindingly obvious that wearing slippers, sandals or working shoes is definitely out of the question! It is recommended that you chose sturdy, warm and insulated shoes that has good non-slip soles that will serve you well when you navigate the rocky and uneven path when climbing Mount Kinabalu. A good pair of shoes will also protect your feet from the sub-alpine climate of Mount Kinabalu.
You should consider bringing only the necessary essentials with you when climbing Mount Kinabalu. Every weight that you carry counts as the heavy baggage will put a strain on your shoulders. You should let the porters to carry your bags if you know that you have weak knees. Carrying too much items will tire you out. You could reach the point of exhaustion halfway towards your journey to Mount Kinabalu. It would be a shame having to turn back when you have reached this far on your way to the summit of Mount Kinabalu!
You must always remember to constantly replenish the water in your body when climbing Mount Kinabalu. Thankfully you won’t have to lug so many bottles full of water during your Mount Kinabalu trip. There are water tanks at each of the shelters on the path towards Laban Rata. You can refill your water supply at each of these shelters on the Mount Kinabalu trail. Do remember to bring along some water treatment tablets to purify these untreated water unless you want to get a stomach ache!
If you follow these tips, you can be sure that you will succeed in conquering Mount Kinabalu. Always remember, being well-prepared is half of the battle won in your exciting quest towards the summit of Mount Kinabalu.