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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Adventure Unexpected – Am I Really Tough Enough?

I drooled the very first time I saw pictures of Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo.
I must admit it was erased from my must see places for 2009 because of two things :



1. Too many people go there.
2. It’s a bit costly to be able to climb this mountain which is higher than Mt. Apo. You’d have to pay for park entrances, guides, climbing permits, insurances, etc.. That's on top of your round trip air fare to Kota Kinabalu.

See Itinerary and Expense Details Here:

http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2008/09/mt-kinabalu-4095.html


These setbacks however does not skew the fact that Mt. Kinabalu is a beautiful mountain. My heart still skips a beat every time I see pictures of it.



Last Friday, I ran into the Calendar of Events in Kota Kinabalu.


Incidentally, the toughest mountain race in the world is occurring October 24-25, 2009 – same dates I would be there.


My heart pounded. This could not just be a coincidence.


This morning, after talking to my good old reliable sexy trusted friend of 11 years who will be joining me and other friends in Kota Kinabalu next week, we decided to register ourselves for the 23rd Climbathon in Kota Kinabalu. I told her, this is the cheapest way we can climb mt. Kinabalu as we only have to pay 35 US Dollars each and that includes entrances to the park - which you normally pay 15MYR if you are non-Malaysian.


We registered online and after a few minutes...tadaa!





An excerpt from the Climbathon website:
“Deemed as “the World’s Toughest Mountain Race”, the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is the ultimate challenge to take for those game enough to test their endurance by running up and down Mount Kinabalu for a total distance of 21 kilometers.”


For more details, please visit this page :
http://climbathon.sabahtourism.com/2009/main.php?page=2


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