Summit of Mt Kinabalu
A spectacular two day climb took us from steamy jungle through montane forest, which could have been in New Zealand, and into alpine meadows. Finally, after a very welcome lie-down and some delicious noodles at the Laban Rata resthouse, we climbed up the bare granite slopes to the summit - a cool 4095m - in perfect time to watch the sunrise over Borneo. What a sight, seeing the immense shadow of the mountain stretching out over the early morning cloud layer below. From discarding clothes in the heat below, to piling layers on at the icy summit, the whole event is an exercise in contrast - the descent is fairly speedy, but followed by a few days of pain!