MOUNT KINABALU, SABAH MALAYSIA
Mountain paths and staircases are the least of your worries during a summit hike. Having to overcome altitude sickness, ensuring your body gets used to the low temperatures, and grabbing on to ropes while ascending nearly vertical boulders and rocks are factors that will really hinder your progress. Despite it all, mountain climbing can be really rewarding, not just physically, but mentally. Here’s a shout out to my mountain guide, Cornelius, for accompanying me every step of the way from Panalaban Base Camps (3,319m) to the Low’s Peak Summit (4,095m). Here, we were just taking a break while enjoying the sunrise at St. John’s Peak (4,091m) after conquering the new Ranau Trail that was fixed up after the treacherous earthquake in 2015. You know what they say... Life’s a climb.