Last February, I won the contest of Intrepid Adventure Lifestyle. The prize is an all expense paid trip to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia with Mt. Kinabalu Climb set on April 12-15, 2012. Woohoo! It was awarded to me a week after it was announced. From then on, I started to research about the complexity of the climb to prepare for it.
First things that I prepared were the gears. I already have the trekking shoes courtesy of my friend, Ayie. I just added some more gears like a thermal jacket since I was told that the temperature in Mt. Kinabalu can drop to negative 6 degrees. Wahhhhh! That's kinda cold huh! I also invested on a new pair of trekking pants, gloves and bonnet.
Gears, all set! I'm prepared for this.
Then I prepared myself for the climb. Mt. Kinabalu's summit is at 13,435 ft, it is higher than Mt. Apo. Climbing it is no joke, you really have to be physically and mentally prepared for it.
From the moment I learned that I won, I started to train.
Mt. Cabuyao, Benguet | March 17, 2012
Mt. Timbac, Benguet | March 18, 2012
Mt. Ampacao, Mt. Province | April 6, 2012
Unfortunately, 2 days before the scheduled flight to Kota Kinabalu (April 10, 2012), I got sick. I have fever since I got back from my trip to the Cordilleras last holy week. I thought I am just tired and need ample rest, so I took paracetamol to cure my fever and rested.
A day before the trip (April 11, 2012), I informed Intrepid Adventure Lifestyle about my health condition. I told them that if I get better before the flight I will push thru with the trip but will not climb anymore. Thanks to them because they graciously agreed and told me that they will just arrange a tour for me around Kota Kinabalu. Salamat po!
The day of the flight came, April 12, 2012 and I am still sick. I informed them again that I still have fever and will not be able to join them. And they understand that my health and safety is far more important than anything else.
Maybe it's not yet the right time for me to reach the roof of southeast asia. It was hard for me accepting that I missed this once in a lifetime opportunity to climb Mt. Kinabalu for FREE. But later on I realized, that it's better not to risk my health. Hopefully soon, I would be able to climb Mt. Kinabalu. I know, there will be a next time. ^_^
Still, thank you Intrepid Adventure Lifestyle for choosing me to experience this exciting adventure in Mt. Kinabalu!
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