A Quick Guide To Climbing Mount Kinabalu

Written by e-borneo.com

The majestic and awe-inspiring Mount Kinabalu is one ofrepparttar premier destinations for thousands of visitors to Sabah, Malaysian Borneo each year. Kinabalu National Park, a designated World Heritage Site, boasts an estimated 4,500 species of plants which includes 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu, Nepenthes pitcher plants, andrepparttar 148062 Rafflesia,repparttar 148063 largest flower inrepparttar 148064 world. The Park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies.

Besides beingrepparttar 148065 highest peak in Borneo andrepparttar 148066 whole of South East Asia (between Irian Jaya andrepparttar 148067 Himalayas to be exact), andrepparttar 148068 youngest non-volcanic mountain inrepparttar 148069 world, Mount Kinabalu is extremely climber-friendly and compared to other much lower mountains aroundrepparttar 148070 world, Mount Kinabalu is an ideal first mountain for novice mountain trekkers to conquer.

The standard climb up Mount Kinabalu is viarepparttar 148071 Kinabalu Summit Trail at Kinabalu National Park (~1,560m above sea level). The first ascent is fromrepparttar 148072 starting point at Timpohon Gate, about 4km or 30 minutes drive fromrepparttar 148073 Kinabalu National Park Headquarter.

If you prefer to startrepparttar 148074 ascent on Day 1, it is advisable to arrive atrepparttar 148075 Park late morningrepparttar 148076 latest or else, depending onrepparttar 148077 weather,repparttar 148078 Park may not allow you to dorepparttar 148079 first ascent due to hazardous condition (i.e.,repparttar 148080 fog may be too thick by late evening causing visibility problems and/orrepparttar 148081 trail may be extremely slippery).

Most climbers prefer to stay overnight at Kinabalu National Park upon arrival to not only acclimatize torepparttar 148082 altitude but also to enjoyrepparttar 148083 magnificent flora and fauna atrepparttar 148084 Park beforerepparttar 148085 “assault” onrepparttar 148086 next day/morning.

The first ascent is from Timpohon Gate just afterrepparttar 148087 Power Station up torepparttar 148088 mid-summit Laban Rata Resthouse (or more popularly known asrepparttar 148089 11,000 ft or ~3,873m). You will first followrepparttar 148090 crest of a narrow ridge that dips down ontorepparttar 148091 main slopes of Mount Kinabalu itself. A little further on, you will reach a scenic waterfall known as Carson's Falls, named afterrepparttar 148092 first Warden ofrepparttar 148093 Park. Don't forget to take a sip and fill your water bottles withrepparttar 148094 fresh natural mountain water.

Conservatively, it should take a normal fit person an average 5-6 hours to reach Laban Rata. Participants atrepparttar 148095 annual Mount Kinabalu Climbathon competition went allrepparttar 148096 way up to 13,400ft (4092.5m above sea level) and back in 2 hours. But it is not really about how fast you can reachrepparttar 148097 top. It is aboutrepparttar 148098 experience of trekking pass different vegetation zones from Oak and Chestnut to mossy and eventually to alpine type of vegetations, and observingrepparttar 148099 rare and exotic flora and fauna onrepparttar 148100 way up.

Besidesrepparttar 148101 heated Laban Rata Resthouse,repparttar 148102 other option for climbers is to stay atrepparttar 148103 unheated mountain huts. There is actually another accommodation option atrepparttar 148104 so-called VIP Lodge, which is more expensive compared torepparttar 148105 others and also, more difficult to secure (i.e., only two such units available).

Bonuses of Taking a Charter Bus in Chicago, Illinois

Written by Ed Telmany

Hiring a charter bus in Chicago, Illinois, is a great idea because you will be saving yourselfrepparttar headache of driving in congested traffic, but you will also be doing your part of carpooling and reducing smog and other negative environmental effects of cars.

These two reasons alone are certainly worth taking a charter bus in Chicago, Illinois. Then you take a charter bus in Chicago, Illinois, forgetrepparttar 148031 drama of getting from place to place, dealing with traffic, road maps, car maintenance, filling up with gas, andrepparttar 148032 like.

All you are responsible for when you take a charter bus is yourself and your luggage. This is completely different than if you drive your own car where you are responsible forrepparttar 148033 vehicle, filling up with gas, directions, other types of maintenance, as well as insurance forrepparttar 148034 car.

This includes a lot of effort and work that an individual can easily avoid by simply taking a charter bus. Also, when you take a charter bus you eliminate one more car onrepparttar 148035 road. This has wonderful implications forrepparttar 148036 environment because fewer cars equal less smog and pollution. All you have to do is makerepparttar 148037 change from driving your vehicle long distances to taking a charter bus. Additioanlly, others will also make a change and with just one charter bus there will be at least 50 less cars onrepparttar 148038 road. Imagine what this would do forrepparttar 148039 environment, especially in cities like Chicago, if more people started taking charter buses?

It would have an amazing impact onrepparttar 148040 environment and pollution. Be one ofrepparttar 148041 first to startrepparttar 148042 change and begin taking charter buses. It will benefitrepparttar 148043 environment tremendously; however it will benefit you as well. While you are onrepparttar 148044 charter bus you will have complete free time to do whatever it is you enjoy, or even catch up on work.

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