Thanks for Mr Ganesh from Singapore for his excellent photos on Mount Kinabalu – mostly the dark side of it. He went there with his wife a week ago and managed to reach the summit with difficulties – the wheater was quite bad.

Anyway, thank you again for the photos. The 6 photos that he emailed me was at Layang-Layang, where the abandoned project of Mount Kinabalu situated. I will show you one of it here, and you can check out my official website for more pics.

Mount Kinabalu

My heart crushed when I saw this pics…

Check out other photos:

http://mount-kinabalu-borneo.com/blog/2006/08/14/eyesore-views-at-mount-kinabalu/

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Sabah sits at the tip of Borneo, the world’s third largest island. Its coastline of 1,440 km (900 miles), washed by the South China Sea on the West and the Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea on the East, that encloses an inland area of 74,500 sq. km. (29,399 sq. miles).
Sabah Map
Lying just north of the equator, Sabah enjoys a sunny tropical climate where it’s summer all year round. Daily temperatures range from 74 to 90 degree Farenheit (23 to 33 degree Centigrade), with cooler wheather up in the mountains.
A land blessed with nature’s most bountiful treasures, Sabah is also known by the famed romantic name of “The Land Below The Wind”.

Sabah presents the traveler with the highest challange in Borneo – Mount Kinabalu, rising majestically into the sky at 4,095.2 m (13,432.26 ft). With its granite massif dominating the surrounding landscape at the peak, ofteh shrouded in mists and clouds, Mount Kinabalu has an awesome mystique all its own. No wonder that, long ago, the Kadazandusun named it “Aki Nabalu” or “home of the spirits of the dead”.

Good thing is, no climbing experience is required to conquer the peak of Borneo, if you take the main route to the summit. Watching sunrise at the top has been described by travelers everywhere as a life-enriching experience.

Kinabalu Pine Resort

Mount Kinabalu is the main attraction in Kinabalu Park, which is less than 2 hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu. The road cuts and winds through lush countryside dotted with traditional village houses to give you an unforgettable scenic journey. Once in the Park, rejuvenate your body and mind at the Poring Hot Springs, a natural health spa where you can relax in open-air Japanese-style baths amidst a tropical rainforest seting.

Mt Kinabalu, the majestic summit of Borneo is the focal point of the park and the whole Sabah. Such is the importance of this mountain that the state capital Jesselton was renamed Kota Kinabalu in 1964. The highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Snow Mountains of papua Barat (New Guinea Island) this magnificent granite massif stands at 4,095.2m (13,435 ft) tall.

Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its ‘outstanding universal values’ and role as one of the world’s most important biological sites.

Mount Kinabalu

The Kinabalu Park and the Kundasang War Memorial situated just on the fringe of the Park were both established in 1962 as commemorative symbols for the 2,428 Australian and British prisoners of war who suffered and died at Sandakan and the 3 people who risked their lives to help the prisoners. It was the inspiration of Major G.S. Carter D.S.O. (Toby Carter) a New Zealander employed with Shell Oil Co. (Borneo) and enlisted with the Royal Australian Engineers and parachuted into Borneo in 1945.

The Kinabalu Park covers a staggering area of 754 sq. km (300 sq. miles), from the Park Headquarters area all the way to Poring Hot Springs 40 km (25 miles) away and northwards to Mandalon, almost reaching the Kudat Highway. It is bigger than Singapore island! Established as a state park in 1964, this botanical paradise is blessed with an astonishing variety of flora and fauna that ranges over 4 climates zones, from the rich lowland dipterocarp forest through the montane oak, rhododendron: the corniferous forests, to the alpine meadow plants… and to the stunted bushes of the summit zone. Kinabalu Park has probably one of the richest flora collections in the world.

Highways and sealed roads have made the Park easily accessible. It’s an easy two (2) hour scenis drive from Kota Kinabalu and is popular gateway from the hustle and bustle of the city where the visitors can enjoy the cool invigorating air. In 2004, more than 415,360 visited the Park with more than 43,430 climbers. While the focus of the Park is the mountain, about 80% of visitors don’t climb all the wayto the peak but come simply to enjoy the serenity of this place.

Kinabalu Park Headquarters is situated on the southern boundry, at an elevation of 1,563m (5,000 ft) above sea level. Most of the Park facilities are located here including visitors’ accommodations, restaurants, exihibits centres, Park offices where overnight visitors and climbers must register.

Mount Kinabalu is situated in the island of Borneo, South East Asia. In Borneo, there are 3 nations – Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Kinabalu is in the state of Sabah, one of the state for Malaysia.

To get to Mount Kinabalu (from anywhere around the world), you must find a way to get to the capital of Malaysia first, before proceeding to Sabah. The easiest way is by aeroplane and head to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The only way to get to Sabah is by aeroplane, (either MAS, the nation's national carrier or Airasia, the nation's low cost carrier). The aeroplane will arrive in Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) and the journey will take about 2 1/2 hours. There are other direct international flight from neighbouring countries, but you have to make queiries to the respective airline company.

From the airport, you have to go to Kota Kinabalu main bus station (currently in Inanam) to get a transport to Mount Kinabalu. From there, you have to take either taxi or bus to get to Kinabalu Park HQ. The journey there will take another 2 hours, on a winding and uphill road.

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After struggling for more than 2 months, http://www.mount-kinabalu-borneo.com is ready. The website is made specially for mountain climbers who planned to climb Mount Kinabalu, the highest summit in South East Asia. I really tried to give you the best and updated information, tips and guidelines regarding the climb. Hopefully, with all the information that you gain, you could prepare for the climb and should be able to enjoy the journey.

 

This website is built using Open Source Software (OSS) with monetizing concept in mind, i.e. to generate some income by using 100% OSS and Google Adsense. If you are looking for other ways of diversifying your income (the correct way), willing to work very hard and would love to support the Open Source Community, then you should consider building a website with any theme that you like (just like me). It is easier doing things that you like than what you don't.

 

For the next few weeks I will share with you all the tips and tools that I used to build my website and how to generate the income, so that you could do the same. Although I do not have any formal computer education, I manage to work out almost everything from scratch. In other words, "I learn the hard way". Well, you are lucky. After going through the challanges myself, you will be only shown the easy way to do it.

 

By building a website with the theme that you like with what I suggested above, you may be able generate some income and your life back. As I heard somebody said to me, "You might make a living by being a doctor, but you make a LIFE by doing this".

This is why WordPress is the best. I actually install WordPress in my server for my blog to my website http://www.mount-kinabalu-borneo.com, but WordPress generously gave me another blog! Now that I have two blogsite, I am not sure what to put in here.

Anyway, if you ever come across this blogsite, please go to my website. I made the website specially for mountain climbers who planned to climb Mount Kinabalu, the highest summit in South East Asia. It is full of information, tips and guidelines that most of the climbers needed, so they could enjoy their journey.

I am also an Open Source Software (OSS) supporter, using:

  1. Linux operating system (Xandros OCE 3.0.2 distro to be precise).
  2. N|vu (WYSIWYG HTML generator) as the website builder.
  3. SiteBuildIt! (SBI!) as the content brainstormer.
  4. Firefox web browser.
  5. WordPress as the blog server.
  6. Hosted with a Linux platform by Exabytes.

If you are like me, you could follow my steps above and adding one more component to generate some pocket money – Google Adsense.

Blog me for more information. Or, better still, browse through my website to get some idea and then, we could share some knowledge.