Who is Survival Steve and Why You Need To Prepare For Every Occasion?
They said it should take 3 hours to make the peak, sunrise at 6 so therefore we should start the climb at 3am for sunrise. Nah i wont need long pants says Steve, we will summit at day break so it shouldn’t be too cold so we start the ascent at 3am on the dot.
It was quite calm and little cold, maybe 40 degrees not much wind, “this is fine” i was thinking. Started strong, passing all the slower trekkers every 30 feet or so, then we hit some single track behind the slowest group ever…
I know all you runners out there know how it feels to break rhythm with shit slow people in front so we held back for about 20 mins of the track waiting for a break, then boom we jogged out of there.
Its weird when you have a benchmark time for hitting certain milestones on the climb like “I expect to be here by X time” and even with the slow section behind those tourists we were still making good time.
We hit the 12,000 foot mark at at 4am thinking, hmm this is going a bit quicker than we thought and when you cant see the peak this can be either good or bad which you will find out.
Now i have to confess we didn’t start from the bottom of the mountain at 3am, we did most of the hike the day before while i was harboring a hangover from the city fun from the couple of days before, so lets just say i wasn’t in the best of shape haha.
Anyways, back to the story, boom 4am hits and we are thinking that this is going quite quick because Mt Kinabalu is a 13,45 foot mountain and I was feeling like we will be a little early today…
So turns out, we hit peak at 4:45 am and like i said before i was wearing short because i didnt prepare, my mistake and about 300 foot from the peak the winds and sleet holy shit it started to pump! Im talking 50 mile an hour winds, here me in my windbreaker and skinny legs, too bloody cold.
We hit the peak and i had to hide in a rock hole for an hour till the sun rose, and did it get warmer you ask? no way, it took about another 40 minutes before some heat got back into my chicken drumstick legs, then after that it was fine but i remember laying there in the hole, rocking myself to keep warm thinking “your an idiot, why did you not prepare for this!
So after trekking though the Kota Kinabalu mountain range in Borneo totally unprepared, and having completed a few treks since to Everest base camp (Tibetan side – 5150m) and some mountains in Korea. I have learnt a thing or two about what kits to use and what not to use. I would love to share this knowledge with you.
Everything on this site is my opinion and i hope it helps you with you survival preparation.