Climbing the Highest Via Ferrata in Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Nothing calls out your inner daredevil like mountain climbing. As T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” That goes doubly for a Mount Kinabalu climb.
With more than 300 via ferrata (aka, protected climbing) routes in different parts of the world like France, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany and many others, Mountain Torq – the world’s highest via ferrata, located on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo boasts a one of a kind adventure for climbers of all ages looking for a grand Mount Kinabalu climb. But what is the lay of the land like?
Well, starting at 3500 yards (with an end point of 4129 yards) above the sea level, Mountain Torq provides two via ferrata routes, namely the Low’s Peak Circuit and Walk the Torq. Both routes are specially designed to allow beginner and intermediate climbers to get access to unreachable rock faces. This allow them to enjoy the activity at great lengths without prior mountaineering experience.
At 4129 yards above sea level, Low’s Peak Circuit offers climbers the opportunity to explore nature’s magnificent wonders. On this route, you will be able to catch glimpses of the mesmerizing landscapes surrounding the mountain. You’ll also uncover rarely-seen, hidden corners of the plateau. Specially designed for intermediate climbers with high fitness levels, this 4 to 5 hour route to the summit includes rest stops at locations that reward climbers with spectacular views of the breathtaking sights surrounding the region.
Located at 3597 yards, basically at the base of the mountain, Pendant Hut is a cozy alpine lodge accommodation. It was built exclusively for via ferrata climbers. The dormitory style lodgings boast private rooms (that can fit 4 people). They also boast a comfortable lounge area for climbers to relax and unwind once they have made a safe descent down the mountain.
Carry water and a few high-energy snacks like nuts, and dried fruits to keep your energy up throughout the journey. The temperatures at the summit can drop pretty low, near freezing in fact. Accordingly, be sure to wear a few extra layers under your parka to keep you warm.
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