Ruhaizad Daud contacted us with excellent information. He’s a Malaysian doctor from Sabah who is passionate about Mount Kinabalu.
Ruhaizad is also the editor of Mount-Kinabalu-Borneo.com, a content rich site with everything you could possibly need to plan a trip. He confirms that "Anybody, I repeat anybody – can reach the summit – provided that they have the best information and preparation."
We’ve subscribed to his blog and newsletter. Ruahizad even publishes a .pdf guidebook which you can download for a small donation.
St. John’s Peak 2005 – photo Ruhaizad Daud
We’ve added Mt. Kinabalu to our list of best hikes in Asia and linked to Ruhaizad’s site.
However, this is just the kind of adventure which tends to attract beginners who may get hurt or killed. A British teenager died there in 2001. Guides are mandatory but the quality of those guides is suspect.
On the other hand, I really want to go to Kinabalu myself.
At over 4000m (13,123ft) it’s South-East Asia’s highest mountain. The photos look very appealing.
Malaysia is the most under-rated country in Asia, in my opinion. I definitely want Kinabalu on my own list of the best hikes in the world.
photo – zbjernak
more great Kinabalu photos on flickr
( via Adventure Blog)