Taman Negara Kinabalu What to Pack

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    For Muscle aches, cramps and pains

    by skyangel_k1 Written Jul 28, 2005
    Creams and ointments

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I used Deep Heat Muscle Rub in a small tube. Some others were applying Yoko yoko on their way up. Really, if you warmed up before hand and do a few very good stretches (at least 15-20 seconds per stretch type and do not jerk your muscles as you stretch), it helps a lot more than the creams. If you do get swollen ankles, joints and muscles, there are OTC medications that you want to check out before hand.

    For antiseptic creams, I took along Burnol, and for headaches (didn't use this at all), I got a very small thumbsized bottle of minyak cap kapak. I packed these all in a little zip lock bag so that it is easy to find without tipping the whole bag over for that tiny something.

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    A first aid kit is important throughout the trip

    by skyangel_k1 Written Jul 28, 2005
    My mini first aid kit

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: First aid kit requirements :
    Bandaids, Gauze, cotton/cotton buds, bandages & antiseptic cream for cuts and blisters
    2-4 Panadols or aspirins for mild headaches
    Water purifiers if you do not trust the fresh spring water (untreated) provided at each rest stop
    2-4 Charcoal tablets to absorb toxins and substances for if you took something that didn't agree with your tummy
    2 Cold and/or hayfever tablets for those sniffles - you could get them with the drastic change in climatic conditions or when you get a little weak after the climb
    Headache oil
    Deep heat muscle cream (if you stretch before and especially after, you don't need this as much)
    Rehydration salts or isotonic salts
    2 serves of Vitamins

    Miscellaneous: Pack your first aid kit in portions, those that are taken orally, those that are applied (not edible), and pack them in small mini zip lock sections, eg those you will definitely or most likely use (eg vitamins, panadol). I zip-locked them all into one medium bag after that. So it's easy to dish out whatever you need without digging up the whole kit and messing up the rest, and it is easy to put back. I labelled my items, so that others could get to it without eating the wrong medication too. My most popular items 'consumed' were panadols, aspirins, cold tablet and some deep heat (used after day 2). Of, if you want altitude sickness tablets, you need a doctor's prescription first - highly recommended (see my tips on altitude sickness). You don't need to pack too much, if you get really sick, you are down to KK the next day anyway, and can get complete medical aid then.

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    Wost case scenario - if you forget something

    by skyangel_k1 Written Jul 28, 2005
    Back pack and day bag

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you do forget to bring something like your parka or gloves, you can always rent them at Laban Rata.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you forget ant medical or toiletry supplies, you can buy them at Timpohon Gate at the bottom, or at Laban Rata, although the prices escalate as the altitude gets higher!

    Photo Equipment: Bring your charger and extra batteries if you intend to snap lots of photos with the flash. It can get quite shady in daytime due to the forest covering and the mist, so your flash may be handy.

    Miscellaneous: I have included individual packing tips on why each item is necessary or a luxury. Use your discretion on what you need, travel light, or get a porter to help you with your load. Pack the day's essentials into a day bag, and leave the rest with the porter. At RM6.60 a kg (return journey), it is well worth it.

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    Torch

    by yuet29 Written Mar 22, 2005

    Miscellaneous: You will need a torch light during the 2nd day trip to the summit. Make sure that the battery can last for 3 hours. If you can get a head lamp, it is even better because you can free your both hand to hold the rope.

    The normal AA battery can last for 1.5 hours. Head lamp with LED using AAA can last for long hours.

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    Camera

    by yuet29 Updated Jan 17, 2005

    Miscellaneous: If you dont want to miss any memorable moment you have on the mountain, bring camera.

    For every rest point we stopped, what the first thing we did is put down the bag. Next, take out the camera snap snap snap.

    Even though you dont have the best weather, even though you cant catch the peak- it is in the fog, you will snap smile and sweat and steps you have walk though.

    You can see how everyone wants to get their own album. We are a group of 11 with 8 of us have our own camera.

    For those with camera or handphones, remember to bring charger. There are power points on the mountains!

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    Umbrella and poncho

    by yuet29 Written Jan 17, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: You may find it ridiculous, but an umbrella is a MUST for climbing Mt.. Kinabalu. It is not like treking in other tropica forest or jungle where you get a lot of obstacles. In Mt. Kinabalu, the trail is so well-built that is just like climbing stair-case.. of course a bigger steps.

    An umbrella is a better choice from wearing poncho- which will make you hot and uncomfortable. Every guide brings an umbrella, poncho is just to cover their bags.

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    Sleeping bag

    by yuet29 Written Jan 17, 2005

    Miscellaneous: If you are tired, every gram counts. You can carry your own sleeping bag with you or rent it from Laban Rata with RM5.

    The weather is not certain anyway. Even in the Waras hut which is without heater, in early January, the weather can be warm and a blanket that has been provided is more than enough.

    We basically imagined that we will freeze to die without heater.. so we wore winter clothes with sleeping bag plus blanket.. = hot to die.

    Seriously it really doesnt worth the effort to carry your sleeping bag all the way to Laban Rata since you can easily rent it with such an affordable price. - travel(climb) light, be cool..

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    Shoes with good grips

    by yuet29 Written Jan 17, 2005
    Boots

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boots or sport shoes with good grips are necessary for the climbing.. But what surprice you is the guide will wear very simple rubber shoes. The can walk without using rope for the steepest lanscape.. as they have some special 'kung fu' to do that..

    Remember not to wear any shoes that you think this might be their 'last trip', because most probably the shoes wont last until your trip ends.

    Most probably the shoes will "open their mouth" in the middle of your journey and you need to use rubber band or whatever to tie the shoes. In this case, if raining, your foor will surely get wet and it is truly not fun to get a wet foot under such cold weather.

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    Packing

    by yuet29 Written Jan 17, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: If you are going for Mt.. Kinabalu, before heading to the park, remember to pack your things into 2 bags: those carry with you and those not.

    You can keep your luggage in the Kinabalu Park HQ for RM5 per bag. So only take a small bag with you for all stuffs that you need on the mountain.

    For the important things like passport and wallet, to reduce the weight of the bag as much as possible, you can lock it in a locker inside the HQ. The service is free. We were quite comfortable with the service because it needs two keys to open the locker. Of course they might have spare key.. but we just trust..

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    High Energy Food

    by yuet29 Updated Jan 17, 2005
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    Miscellaneous: Energy food is a must for trekking. The most common energy food are musli bar, chocolate bar and nuts.

    You can buy the ready-packed mix nuts or mix it yourself. Remember to include raisin!

    You need to take a little bit of food and water everytime you meet a rest point even though you dont feel like taking any. The food and water will supply you energy for the rest of the journey.

    There are no chocolate sold at Laban Rata except a 2 finger kit-kat. For every 2-finger costs RM1.5. Expensive huh.. so buy yours before you come to Kinabalu Park.

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    Sun Block & Lip Gloss

    by muddybok Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    Sun Block

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip gloss is a must because the temperature at the summit can be as low as 4 or lower degree Celsius. I loss my lip gross on my way down, and now I'm still suffering from dry lips.

    Why sun block when it's so cold up there? You will expose to direct sun light when you're coming down from the summit around 8-10pm. The burn can be quite severe & my pals thought that I went diving when they realised that I'm becoming really tanned.

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    Rain Coat

    by muddybok Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    Disposable rain coat

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll need to bring some simple rain coat or water resistant jackets. Rain may shower anytime in the day.

    Your shoe & other baggage must be kept dry, or you will suffer cold at night & may not be able to scale the last 2000ft next morning.

    P/s: you'll be overnight at 11000 ft (Laban Rata) before proceeding to summit next morning around 2-3am.

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    Gloves

    by muddybok Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    Gloves with Latex coating

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You need to bring along some gloves for both keeping warm & scaling the mountain using ropes at KM 6.6 - 7.

    It's best to have some water resistant leather glove, or some cheap substitute of gardening gloves & wearing a surgical glove inside.

    The most important thing is to keep your hands dry, or your hands will suffer numbness.

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    Rehyderation Salt & simple medications

    by muddybok Updated Apr 23, 2004

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    Medical Supplies

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You need to bring some re-hydration salt & simple medications such as aspirins, pain killer, charcoal pills, altitude sickness pills & etc.

    Do bring along some plasters & bandages in case of some minor cuts.

    Miscellaneous: Air at 13,000 ft can be quite thin. Those who're suffering ashma attacks, pls consult your doctor before you scale the mountain.

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    Hiking Shoe or Sport Shoe

    by muddybok Written Apr 23, 2004

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    Hiking Shoe

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will need shoes with good grip when you're scaling the Mount Kinabalu. Any mistake or slip can be fatal & definitely not in anybody wish list.

    You also need to keep you shoe & socks dry, or you may need to abandon the attempt to scale the summit.

    Do bring extra socks because it is going to be very cold when the night fall. The coldness is especially evident to Malaysian, who lives in hot & humid low land.

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