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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu February 23rd 2020

On Friday morning we set off for a three-day, two-night tour in the jungle around Mount Kinabalu. The mountain is, with an altitude of over 4,000 metres, the tallest mountain in Borneo. It is surrounded by jungle, and one can take various tours. Amongst them is a two-day tour up the mountain. On day two, one can watch the sunrise from the peak of the mountain. However, Mizzi and I had deliberately decided against it. We both did not feel in the physical condition for it. Moreover, we were more in the mode of relaxing and exploring than in the mood for challenge. Thus, we had booked a tour that would take us camping at the foot of the mighty mountain, with a few easier hikes included. We left our hostel in Kota Kinabalu early, dropped ... read more
View towards Mount Kinabalu I
View towards Mount Kinabalu I
Climbing steep trails

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu June 30th 2018

I really need to stop taking so many pictures of all the squirrels and laughingthrushes and yuhinas and things. All the common animals are really awesome/adorable/cool looking and they’re pretty much all endemic to the mountain, but the problem with such cool animals being everywhere and really conspicuous is that I keep taking lots of pictures of them. The ground squirrels and the yuhinas in particular are really funny in their behaviour but I really have to stop taking pictures of them all. I’ve been doing well lately, but at this point I’ve taken a lot of pictures. I’ve nearly filled my third SD card which will make 96GB of pictures from this trip so far. That’s a lot of data. And I don’t even have the excuse of shooting in RAW. I know that I ... read more
Velvet-fronted Laughingthrush
Snowy-browed Flycatcher
Grey-throated Minivet Female

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu June 27th 2018

My very scientific title refers primarily to the Bornean Mountain Ground Squirrel and the Lesser (Short-tailed) Gymnure. The former is very common and extremely cute and fluffy, the latter I’ve seen once very briefly dash into the vegetation by the side of the road near the top not far from the Timpohon Gate. They super cool and not actually mice or even rodents (they’re insectivores, in the hedgehog family). There are lots of different squirrels around though, many of which are very cool like the Whitehead’s Pygmy with its awesome white ear-tufts as well as the almost as small Red-bellied Sculptor Squirrel along with several other montane squirrel species. If you like squirrels, Mt Kinabalu is definitely the place to be! There are also lots of treeshrews that look confusingly similar to ground squirrels. But the ... read more
Chestnut-crested Yuhinas Hawking for Moths at Lights at Sunrise
Bornean Mountain Ground Squirrel
Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu June 26th 2018

It's really cold here! I knew it would be cold, but it's dramatically colder than I was expecting. It was definitely in the low teens last night and the high for today is supposed to be 24. Apparently it's generally 15 degrees colder here than the lowland. It's fine because I don't mind the cold, but I wasn't expecting it to be quite that cold during the night and I ended up sleeping under two massive blankets. The view this morning though (once I finally woke up after 9 - I needed that sleep) wow! Stunning! Amazing mountains, low cloud, and fantastic vegetation with tree ferns and pines and such. And from the accommodation I couldn't actually see Mt Kinabalu itself but that view in the gaps in the clouds is just something else. I should ... read more
Bornean Mountain Ground Squirrel
Bornean Black-banded Squirrel
Sunda Laughingthrush

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu June 25th 2018

My morning birding at Danum was quite productive and the French guys also found it more productive than usual completely independent of me. This seemed to be a common trend with occasional days of great birding and others with almost nothing in the same areas. I added quite a few new species actually, see the list below which were all from only a couple of hours this morning, as well as a great and first-photo view of a Large Green Pigeon being worth noting. I've refined my breakfast strategy by this point too so I don't miss out on birding. Breakfast is officially 7-8:30 but if you're not there at 7 on the dot there will be no food left and you'll be stuck behind a long queue and waste loads of birding time so the ... read more
Black-and-red Broadbill
Flower
Bearded Pig Outside the Dorm

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu May 29th 2018

Budim sa uz okolo 6.00, vonku pekny slnecny den. Ostavam tu teda este jednu noc. Spanok bol v pohode,nebola zima i ked boli pootvorene skla na okne. Okno tu neni cele sklenene ale su tu take sklenenne pasy, ktore sa nastavuju podla toho ako chce clovek vetrat. Babi este spali. Na recepcii mi ponukaju ranajky to odmietam a smer vstup do np kinabalu. Chcel som kupit aj vodu ale tu ju maju za 3, oproti cez cestu za 1.5rm, ha len obchodik bol rano este zavrety, tak vyrazam s cca pol litrom vody. Tetulu v np zdravim salamat pagi a hovorim satu. Ona na to limables, tak ja tiga. Najskor sa storcuje ale nakonec mi dava lokalnu cenu 3 a nie turisticku 15. Len mi vravi aby som s tym listko nesiel do druhej casti parku ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu May 28th 2018

Cs kamos ma vyzdvihuje presne o 9.00. Som fakt prekvapeny, ani raz nemeskali ked ma vyzdvihovali. Boli presny ako svajciarske hodinky. Vyhadzuje ma na jalan padang odkial chodia minivany do roznych destinacii. Mna vyklada pri destinacii ranau. Vyberci vravi, ze 25rm. Cakaju tu 3 nemci (2babi, chalan), idu do kundasang. Neskor prichadza sikmacka, niekam odbieha a privaza dalsie dve. 12 ludi + sofer a kopa batoziny. Chlapik co mi vravel 25rm vybera prachy, domaci davaju 20 (traja ludia), sikmacka aj s dvoma babami co donisla 25rm, sused nestiha zaplatit a nemci tez ne, bo vyberci sa zakecal, dosol sofer a isli sme. Co som rozumel tak nemcom tez hovorili cenu 25rm (mozno zaplatili skor nevim). Na konci mesta je opat mesita obohnana jazerom. Zacina stupanie do vrchu. Vyhlad nic moc, hmla, zatiahnute, poprcha. Obcas chytime kamion ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu June 28th 2017

Sometimes in life its important to get to the top of something. I thought about 20 years ago how great it would feel to climb a mountain. Sit at the top and watch the sun rise... So in this my 50 year time was running out to climb a proper mountain. I had got to the top of Snowdon but that was in a train so didn't really count. I looked at the map, saw mount Kinabalu not far from where our flight was going in Brunei.13,000 ft, 20th highest mountain in the world (going by some strange stand alone summit calculation). 2 day hike, Me and Ollie (while Ginny chilled out in KK)...surely that would be achievable - they even bus you half way up so its only a 9km hike with an ascent of ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu May 20th 2017

Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Just got back from 23 days in Malaysian (not Indonesian) Borneo. Spent 12 days in Sabah (famous for palm oil, Mt Kinabalu, orang-utans); 11 days in Sarawak (famous for headhunters). A superlative holiday. Here are the highlights in no particular order: SABAH - Climbed Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain in S.E.Asia. Walked 5 hours through jungle to the resthouse. Slept there till 3-30am. Then walked 2½ hours in darkness over bare rock to the summit – 4095 metres. Great night sky. Great dawn views. Weather mercifully dry. Walking down was hard on the knees – after the 2½ ascent, an uninterrupted 6 hours down to the Park Headquarters. · At Poring got really close to an orang-utan – Suzy, an orphaned female 7 years old, now living wild in the jungle but partial ... read more
Mt Kinabalu
The Pinnacles
Bat Cave Sarawak

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu October 15th 2016

From Sepilok to Mt. Kinabalu is about four hours by bus. You just head up the road from Sepilok to the junction with the main highway and flag down any bus heading past. The bus we caught was playing The Hobbit, and when that finished there was a Chinese movie called Monkey King 2 which had the most hilariously-indecipherable subtitles I have ever seen. Really the only reason I knew what was going on was because I was a big fan of the Japanese Monkey tv series from the 70s. There are a couple of places to stay just outside the gates of the national park. Tahubang Lodge is directly opposite and the Mountain Resthouse is five minutes walk along the road. There is accommodation inside the gates as well, but this is owned by the ... read more
Bornean black-banded squirrel (Callosciurus orestes)
Bornean black-banded squirrel (Callosciurus orestes)
Bornean black-banded squirrel (Callosciurus orestes)




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