Borneo 3 Peaks Expedition
Departed 22nd July 2017
Leader: Dave Pritt
The team have all reached summit of Mt Tusmadi over 3 days which involved caving through the undergrowth and following wonderful tracks through the jungle and even climbing the beanstalk for almost 500m,
Lots of pitcher plants and orchids holding back on showing their flowers due to late night rain.
The team have made the first traverse made of Mt Trusmadi.
All of the group arrived at Pendant 3230m in readiness to set off at 1am for the summit of Mt Kinabalu 4095m, then followed a successful attempt for the whole team. Then the worlds highest via ferrata originally opened by Sir Chris Bonnington. Then 2400m descent. The team have an early start for our flight out to see the turtles and orang-utans to bring a full intensive itinerary to a relaxing end.
The team have had a tough but enjoyable day, walking through the trees and roots in the hot sun or around 10-11 hours. They are currently back at the hotel before heading to Mt Kinabalu tomorrow
All is well with the group and we have all enjoyed exploring Mulu National Park in the first section of the expedition in the Mulu region. We’ve been on plank walks, including the Mulu Canopy Skywalk which measures 480 meters long and is one of the longest tree-based walkways in the world! We have also trekked through the rainforest to Deer Cave and had the chance to explore the world’s largest cave passage, with the roof at least 90m high throughout. The cave has a moon-like landscape and from one vantage point, a perfect profile of President Lincoln can be observed. We also visited Langs Cave, which boasts incredible stalactites and stalagmites, some of the very best limestone formations in the park.
Yesterday we took a longboat upriver to Wind Cave with its impressive ‘King’s Chamber’, and discovered more impressive limestone formations, cliffs and caves before trekking 9km to base camp, where we made the steep walk up to Gunung Api using ropes and ladders to visit the limestone Pinnacles.
We are now back in Kota Kinabalu for a night’s sleep before setting off towards Borneo’s second highest peak Mt Trusmadi tomorrow.