A couple of months ago I mentioned that even though I’m not a gym person, I joined a gym. Today I’m telling you why. We have booked a trip to Malaysia, which is less than two months away. I’m not trying to get into bikini shape for the beaches. Instead I’m hoping that I don’t kill myself while hiking Mount Kinabalu, a mountain on the island of Borneo, which is located in Sabah. It’s 13,435 ft (4,095 meters) above sea level. This makes it one of the highest mountains in South East Asia and it’s the 20th most prominent mountain in the world. We plan on completing the climb in 2 days. On the second day, our wake-up call will be at 1:30 a.m. so we can hike to the top and watch the sunrise and then make our way down.
Here are some facts about Mount Kinabalu
* It was formed approximately 10 million years ago, which makes it a rather young mountain (at what age is a mountain old?)
*Mount Kinabalu National Park has over 5,000 different species of plants and animals. This includes over 100 mammal species and 326 bird species.
*They estimate that there are between 5,000 and 6,000 species of plants. Many of which are only found in this region.
* There are more than 800 species of orchids, more than 600 fern species, and 13 species of carnivorous pitcher plants (I’m not sure what this is yet)
* In Sabah, there are 850 butterfly species
I’m not going to lie; I’m super excited about all of this, which is why I joined a gym. I want to be able to experience all of this beauty. I learned from my volcano climbing experience in Guatemala that I just can’t show up and hope for the best. That hike was no fun. I was completely out of shape and boy did it show. Seriously, I was on my hands and knees part of the way—that is until we got close to the top and I couldn’t touch the rocks. They get damn hot! I made it to the top, but by the time I got there I was so beat I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
Yes, I expect Mount Kinabalu to kick my butt—I hear it’s difficult. But I don’t want to make matters worse by not attempting to get into shape. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.
I would like to give a shout out to the best running buddy in the world. Miles I couldn’t do this without you.