Monday, April 30, 2007

Mount Irau

Mount Irau is the most challenging climb I have ever attempted. Having afraid of heights and being extremely clumsy, I am normally not too keen to have anything to do with climbing. I initially thought Mount Irau will be just like Penang Hill, a hike up the mountain for a beautiful view. Boy, was I wrong!

Like most of you, I have never heard of Mount Irau and didn’t even know there is such a mountain you can climb in Cameron. It took us about 9 hours in total for the trip up and down the mountain. We started off about 830am in the morning and reached the top about 130pm. We were very slow, busy admiring the view along the way and snapping photos.


Beautiful morning view on the way to Mount Irau.


Our clean shoes, before we start the journey.


The not-so-easy climb....and imagine you have to do this for 9 hours....


And it just kept going up...and up....


And then down......then up.....then down....never-ending...


Along the journey, the view was beautiful...


And it was extremely muddy....a perfect place for a mud bath.


We finally reached the Mossy Forest. It was unbelieavable, a real-life Lord of the Rings scenary.


Everything was so green.


3 Charlies-Angels-Wannabe


We finally reached the top after 5 hours! There are other groups at the top and some of us are fast to make friends....


The journey downhill was so much faster. We left the top at 2pm and reached the bottom of the mountain at about 515pm. Well, everyone was too tired to admire the view or snap photos. We just want to reach the bottom and go home!

It was once of a lifetime experience. The journey was fun, the mountains were gorgeous, the company was great (the singers showed off the voices by singing during the climb uphill), the air was cool and refreshing and there were no bugs or leeches.


Our muddy shoes after the 9 hours climb.


6 comments:

katztales said...

What was the occasion? Just personal torture or a school gang meeting with a difference??? Looks pretty up there.

Lux said...

Breathtaking scenery - looks like a good time was had by all.

Daisy said...

What a beautiful place! And it looks like a very challenging hike. But fun, too!

Just Sharlene and My Spice Cats said...

katztales, no special occasion, just a bunch of friends decided that we need some adventure to spice up our lives. We are off Mount Kinabalu next year!

Phantasma said...

Oh no! You beat me to it. I was going to say "Next! Mount Kinabalu!" ^_^

As a Sabahan I've never climbed Mount Kinabalu. I don't know if I'll ever climb it.

Blondie said...

Wow! That looks like fun and pain at the same time. And such a beautiful place to be--thank you for sharing the photos!