Hi, I'd really appreciate some advice. I am 59, female, my husband is 58. We are both healthy and active, but not especially fit. Our record of consistent workouts is patchy, and we've left it rather late to start any serious training for our trip to Sabah in mid July.
Just how hard a climb is Mount Kinabalu? My shoestring guide says people "of all ages and fitness levels" can climb it, but stuff I've been reading on the net suggest it's pretty strenuous, even to the mid-mountain night-stop (6 hours walk). We can handle fairly brisk walks (like 1 to 2 hours non-stop). We've climbed the Great Wall, the pyramids at Chechen Itza, trekked through Bako National Park, climbed 1000 steps to a shrine in Japan, and generally when on holiday we walk our feet off. But we've never walked uphill for 6 hours straight. Is it 6 hours non-stop, or does the 6 hours allow for rests?
Would we be foolish to attempt the climb? It makes a difference to plan now, as I don't want to lug gloves and raincoats etc. all the way to Sabah if we're not going to make the climb.
Any advice, especially from other oldies who've attempted the climb would be much appreciated.
Eventhough I am 26 and had been there twice, what can I advise you is:
It's no surprise to find many people at your age or even older than you (I met 2 British at 70++ and they even walked faster than I was) were on the trail up the summit!
If you are physically 'just' okay, you can have a short rest at each wooden-stop (not gazebo of course)along your trail; the guide would stop and wait until you regain your stamina. ADVICE: do not rest too long.
If you think you couldn't make it to the top, and why not a hot coffee in Laban Rata? Look at the misty atmosphere and you might get exhilarated by the far but white 'mini' waterfalls ...
Take much and much rest while you arrive at Laban Rata coz after that, you might get prepared for the rest! Going up to summit may seem easy or difficult depending on individual's fitness level! But to tell you the truth, the trail up to the peak is actually testing our mental rather than stamina (I find fit in mental helped me to reach the top and less physical fitness is used for the completion of mountain-climb)
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Go for it. I think you should be able to manage ok. Its basically just a long slog up the mountain, so you can take your time and enjoy the views as you go up. Lots of older people do climb the mountain with no problem