So with the recent 6.0 RS earthquake that strucked Gunung Kinabalu on morning 5th June 2015, at 7.15am, it got into me. :(
I found myself regularly checking out fb, looking for any shared news on the earthquake. A fb post, written by 1 one of the guide, Safrey Sumping Ssp is heartbreaking. The beautiful trails, filled with hundreds years (or maybe thousands years) of bonsai was a wrecked. Granite rocks are everywhere. Some are even bigger than our car.
|Credit : Taken from Safrey Sumping Ssp fb.|
I cried reading the journey descending down from the peak by those who survived. Reading their words, i can visualize the hut, Laban Rata resthouse, the cafe, the bonsai, the tracks..... it breaks my heart.
And of course, pictures of those who perished in the event, still harnessed in their rope.... I'm beyond words :((
In an event like this, the heroes are definitely those mountain guides, who are really expert on the mountain trails. Their knowledge on the mountain, determination, passion and super power strong physique that can withstand the rough and good condition of the mountain, is truly remarkable. I remember one of our mountain guide, Pak Jo during my last visit to Aki Nabalu in Feb 2013. He was very kind, caring and supportive to our team member. He and another guide (cant remember the other guide's name) personally tag hand-in-hand 2 of our team member and support them until they reached Low's Peak. I really hope Pak Jo and his friends are safe.
So remembering the good old memories of Mount Kinabalu, i wish to re-visit the majestic mountain to see for myself the differences, from my 1st visit circa 2004, 2nd visit in 2009 and my 3rd visit circa 2013. I know the tracks will not be the same, from the viral pictures, the beautiful trail are destroyed with rocks, landslides etc. Its so so so sad......
|One of my fav trail. The bonsai, the steps....beautiful. I wonder if this part of the trail is clear from the damage :(|