On the island of Borneo, we set off at 7:30 in the morning to see the sharp and interesting rock formations, called The Pinnacles, near the summit of Mount Api. This climbing path is only 2.4 km, but the height difference between the starting point and the peak is 1,200 meters. The first half-hour of the walk in the forest you can be considered almost straight, but then at almost 45 degree angle in blood sweat, tree trunks and roots are trying to climb to cling to find.
The ropes are slanted between the trees to make the climb easier. In many climbing sections, you can climb up or down the rocks with the ropes attached to the stakes. In some places you are using metal steps and platforms attached to these stakes.
Mulu National Park covered with incredible rainforest. Tree trunks and rocks on our trekking path are covered with vines and mosses. My little backpack has lunch and two 1.5-liter water bottles. You must take 3 liters of water in this climb. Even if we started climbing in this early morning, you are losing a lot of water because of the warming of the air, high humidity and hard climbing.
At the place called Mini Pinnacles we gave our first 15 minutes break. We’re hard on where we’re sitting, but we’ve got more ways. We continued the climbing behind our 51-year-old guide. Experience is a difficult and risky climb. When you walk or climb on these rocks, you will lose your balance with a mistake or you can find yourself on the rocks with a few feet below. Of course it is exciting to step one step closer to the summit than to step over rocks, underneath, pass through passages, pass through a challenging step, look back and look at how and where you climbed up.
Since I was a lot of people in the mountains when I was little, I have no problem walking or climbing on the rocks. The aspect advantage also works but what about breathing and energy? We tried to rest it. When you look back at these moments, seeing the forest laid down under the sky and clouds in incredible beauty and blue, all the tiredness was seen. We came to the point of view of The Pinnacles near the summit of Mount Api 3 hours after we began climbing.
Rising up like a tower towards the sky, the gray, sharp, steep, and huge Cliffs of The Pinancles are located in the lush forest, between the two hills, a few hundred meters down from where we are. These sharp rocks have been formed by the erosion of the rains and erosion that have been pouring for hundreds of years and some of them have a height of 40-50 meters. Just a few meters ahead of the rocks we sit to rest, they are among the smaller ones. At this little pinnacles point you have the opportunity to take very nice pictures and watch the scenery. Of course, beware, they’re very sharp. I and the other 6 people from Poland, except my companion. First they grabbed this place.
We were hungry after a hard climb. I used one of the sharp rocks I found there to open the corn cans I brought with me. When I mixed it with rice pilaf I bought at the camp, my lunch was ready. The squirrels, who smelled food, threw a javelin around us. Our guide began to chat about the village of Penan and his religions. He is a bold Christian advocate. Very friendly and pleasant, 51 years old, but you can’t imagine her age if you look at her appearance. He’s been climbing this mountain for 25 years and he’s retiring soon. Our second guide is friendly and pleasant. His grandfathers attacked the other tribes and hunted their skulls 50 years ago from the Iban tribe. The more skulls you collect, the more effective and powerful you are considered, the crops are thought to be fertile.
After resting for about an hour, we started a descent to return to our campsite. Climbing is harder to take, and more risky. Seaweed from the rocks above the ground because of some of the seaweed kept. Tree roots on the ground and wet soil is already slippery. We only climbed 5 hours in 3 hours. As soon as we arrived at the camp, the first thing we did was to leave ourselves to the cold waters of the River Melinau.
Before the sunset, 20 Ringit (12 Dollars) trekking was organized to a nearby cave which is said to be not open to visitors. Friends who participated in this trekking, which I disagree with, said that this cave had many skeletons and skulls as it was the living space of the tribes that were hunting the skull. Another trekking, called Night Shift, which I did not agree with, was organized with the monitoring of trekking in the night. He took it from my lap in Singapore
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