Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo (Indonesia)

I climbed Mt. Kinabalu, the highest peak on the island of Borneo, early on my round-the-world (RTW) trip, in the fall of 1996. Arriving in Borneo after two months in Indonesia, I caught a horrible chest cold, and was laid up in the city of Kuching for a week. Climbing this peak was the end of my recuperation. All but the first picture are in Malaysian Borneo.

These are durian, a famously stinky fruit of southeast Asia (there are laws against them in Singapore), that are nonetheless considered a delicacy.

A riverfront walk in Kuching.

A colonial house in Kuching.

One of the peaks of Mt. Kinabalu.

The summit are of Mt. Kinabalu.

It's about a five hour hike up to the hut at the bottom of this picture. Then you get up in the middle of the night to climb to the summit.

Sunrise, as I approach the summit.

Fixed ropes help on a slippery section.

Looking down at the "hut".

Low angle, but slippery and wet slabs near the summit.

Here I am on the summit.

Inset-eating pitcher plants in Kinabalu National Park.

A closeup of the pitcher plants.

As I was leaving the area, sitting by the roadside waiting for the bus, I saw a sign next to the road, that there was one of these rare stinking rafflesia "flowers". They aren't really flowers technically.

For a fee of about $1, a local led me through the forest to this wild specimen. Yes, it did stink.