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Mt. Kinabalu Hike

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Mt. Kinabalu Hike

Looking for suggestion on trekking outfits for a Mt. Kinabalu hike. Would like something relatively cheap but am open to other suggestions. Thank you!

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1. Re: Mt. Kinabalu Hike

Alex R,

You did not mention where you are.

Have you been mountaineering before.

So, here in the UK we have "Go outdoors" adventure kit stores, with good quality kit at low prices and higher end priced kit if needed.

Firstly are you carrying all your kit or using a porter? Weight can be a serious factor.

Comfort is the next thing, everything you consider taking should be comfortable and worn in especially footwear.

Anything you are carrying should have multiple uses.

The weather you encounter can cover everything except ice & snow. Look via U-tube as to what you can expect.

Consider lightweight cargo trousers. Don't get the zip off leg version as the joint rubs against your leg.

You should take several lightweight baggy T-shirts and a long sleeve version.

Keep the wet dirty clothes for trekking in. End of the day change into warm dry clothes for sleeping.

Take a waterproof outer layer, you will at some point going up or down experience some rain.

Different pair of padded walking socks each day, plus one dry pair for sleeping/in hut use.

A hat. Sunglasses.

A microfibre towel.

Use wet wipes to keep clean and to wash your bits/feet etc.

A flat folding water carrier. (like camel backs) but cheaper version. You don't need the rucksack bit just the water bag.

Cheap is not always the way too go as it can make a trek very painful and sore when you are hot/sweaty.

Trekking type (Trainers) are ideal as they are lightweight.

Consider cutting items in two or modifying you kit to be more functional.

Always take para cord about 6m. This can be used as a washing/drying line, boot laces, replacement straps, a belt , holding your kit up out of the mud/water etc.

Consider waterproofing all you kit with a plastic bag in your bergan/rucksack.

Take those Gel liquid sachets cyclists use for replacing your electrolites, they only work in your body so get them down your neck rather than carry them all day.

Anything else just ask.

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2. Re: Mt. Kinabalu Hike

Pack something easy waterproof jacket/raincoat (as weather is unpredictable at the summit), beginning of climb you can hike with just a shorts if windy breeze is ok with you and a sandle or a good hiking shoes. A drinking bottle as you can always refill along the way & some power bar. Summit climb you will need a torch recommended you have a head torch & also gloves for you to hold on in the pitch dark as everything will be wet & slippery. Pack something light for early summit climb like raincoat & water bottle.

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3. Re: Mt. Kinabalu Hike

Pack something easy waterproof jacket/raincoat (as weather is unpredictable at the summit), beginning of climb you can hike with just a shorts if windy breeze is ok with you and a sandle or a good hiking shoes. A drinking bottle as you can always refill along the way & some power bar. Summit climb you will need a torch recommended you have a head torch & also gloves for you to hold on in the pitch dark as everything will be wet & slippery. Pack something light for early summit climb like raincoat & water bottle.

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