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climbing the mountain with child(ren)

Port Stephens...
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climbing the mountain with child(ren)

Hello clever climbers

I realise this question has probably been asked before and there are some blogs out there but some first hand advise is sought please.

We will be 2 mums travelling with 5 boys u12yrs. My friend is very fit and keen to do the climb (i on the other hand am scared of heights so will give it a miss and look after the kids, good deed & all lol).

My friend (let's call her J-Lee) would like to know if others who have made the climb think it a good idea to climb with a 10 (nearly 11 yr old, the only one interested in making the climb)?? She is mainly concerned about altitude sickness (we live at sea level on a peninsular and they say this makes you more prone to altitude sickness??) Are there are things J-Lee would need to consider taking a child on the climb? WOuld it be better to go through a tour company for extra care, or straight to sutera to book direct? makes no difference??

Any tips would be much appreciated

J-Lee says many many thanks to you

Thanks K :-)

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1. Re: climbing the mountain with child(ren)

Hi K & J-Lee,

10 years old is OK to do the climb,as long as the child.is pysically healthy. With regards if altitude sickness,this is very much depending on the child's physical as well. If the child is used to trained for hiking,then the child should be fine. Go slow.

With regards if booking direct or via tour company,you'll get the same service except for the transportation up & down the mountain. If you book from a tour company,you could charter for them to transport only your group,which means the driver will be designated to wait for you and do the transfer as per your preferred time.


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2. Re: climbing the mountain with child(ren)

Its a very steep climb and particularly on the descent you feel it in your knees. I was very fit when i climbed it (no problems with the hike) but still felt the strain of it for several days after.

Even for the young ones this could be the case. What is the longest climb the 10 year old has ever done?

One of the main issues i think is that most of the gradient is a series of steps, rather than climbing the actual hillside itself. Its therefore a different sort of climbing to what many westerners would have experienced (certainly for me in Scotland, England, France etc.) where you simply climb the mountainside for the most part.

I had no problems with altitude sickness whatsoever - i actually thought it kicks in just above the level of Kinabalu but maybe it varies for different people. Just be aware its not a walk in the park as some make it out to be. Its a hard slog for alot of people - but at the same time magnificent if you get good weather for it!

Personally i think the whole climb has been over commercialised recently, i heard the cost to climb it the other day and was shocked at how expensive it has got. Clearly some people making alot of money out of what should be an experience for ALL to enjoy..

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Personally i'm not sure that a 10 year old would "enjoy" the climb, yes some 10 year olds can do it but given the choice at that age i wouldn't. As for the price - i think its very very reasonable, especially when you consider the cost of climbing other mountains in the world of that height. I think its a fabulous experience and well worth the money if you are up for the tough physical challenge.

Port Stephens...
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4. Re: climbing the mountain with child(ren)

thanks nickie, kr & KKM

I will pass this on to j-lee for consideration. i know they don't do a lot of climbing as such, just fitness work. Maybe they can start training on our local 'mountain' (ok it's more of a hill!) has steps too (is also built for tourists) to get them used to the step climb...maybe i should do some training too??

the 10 year old has seen some pics & has said he's keen so it really is his choice (realise pics are different to the real thing) he's adventurous!!

thanks again

always helpful :-)

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