The lure of MOUNT SANTUBONG
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Hate to be a spoil-sport, but to be perfectly honest with you, beside Mt Santubong, I did not see any other mountain near it.
It may be only 840m (2, 658 ft) high but Santubong is no child's play, people! It's a solid 3 hours up and 3 hours down, minimum. It took me, FR & Yong close to 8 hrs to complete the climb (inclusive of rest-stops and photo-session breaks). We started from the south end, not the one from the Damai Beach Resort. The south route, people say, is harder and takes a longer time
The first leg is a gentle slope upwards on even ground,which was fairly easy. And then, Bam! we came face to face with a 10 foot vertical wall with a rope ladder hanging down it. And there's another one after that. And another one further up! I counted at least eight in total, each one in varying heights and difficulty; the highest was close to 50 feet. The ladders are of course not like the normal household ones. The gap between each rung is a lot wider and some are strung up in an awkward angle, making the climb more arduous. So be prepared for some beating, folks!
Difficult as it was, I enjoyed every second of it. We started out about eight and came back down around 4 pm. The mountain is relatively 'clean' from undergrowth unlike most mountains in Malaysia, it's shaded all the way, and best of all, no mosquitoes! We had gorgeous weather throughout that day. Great outing!
From Kuching, take a cab (RM60). The journey takes about 40 minutes. Nice scenery en route. Achtung! Before you let the cabbie go, arrange with him to come back for a pick-up afterwards as there isn't any access to public transport nearby.
Note: the Damai Beach Resort entry point is 5km from the south trail.