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Nature • Conservation • Travel  Destination Expert @stickyricetravel Ambassador @fstopgear / @forsakeco 📍Malaysian Borneo Latest blog on Mt. Kinabalu climb 👇🏼

Resting for a fleeting moment, this vibrant male Bornean flowerpecker (Dicaeum monticolum) was busy eating berries nearby the camp at Sayap substation, along the boundary of Kinabalu National Park. ⠀

The substation sits at around 900m above sea level where you get a nice overlap of both lowland and montane species. The bird life is teeming and the hiking is pleasant through the mossy upland forests, this beauty is just one of many endemics here. ⠀

Thanks again @charles808 for lending us your killer 400mm zoom! #wildtropics
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The climbing trail throughout the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park provides many vantage points that offer incredible views of the surrounding landscape. From the stunted vegetation at these higher altitudes all the way down to the towering lowland rainforests.

@charles808 featuring his @fstopgear Ajna backpack. #fstopcommunity
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The sunsets in Sabah are known to put on a decent display most days but experiencing one span across this vast landscape from Laban Rata (3600m asl.) on Mount Kinabalu, was truly something else. #travelstoke
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A daunting view of the steep climb before entering the summit plateau of Mount Kinabalu, an exposed terrain of wind-swept rock-faces where only crevices and hollows offer some respite to plants. Kinabalu National Park is recognised as a major centre for plant diversity with more than 5,000 species recorded to date. Dwarf upper montane forest intermixed with subalpine scrub develops on the formidable and steep sides of the Kinabalu massif.
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You really find out what gear works when you travel a lot - and even more so when it's throughout demanding environments! Check out mine and @thenickheard's latest blog contribution for @fstopgear - ‘Tropical Peak: Putting the gear to the test on Mount Kinabalu’, which showcases our along with @charles808 photography from the climb and how we put our gear through its paces on the 4000m+ peak of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.
Thanks again to @stickyricetravel for making it happen and the awesome company who joined us!

Gear insight and full story: [LINK IN BIO].
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The last steep decline ahead before returning back to Laban Rata of which you can see towards the right tucked behind this large rocky outcrop. The surrounding hinterland and lower foothills scattered with villages spanning all the way south to the second highest peak in Borneo - Mount Trus Madi.
Sabah | Malaysian Borneo, 2018
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@charles808 in his vibrant overalls contemplating the next step along the edge of Low's Gully on Mount Kinabalu. During the first light of sunrise from the summit offers an abundance of serene photographic opportunities of this high altitudinal substrate.

Sabah | Malaysian Borneo, 2018
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... and to the west, a moon-like granite plateau and the protruding rocky peaks of Mount Kinabalu during sunrise cast a shadow as far as the eye can see. Stumbling back on my wearing knees my mind was baffled by the ancient geological formations of this foreign landscape and astounded that the natural world can produce such incredible wonder!

Sabah | Malaysian Borneo, 2018
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This incredible view of the first light shimmering through the jagged peaks of UNESCO World Heritage listed Mount Kinabalu was all too worth the gruelling early morning rock scramble to the summit. After living in Borneo for over two years I was finally able to stand at 4,095m above sea level from Low's Peak and overlook the dramatic 1,800m drop down into Low's Gully. A phenomenal experience with great company all made possible by @stickyricetravel.
Sabah | Malaysian Borneo, 2018
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Due to the wide range of altitude, from ~500-4098m, Kinabalu National Park has four main vegetation zones. From the humid tropical lowland and hill rainforest dominated by towering dipterocarps, through lower and upper montane cloud forests scattered with moss, nepenthes, and epiphytes, and sub-alpine vegetation lined by stunted trees and scrub. The diversity of this UNESCO World Heritage site has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and is exceptionally rich in species with examples of flora from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, as well as the pan-tropics. #wildtropics

Outside of the main tourist track to climb the iconic Mount Kinabalu there is an extensive network of lower trails throughout this UNESCO World Heritage site. Mount Kinabalu National Park holds around half of Borneo’s plant species in an wide range of habitats, a biodiversity hotspot teeming with endemism, and the uniquely jagged peaks of #MountKinabalu - the highest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea with many majestic angles to photograph. 🌌 #exploretocreate

A crispy aerial view of Fitzsimmons Creek that separates Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, fringed by a white blanketed temperate rainforest in British Columbia 🍁 | Canada #earthcapture #aerialphotography #exploreBC

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