toaday we went from 3273m to Lows peak,4095m,then back down to timpohon gate at 1866m.it is 2.7km up to summit,8.7km back down,total=11.4 km.It was hard,but doable,and very worthwhile.I was glad we had done so much walking since we left raffles gym ,where my fitness program started when kerry said she had booked climb!juro told us that of 100/150 made summit today.
up at 2am.down to laban rata for breakfast and coffee.about 3am departed our lodge.wering thermal top and bottom,and pants,as initially felt hot going up.gradually put more clothes on.after one hour we reached sayar-sayar hut,3668m,where were checked in.by halfway we were on exposed granite,with chilly wind,so now wearing all layers-plus shirt polar jacket,wind jacket,beanie and gloves.we now followed thick ropes in the dark,using them to pull us up steeper parts.otherwise our walking poles were invaluable.ahead and behind,a long procession of headtorches,going steadily up.
Juro said go steadily so not arrive before sunset as too cold .he was right.we made the summit on sunrise,fabulous view and atmosphere,but very cold,so after 10-15 minutes,started our descent.we could now see what was in the dark on the way up.fabulous scenary.great slabs of granite making huge slopes,with sharp angular surrounding peaks.followed ropes backdown,getting checked off,then a grat view of basecamp huts,and villages beyond in distance.
|cold going up|
|below summit with juro,our guide|
|sunrise from summit,from low's peak,looking over lows gully|
|kerry and sophie descending,just below summit|
|basecamp below kerry|
|looking back up to summit|