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Climbing Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata

General Questions

What is a via ferrata?
A via ferrata (or 'iron road' in Italian) is a protected mountain path consisting of a series of rungs, rails and cables embracing the rock face. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically available only to rock climbers and mountaineers. The exhilaration, breathtaking scenery and sense of personal conquest you experience on a via ferrata are guaranteed to give you something to smile about for a long time.  

Is via ferrata the same as rock climbing?
No, via ferrata is not the same as rock climbing. Although they both occur in the same area and the same environment, via ferrata climbing is easier than rock climbing and do not require you to have any previous experience.

What is Mountain Torq?
Mountain Torq is the world's highest and Asia's first via ferrata that starts at 3,200 m and ends off at 3,800 m above sea level at Mt Kinabalu in Sabah. Mountain Torq enables climbers and non - climbers to experience the thrill of mountain climbing while taking in the spectacular surroundings.

Who can climb Mountain Torq?
Climbers and non-climbers aged between 10 and 70 who are fit and healthy, not afraid of heights and want to experience the mountain in a whole new way. Oh and by the way, you also have to be at least 1.3 m tall.

Do I need any climbing experience?
Absolutely not! If you can climb a ladder, you can climb Mountain Torq.

Is there someone to guide me?
Yes, you and your group will be assigned an activities trainer. Our friendly trainer is there to give you a full safety briefing and training on how to use the safety devices. They are also there to climb with you, provide tips on how to negotiate the more difficult obstacles, as well as highlight some of the spectacular sights along the way.

Can I go without a guide?
Sorry, but No due to safety and Sabah Park regulations, mountain guides and or activity trainers are required to accompany you at all times.

What time do I start my via ferrata activity?
Our start time is between 5:30 am to 7:30 am.

What other activities are there beside via ferrata?
You can enjoy a whole host of other outdoor activities that Mountain Torq offers such as sports climbing, alpine rock climbing, rappelling and basic mountain experience.

Where do I meet my Mr Torq trainer for the activities?
We will meet you at Pendant Hut on the first day and we will advise you on the actual meeting point for your chosen activity during your briefing session in the afternoon of your arrival.

Do any of your services include taking me up on the via ferrata before the break of dawn?
We do not bring clients up on the via ferrata before day break due to safety concerns.

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MAKING PLANS TO GO

How much time should I spend on Mt Kinabalu?
We recommend a minimum of 3 days 2 nights to fully enjoy what Mt Kinabalu has to offer. Be sure not to miss out on these activities:

Highly recommended:

  • Mountain Torq, the world's highest and Asia;s first via ferrata
  • Round trip to Low's Peak via Mountain Torq
  • Worth an additional few days' extension:
  • Sports climbing
  • Rappelling (Abseiling) at Mt Kinabalu plateau Basic mountain experience

What do I need to bring:
Mountain Torq will provide all technical safety equipment required for its activities. As for personal items, here's a checklist of what you will normally bring for mountain hiking:

  • Raincoat or waterproof jacket
  • Warm clothing like flece jacket, hiking pants
  • Change of clothes (you may not want to sleep in what you sweat in!)
  • Cap / beanie / head scarf (helps prevent heat loss, especially at night, so you can have a more cosy night's rest)
  • Gloves
  • A small / lightweight towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Torchlight (preferably a head torch)
  • Your camera!
  • Comfortable covered trail/hiking shoes
  • Energy snacks e.g. chocolate, nut, biscuits, sweets, energy bars
  • Sun protection - Sunglass, sun screen lotion, SPF lip balm (beware of the strong UV rays)
  • A small backpack to hold your things
  • A rain cover for your backpack
  • And of course, AN ADVENTEROUS SPIRIT!

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GETTING THERE

Where is Mountain Torq located?
Mountain Torq is located above 3,200 m on Mt Kinabalu's Panar Laban rock face. To get there, it is a 4 - 7 hours hike from Mt Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Once you reach the Laban Rata rock slab, which houses a group of mountain lodges including our own huts, a short 15 to 20 min walk will lead you to start of the via ferrata. 

 

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OTHER QUESTIONS

Can I bring my own camera?
Yes you may, but you’ll have to keep your camera inside a backpack runs the risk of dropping onto and injuring fellow climbers below. We will advise you on areas where it is safe for you to bring out your camera to take photos. We also suggest that your camera is fixed to a safety sling or cord at all times.

What does the via ferrata activity package include?

  • Free rental of all safety devices: harness, lanyard, helmet
  • Via ferrata familiarization for all participants
  • Guiding services of our activities trainers

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SOME TRIP PREPARATIION NOTES

What do I need to do to prepare for my MOUNTAIN TORQ / Mt Kinabalu adventure?
You will be climbing a major mountain and you are strongly advised to be in a physically fit condition. Here are some suggestions from the Alpine Guides Association:

"The best preparatiion for mountain sports always involve good amounts of cardiovascular exercise outdoors (running, cycling, mountain biking etc) and getting out for long days in the hills whenever possible.

If you do the amounts of regular weekly cardiovascular exercise indicated on the fitness level of your course during the 2-3 months leading up to your trip, then you should be reasonably well prepared. Don't forget to read the trip descriptions / itinerary carefully to find out what else is involved too, so you can tailor your preparation accordingly."

MOUNTAIN TORQ recommends all customers to participate in cardiovascular sports at least 2 sessions a week, with eack session being a minimum of 2 hours in duration. The exercise programme should commence at least 2 months before you start your Mt Kinabalu adventure.

To check out how mountain fit you are, go to http://www.alpine-guides.com/fitness.htm for further details.

Where is Pendant Hut?
Pendant hut is located at 3,270m / 11,000 feet on the Laban Rata rock face. When you arrive at the Laban Rata rest house, you will see Pendant hut on your right hand side perched above a rock path.

Where do I meet my Mr Torq trainer for my via ferrata briefing when I arrive at Laban Rata level?
Your trainer will be waiting for you at Pendent Hut between 3pm and 4pmfor your briefing. During your briefing, he will

  • Familiarise you with the via ferrata equipment
  • Conduct an initial via ferrata practice around
  • Inform you on the actual meeting point for your chosen activity and
  • Remind you of the cut off meeting time for your activity (6:30 am - The Preamble, 7 am - Low's Peak Circuit, 7:30 am - Walk the Torq)

Must I attend the briefing?
Quite simply, YES, you  have to attend the briefing.