mt. kinabalu (leg 4): conquering pain

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  ~Lance Armstrong

 As I approached Panar Laban, my feet gave in and I fell a few steps before I reached the door.I did not resist the fall. I sat down for minutes thinking it was a well deserved rest. Finally, I picked myself up and dragged my painful body inside the hut to sleep. 45 minutes later, Ron arrived and we started to prepare ourselves for the final showdown: the trip back home…


We hurried to the restaurant to eat our breakfast and started our descent. As was expected, I went on ahead and left Ron to the mercy of the mountains. After going past the 2 kilometer mark, I felt the burning pain on my feet. My muscles started to shake and my hands were blistered as I used a cane to support my weight as I go down. My ipod died on me and I had to hum ACDC songs to pick up my speed.



As I walked down, I met people asking me how the sight was. I told them about the place where we stopped and it was magnificent. I’m sure the sight on the summit was a hundred times more fabulous. I saw excitement on their eyes, much like our excitement the day before. And try as I may to complain about the pain I felt, I did not utter anything that would dampen their spirits. I was ashamed for even thinking of exhaustion when I see porters climb up with their heavy load.


The people I walked with were my distraction. We were talking non-stop even as we drink our fill on pit stops. I even saw a Japanese guy strumming a guitar as he climbed. We even got to sing a few songs before parting ways. I felt the pain leave my body as I met brave souls trying to conquer nature.

Finally, I saw the gate from where we started. I had to stop every few steps to rest. As I cross the threshold, I was almost close to tears. I made it out of Kinabalu alive.

Somewhere between the climb up, I thought of quitting. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t. There was something about this crazy idea of mountain climbing that made me something else, maybe even something more…

I have conquered my metaphor of fear, I no longer fear pain…



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  • Palito

    June 16, 2010 at 3:17 am

    my cousin just got back from mount kinabalu, and she told me that this mountain is really worth every sweat and thirst, and body pain she endured.

    the first photo in this entry is stunning.

  • flip'n travels

    June 16, 2010 at 9:53 am


    i agree with your cousin.. ALL WORTH IT! but seriously painful for someone like hahaha
    thanks. i took that photo on a cliff. one of my several dare devil act during the climb.

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  • ann

    September 10, 2010 at 3:16 am

    hi ms. monette! this is ann, your trainee (“,). yey! found your site.

    wow! your whole kinabalu series is awesome.

    I’m glad to see your travel buddies below. I know some of them, Sir Az, en route and Chyng. They are my friends, too.


  • flip'n travels

    September 20, 2010 at 4:43 am

    heya ann! thanks for dropping by the site. medyo nilulumot since ron and i are busy. but we’ll be posting new travels soon. astig ang mga backpackers! Ü

  • mervz |

    March 15, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I really love the whole Mt. Kinabalu series… at least i have more idea na ako on what to expect… thanks for sharing guys! sana magawa ko din… wish me luck! hehehe! ^_^

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