Category Archives: Mount Kinabalu

82th Climb of Mount Kinabalu with IIUM Kuantan

Senyum senyum! A fantastic climb with 28 pax from IIUM, Kuantan. All of them reached the peak!

Congratulations! 🙂 Photo: Entrance to Kinabalu Park – World Heritage Site.

A lucky day, we met Tengku Zainal Adlin, 76 years old; he is the Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board, Chairman of Sabah Parks and ex-Chairman of Sabah Society.  My salute to him, as he has made many contributions to scientific publications and conservation activities in Sabah!

Each time , the view is different and grand, but Mount Kinabalu remains faithful as ever.

Eusideroxylon zwageri – Belian Wood or Borneo Ironwood

These Belian wood, Kayu Belian or Borneo Iron-wood (Eusideroxylon zwageri) will be used to contruct new wood staircases for any slippery or muddy parts along the Mesilau trail. Thumbs up for all the Kinabalu Park porters who use all their strength to carry these special kind of wood planks into the construction sites yet with only minimum wages. And climbers will certainly appreciate the Kinabalu Park management who care about the safety of all climbers by building the staircases….

Kayu Belian or Borneo Ironwood being used for construction of staircase at Mesilau Trail, Kinabalu Park, Mount Kinabalu, Sabah.

For your information, Belian Wood has been studied for quite some time now is and listed in IUCN Red List as a Vulnerable (VU). I really do hope that logging of such wood should be done sustainably and further research should be done into its cultivation & conservation…

Eusideroxylon zwageri at Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur.

Photo Source: Wikipedia


Books on Plants of Mount Kinabalu

My 65th Climb:- Just guided a happy family of 4 Canadians on 11-13th August. Craig and Pamela Eveleigh came to Sabah with their two sons for Mount Kinabalu climbing. Pamela is an expert of Primula plants from Canada – she has an informative website at

Great climbing experience with a plant expert! Other than Primulas, she loves Rhododendrons, Pitcher plants, Wild Orchids very much! We all kept looking for unique plants along the trail to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. Took many photos on flowers, leaf arrangement, leaf shape, seed, leaf vein or morphology of plants that will help in plant identification or classification.

A meaningful phrase from Pam which I could remember: “Knowing a new species of plant name is like knowing a new friend’s name, and we will always remember and come back to say hi to the plant and wish to know more about it…”  I found that it is very true and I have always wanted to know more about the plants of Mount Kinabalu.

She asked me a lot of questions about the plants along the trail, and I told her whatever I knew. But, there were still many plants that are new to me, and I felt bad that I wasn’t able to answer all her questions regarding the plants along the trail.

14th August was my off day, and I decided to pay a visit the Natural History Publication at Wisma Merdeka. Pam’s passion on Primulas really motivated me to know more about the plants at Mount Kinabalu. Finally, I spent about RM2000.00 to buy all the books alone about Mount Kinabalu plants.



The most expensive books are THE ORCHIDS OF MOUNT KINABALU 1 & 2. Both books cost me about RM750.00, and others are about RM150-RM280 each. But, I am very happy and feel great with all these scientific information and great images I could get from these books. Probably I could spend most of my rest days reading these books for months!

1. The Plants of Mount Kinabalu 2: Orchids
2. The Plants of Mount Kinabalu 3: Gymnosperms and Non-orchid Monocotyledons
3. The Plants of Mount Kinabalu 4: Dicotyledon Families Acanthaceae to Lythraceae
4. The Plants of Mount Kinabalu 5: Dicotyledon Families Magnoliaceae to Winteraceae
5. The Rhododendrons of Sabah
6. Nepenthes of Borneo
7. Fern of Mount Kinabalu
8. The Orchid of Mount Kinabalu – 1
9. The Orchid of Mount kinabalu – 2

I wish I can try to update more about plants information on my website for free and benefit all the climbers from all over the world! But now, my aim is to get a good Macro lens to get some nice photos of these plants… Tamron SP 90 or Nikkor 105mm VR?

The Majestic Beauty of Mount Kinabalu – Photography by Li Erjin

Digi Yellow-man, “i will follow you”?


Bersih-man? Yellow Bee-man?


No… I am Jackz Lee, the one who loves to wear a yellow cap, wind-breaker, stockings… almost every time I climb Mount Kinabalu… hahahhaha!

When the photographer was taking this unique photo, I was probably thinking of my dream, that is to climb Mount Kinabalu 500 times! And that was just my 57th climb with C.J. Tan and friends.
All photographs were taken by Li Erjin on 20th June 2012.

The Upside Down House of Borneo at Kampung Telibong, Tamparuli, Sabah

Guess what… A lovely house in Sabah is facing the other way up or downside up! The Upside Down House of Borneo (or Rumah Terbalik) is located at Telibong, Sabah near to Tamparuli. It started operating on 1st February 2012 and had attracted many local visitors and tourists everyday who visit Kinabalu Park, and those that are coming to Kota Kinabalu from Sandakan or Tawau as it just along the road… Thumbs up for this new and interesting attraction in Sabah!

Do you know how to enter an upside down house?

The entrance fee as of this moment is RM10 for Malaysian and RM18 for non-Malaysian.

How To Carry 450 Eggs Up Mount Kinabalu?

I wish to share an interesting activity along the climbing tracks of Mount Kinabalu… Some people can actually carry hundreds of eggs up this tall mountain! Haha… but you’ll want to learn from our experts, the great porters of Mt Kinabalu…

Porters of Mount Kinabalu do this by skillfully tying the stacked up egg trays together and then hang them over their backs!

And they actually carry 450 eggs or 15 trays at once! If you’re lucky, you can see them climbing from Timpohon to Laban Rata, which is a total of 6km!

Now thanks to our Mt Kinabalu porters, all climbers can have fresh eggs during breakfast, lunch or dinner at Laban Rata resthouse!

Be an Egg Porter - one of the best jobs in the world!