Monday, October 29, 2012

The Climb - Poring Canopy Walkway @ Ranau, Sabah

It was quite a climb from the entrance to the actual canopy walkway. And I did it in my flippers. =)

Place : Poring Canopy Walkway (as the title implies) 
Opening Hours : 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Fee per Person : RM3.00 (local), RM5.00 (non-local) 
RM1.50 (below 18), RM2.50 (Below 18 non local) 

Camera or Hand-phone Camera : RM5.00 
Video : RM30.00 

Special Request out of Opening Hours 
Group of 1 -3 people : RM60.00 
Group of 4 people and above : RM40.00

I went for a Sabah trip with four of my friends last July and the full Itinerary can be read here. We rented a car to cut costs and going to Poring Hot Springs was in our itinerary. This is my first time going here with friends from West Malaysia. My last time here was with family. =)

Two of my friends and I decided to trek up the canopy walkway instead of bathing in hot water.
I didn't know what to expect. I was not wearing suitable hiking shoes and was clad only in cheap flippers, blouse and jeans. I also didn't bring sufficient water supply (big mistake!). All that went through my head was to check out the Canopy Walkway.

Truthfully, despite the numerous times I've been to the nearby hot springs, I have never tried the canopy walk in my whole life! And so, I was driven and determined to try it that day. Boy, did I not realize that the path upwards was no EASY TASK.  #drama
I thought we'll be met with the walkway in a few minutes. Instead we had to CLIMB our way up!
At first we were walking in a fast pace, eager to reach the walkway.

The next ten minutes, we slowed down. The path kept heading upwards and upper away.... to our utter dismay. LOL!

I had that feeling, doubting that this path would ever END!
Huff and puff, we pushed our way upwards. Sandals and flippers and all! With HANDBAGS to boot! Kakaka!

And we met a stroke of relieve! The walkway at last!!!  ~ Half an hour later! Haha!
The weird thing is, the lyrics of Hannah Montana's song "The Climb" kept rewinding in my head through out the whole way. Motivational much?

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

This was a scary moment, being hundred feet above ground level kinda spooked me a bit. Haha!
I'm amazed at how strong these "bridges between trees" are. *mari kita bergoyang...

Life's a climb but the view is great!
I did it!! Flippers and all. Hahaha!

The narrow board-way is what separates me from a great fall below.
The experience sure was WORTH IT! Though next time I should really come prepared with enough water and breathable clothes. I was practically sweating like a pig once we reached the entrance.

I did it! They (kak Masy and kak Zonaku) did it!
We thought there was time to JUMP into a tub of natural hot water but our other two friends were already waiting near the car. HUH! I wonder how long it took us from the entrance to the canopy walk and then back?

I'll surely do this again but perhaps a different Canopy Walk? Danum Valley maybe. =)


Masy said... [Reply]

penat nak meninggal rasanya but it worth it! hahahaha

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@masy... haha. seyes PENAT kan? hahahaha..

zonaku said... [Reply]

worth it!

kita x bebetul ready je ni, kalau x, sebenarnya x la teruk pun trekking ke atas tu ha. aku y terhegeh2 pun amik masa dlm 20-30 min je.

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@zonaku.. hehe. aku agak risau dgn mu tp bagus semangat kamu yg kental tak mahu kalah! hehehehe! syabas betty!

ruggedmom said... [Reply]

sudah 3 kali ke ranau/kundasang tapi belum sampai ke canopy ni lg :(

woiittt! cerita surabaya mu tak complete lagi nih. Mine dah siap tapi seminggu klr 2 sajok