Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata With Mountain Torq

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Adrian No Comments

Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata, Highest in Asia

Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata is the world’s highest and Asia’s first via ferrata located on a world heritage site. Managed by Mountain Torq, it adds an new dimension to climbing Mount Kinabalu.

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According to Mountain Torq, almost anyone can climb a via ferrata. As long as you are between the ages of 10 and 70 years old, and stand at a minimum height of 1.3m. Needlessly to say, you should be reasonbly fit and healthy, are not afraid of heights, and would like to experience the mountain in a whole new way.

You do not need to have any climbing experience to go on this climb. Mountain Torq trainers will be there to give you a full safety briefing and train you on the proper use of safety devices. They will also climb with you, provide tips on negotiating difficult obstacles and point out spectacular sights along the way.

Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata

Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata with Mountain Torq

Prepare For Mount Kinabalu Via Ferrata

Here are some recommendations from the Alpine Guides Association and Mountain Torq:

  • Start preparing at least 2 to 3 months leading up to your trip and do more outdoor cardiovascular exercises.
  • Hiking hills or walking up and down flights of stairs as part of your training regime.
  • Engage in cardiovascular sports at least twice a week, for at least 2 hours per session.

My personal favorite way to prepare is to do a lot of hiking and stair climbing. I also put in gym time for leg exercises and stationary bike workouts. On the stationary bike, set the tension to the highest you can work out at. Work your legs and do lots of cardio. If you work in an office, you will really need to strengthen your leg muscles. Otherwise, you will be walking stiff-legged for a coulple of days when you return to the office.

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