KOTA KINABALU, June 23, 2015:
Tremors in Sabah have halted the on-going work on Mount Kinabalu’s new trail after the existing one was badly damaged following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake three weeks ago.
“All involved in the work have been called back following the tremors for safety reasons,” Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said in a statement today.
He said work on the new trail was carried out by Sabah Parks staff with the assistance of mountain guides after assessments on the safety of the new routes were completed.
In a Facebook post, Jamili said the Kinabalu Restoration Technical Committee, which included himself, planned to spend a night in Laban Rata on Friday.
Laban Rata is the halfway station where climbers would normally spend a night before scaling the summit at 2am.
Many have expressed their wish to scale Mount Kinabalu, which has been temporarily closed to climbers due to the June 5 earthquake which claimed the lives of 14 climbers and four mountain guides.
Netizen Caroline Majanil commented on Jamili’s posting, delighted with the immediate response.
“Can’t wait to try the new trail!! Will keep on training!!”
Edward Chua said he was looking forward to October, when some had predicted the park would re-open.
Earlier today Ranau, the epicentre of the June 5 quake, was struck by two tremors measuring 3.5 and 4.2 on the Richter scale at 10:54am and 5:33pm respectively.
The second tremor was felt by those living in the capital.