Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Photographer's quest to climb Mt Kinabalu 111 times

KOTA KINABALU: A news photographer is embarking on a record-setting trek to reach the peak of Mount Kinabalu 111 times within 111 days to promote the 1Malaysia concept.

Mohd Noor Mat Amin of Utusan Malaysia began his hike up the mountain at precisely 10am yesterday after being seen off by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Also on hand at the Kinabalu Park’s Timpohon Gate was Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Kamaruzaman Ampon.

For 1Malaysia: Mohd Noor (right) receiving the Jalur Gemilang from Saifuddin (third from left) before starting his attempt to set a record on climbing Mt Kinabalu 111 times at the Kinabalu Park Thursday.

“I’m so thankful I have been given this opportunity to realise my dream,” said the 42-year-old Mohd Noor who has also climbed up the Kuala Lumpur Tower 111 times.

Mohd Noor said he intended to stick to his schedule of reaching the mountain’s highest point at Low’s Peak located at an altitude of 4,095m by 4pm and immediately turn around and reach Timpohon Gate four hours later.

“Even if it rains, I will try to maintain my pace,” said Mohd Noor.

Later in the evening, it is learnt that he had succeeded in doing so.

Mohd Noor will be trekking up the mountain once a day until April 20 and again from May 1 to 7 with a hope of getting into the Guinness World Records after that.

His project called 1Climb, 1Mountain, 1Malaysia was jointly organised by UMS and the Kota Recreation Club with the cooperation of the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Higher Education Ministry, the state Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry as well as KL Tower. - The Star 1 Jan 2010