Sunday, February 23

Via ferrata on Mt Kinabalu reopens

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KOTA KINABALU: After seven months of closure due to the earthquake which hit Mount Kinabalu on June 5 last year, Mountain Torq Sdn Bhd is reopening the award-winning world’s highest via ferrata on Mount Kinabalu to climbers.

Mountain Torq also announced the introduction of the Aeroligne System, which is a continuous belay system that allows the climber to be in continuous connection to the safety cable.

Developed in France, the system is first of its kind in Asia.

Mountain Torq director Wilfred Tok said the company was busy improving and upgrading its safety procedures, equipment and via ferrata for the past few months.

“Apart from redesigning our via ferrata route to a much safer location, we have also worked together with Sabah Parks to incorporate safety procedures and increase communication protocol,” he said at the relaunch ceremony officiated by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun here yesterday.

He said the Aeroligne System was a continuous belay system which would increase customer’s safety and confidence on the via ferrate while creating a smoother and more seamless experience for the climbers.

“The system is installed on the Low’s Peak Circuit via ferrata route which holds the record of being the world’s highest via ferrata certified by the Guinness Book of Records since 2009.”

The Aeroligne System was launched in France in 2014, and has attained the European CE certification and Certificate of Conformity from two independent inspection and testing organizations in France.

Mountain Torq is Southeast Asia’s first mountaineering training centre and premier mountaineering company based on Mount Kinabalu, Sabah.

The company operates two via ferrata routes. For the seasoned climber, the company offers its Low’s Peak Circuit whereby climbers with above average fitness levels climb to the highest point of Mount Kinabalu called the Low’s Peak located 4,095 metres above sea level.

On their descent, they will take the via ferrata detour starting from 3,776 metres above sea level in order to see stunning views and explore hidden corners of the mountain plateau.

The other via ferrata route, known as Walk The Torq, has been designed for novice climbers and family groups with members aged 10 years and above. This route takes climbers on Mount Kinabalu’s via ferrata at 3,521 metres above sea level with opportunities along the way for sightseeing and photo-taking.