Safety on the Mountain
We take your security and safety very seriously at Adventure Alternative, below is the emergency procedure on Kinabalu in the event of an accident or the need for a descent.
In the event of a rescue or an emergency, the guides will manage the situation on the ground along with any required external rescue teams. All parties will then co-ordinate a rescue involving an assisted descent down the mountain. Serious accidents may involve the use of a stretcher but descents are generally quick and easily organised.
Our staff will then take the injured party to either a clinic, hotel or the hospital. Our staff will also call the UK office and together we will ensure that the next of kin is notified and ensure that the insurance company is contacted as soon as possible, so that a case number can be applied and the situation monitored by their Emergency Assistance Team.
We carry a fully stocked mountain first aid kit on every trip up the mountain, you should bring your own selection of commonly used items like headache tablets. Inside the first aid kit is a comprehensive booklet on how to deal with most situations.
Knowing when to go down and relying on the guides
Some people may not acclimatise well to altitude and for them it is simply not worth continuing if it is likely to be injurious to your health. “The mountain is always there” may be a cliché, but it is true though saying that our acclimatisation program has proved very successful on the mountain and few people have had to go down purely due to altitude. If you did have to go down then the Guides will assist you all the time. If you are clearly sick and unable to make your own judgement then they will take you down and you will be in good hands.
The Guides themselves have climbed in the high mountains so many times that they are adept at recognising the point at which somebody is clearly not going to summit.
Our personal advice is to listen to your body. If it gets too hard and you are obviously very slow and finding it hard going, and perhaps getting frightened, then don’t risk your health and turn the trip into an awful memory. Better to go down and accept it gracefully.
Conversely, do not be tempted to go faster than is planned for you, just because you are feeling fine.