Blind men conquer Mt Kinabalu

Malaysia Day mission: Group adviser Untam Buah (left) and Isak showing their patriotism prior to the Mount Kinabalu climb.

KOTA KINABALU - Five visually impaired Sarawakians have beaten the odds to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu after a trek made more arduous by bad weather.

Group leader Isak Ngau said the trails were slippery due to the rain and it made the going really tough.

"Four other members were injured after they slipped and could not make the final stretch up the 4,095m Lows Peak," he said yesterday.

He was speaking to The Star by telephone from a rest hut where the nine-member group was making the descent.

It was a bittersweet victory but Isak, 37, said the group was elated and thankful that some of them made it to the summit despite the challenges.

The group started the trek from Timpohon Gate at the base of the mountain on Tuesday.

This was Isak's second Mount Kinabalu climb. His first was 16 years ago.

An instructor at a training centre for the visually impaired in Kuala Lumpur, he said the climb on Malaysia Day was to show that the disabled could achieve their goals.