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[Doctors talk freely.Between the ears]Encounter after 30 years

[Doctors talk freely.Between the ears]Encounter after 30 years

At 5 o’clock in the morning on July 18, I finally set foot on the top of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah again. Looking at the sunrise landscape of a sea of ​​clouds, all the exhaustion from mountaineering disappeared in an instant!

This is my second time climbing to the top of Mount Kinabalu. The first time I climbed Mount Kinabalu was in 1992, when I was a medical student in medical school. Taking advantage of the semester vacation, I went to hospitals in Sabah and Sarawak, East Malaysia, for internships with several medical school classmates. We also took this opportunity to travel around East Malaysia.

Of course, we did not miss the opportunity to climb Mount Kinabalu. The excitement of successfully reaching the summit is still in my mind, so I have been wanting to climb Mount Kinabalu again for many years to relive the joy of that year. However, this matter was repeatedly postponed due to busy and heavy work. It took 31 years for this delay to realize the dream. Think about it, how many 30 years will there be in life? So, this time I made a big determination to realize this dream.

The second reason is that I want to take my youngest son to climb Mount Kinabalu before he goes abroad for further studies. We climbed Mount Fuji in Japan together in 2019, and left a good memory of parent-child time, so I hope to create more beautiful moments of reunion with him, after all, the days to be with him are getting less and less .

Take an early rest to nourish your spirit

Our first day of climbing was from Kinabalu National Park. The weather was good that day. There was only a drizzle in the morning and then it cleared up all day. We reached the 3273-meter-high Laban Rata in the middle of the mountain with about 4 hours of climbing time.

After a rich dinner at 6:00 in the evening, watch the charming sunset in the rest pavilion. At 8 o’clock in the evening, the Banshan Inn where we stayed completely turned off the lights, and all the climbers went to bed and went to bed in a well-behaved manner, because everyone had to recharge their energy for the impact of the summit.

At about 2:30 in the morning of the next day, we started the road to the summit. The air on the mountain became thinner and thinner, and the stone path up the mountain became more and more steep and steep. Unfortunately, we encountered a bad weather change. When we arrived at Sayat Sayat, the last mountain checkpoint, the sky suddenly began to rain heavily. All climbers had to stop and stay at the checkpoint tremblingly waiting for the rain to stop. We were told that if the storm continued to rage, the dream of reaching the summit might be ruined!

30 years still stand proudly domineering

Not being able to reach the summit will definitely be a great regret on this trip. Fortunately, the heavy rain gradually weakened after tossing us for about 20 minutes; I gritted my teeth and walked towards the top of the mountain step by step. The last 1 kilometer of climbing seemed to be an endless road.

With perseverance and determination and exhausting my physical strength, I finally managed to hug Mount Kinabalu again! I was very excited to see that Mount Kinabalu was still standing majestically in front of my eyes. What remains the same after 30 years is that it still stands proudly and domineeringly. What has changed is that I am no longer young. I cherish this meeting again because I know that there will be no more dates in 30 years!

When going down the mountain, I shared with my son who will travel alone the feeling of climbing:

Life is like climbing a mountain. You must focus on your goals, prepare to experience countless hardships and challenges, and face and overcome many factors that cannot be budgeted. In the end, you must uphold the belief of doing your best and obeying the destiny. Because it’s up to people to plan, but it’s up to God to make things happen! Whether or not we can finally reach the top after trying our best is secondary. There will always be some unsatisfactory regrets in life!

(Guangming Daily/Doctor Column‧Author: Wu Rongliang)

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