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August 31, 2008

Packing for Malaysia

Filed under: Malaysia, Random thoughts, Roadtrip — Tags: — Matt Stamplis @ 7:33 pm

Tomorrow morning we leave Detroit for a two month stay in Malaysia! We’re both pretty excited and are going over all the last minute packing and adjustments. We weighed our bags on a scale here: we have somewhere around 150 pounds of luggage! So we’ve spent a lot of time repacking to beat the weight limits on check-in luggage. Most of the tricks we use involve bringing as much as a carry-on as possible. Some of the things we’ve thought about:

1) Wear your heaviest clothes and boots on your person. Don’t forget to bring your jacket on the plane.
2) Heavy stuff goes in your carry-on: for us, this means our carry-on is loaded with rock climbing gear which, surprisingly, usually gets little more than a glance from the security folks. The only time we’ve had trouble was trying to take a rope on the plane. They let us bring 20 pounds of aluminum but somehow rope is a security hazard?

Anyway, our first stop in Malaysia will be Borneo and Mount Kinabalu, the high point in the country. We’re planning on staying there for 3 weeks or so before heading over to Peninsular Malaysia to visit with Joanne’s family for a month. It’s likely that our access to the Internet and the rest of the world will be non-existent during our stay at Mount Kinabalu and with no laptop we probably won’t be updating this page until November(!!!). Send us an e-mail, though, we’ll probably get an opportunity to check that!



  1. have lots of fun in malaysia 😀

    Comment by Lil — September 1, 2008 @ 1:18 am

  2. Hei there Matt and Joanne,

    I was browsing the net looking for blogs related to climbing and malaysia in order to publisize my new voluntary website for this new climbing gym in Malaysia, and I saw this post that you are coming for a holiday here. Our climbing community is quite vibrant and it would be nice to hook up for a climb indoor or outdoor if you are interested to join. I can arrange for a group to go. There are several places to climb here and we would be happy to meet new people.

    I am in Kuala Lumpur and we climb mostly at this gym called Camp5 but also climb outdoors in Batu Caves and Ipoh. Lots of other places to go to as well. At the end of September my group and I are heading to south of thailand to Krabi for 5 days of climbing.

    Anyway, do contact me if you wish to hook up with some of us climbers here.

    Comment by zee — September 2, 2008 @ 7:42 am

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