Nathan Wedding of Seven Skies Luxury Travel sent us the following email and (awesome) photos.
“Seven Skies has just completed two of its latest luxury adventures to Borneo, Malaysia and we wanted to let you know what we and the Tom Bihn Side Effects got up to during our travels. As you know, our welcome gift to our clients was the Side Effect (in Indigo), and this great little Tom Bihn bag went with our clients everywhere on both of our 10 day luxury adventures through Borneo.
The Side Effect began things in style, joining us as we island resort hopped by sea kayak exploring the coral-fringed and forested islands of Abdul Rahman Marine Park, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. It was a great few days – sandy island beaches, warm tropical waters, luxury villas, and some of Borneo’s best seafood.
The first big test for the Side Effects was making the summit of South-East Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, and then conquering the world’s highest (and Asia’s only) via ferrata. After climbing to around 3,289m on the first day, we made it to Pendant Hut and our lodging for the night. With Side Effects in tow, we set off at 2am the following morning for the final ascent to make the summit of Mount Kinabalu (4095m), Low’s Peak, for sunrise, and then descended to Sayat Sayat to conquer the world’s highest via ferrata (3776m). So, it what may be a first the Side Effect summited Mount Kinabalu twice in 20 days and conquered the world’s highest via ferrata!
We changed the pace over the next few days, flying to Sandakan to begin our Kinabatangan River wildlife safari. Exploring the river by boat, the Side Effects were perfect companions – used as a waste pack by our clients they were easily accessible for those bits and pieces you need when you’re spotting for and photographing wildlife. The Kinabatangan River lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife areas, delivering us herds of Borneo pygmy elephants, groups of wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, macaque monkeys, seven of the eight species of hornbills, snake species and numerous other bird, animal and plant species.
As Seven Skies’ founder, I often spend weeks away at a time escorting our luxury adventures. During both of Seven Skies recent Borneo luxury adventures, my Tom Bihn mobile office – the Aeronaut, my indispensable Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, and an array of Organizer Pouches and Clear Quarter Packing Cubes – performed perfectly. Thanks again Tom Bihn for looking after us and our clients so well.” — Nathan Wedding
Seven Skies is a luxury adventure travel company that specialises in exclusive small-group adventure travel in some of the world’s most exotic and culturally diverse locations such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Sri Lanka and remote South West Tasmania, Australia. Their trips combine exhilarating adventure activities – sea kayaking, cycling, mountain climbing, gentle trekking, and river and jungle safaris – with luxury accommodation, delicious cuisine, and personalised service.