Margo Utomo Agro Resort & Cottages
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... face for 1km. To say this trek was difficult would be an understatement - it was extremely exhausting, partly dangerous and physically challenging, which combined with the lack of sleep really tested our minds and bodies. The mountain face was very steep and there was no pathway, hence at times we were only one foot away from the edge - very scary indeed. Additionally, the trek was conducted at night so we were realiant upon my ...
... over- we decided to go down into the crater to see the blue fire up-close. This time I decided that my 'great' hiking boots and loose lava stones are bit much and screem 'twisted ankle' so decided to follow a miner down the crater- who if not him knows the best route? He was literally waking me down making sure every few steps that everything is ok. This walk is fairly steep- up to 60 degrees radiant so you can imagine walking it at night. Way down takes about ...
... carry 80kg at a time up the crater and down the volcano, selling it for under 5p per kg. How they deal with the fumes I dunno, its a really **** job. Anyway after enough time there and enough lung burning sensation at the blue lights we climbed back up the crater edge to view sunrise. We sat in totally the wrong place as no one told us where to go and suddenly realised everyone was at another part of the crater lip above us. Rather than walk all the way around on the path ...
... the guy on the gate decided that any money in his pocket was better than none, so we got away with half rate (maybe "pre-dawn robbery" is better than "daylight robbery"...).
After less than an hour's walk we sat down on a hillock-like dune to watch the sunrise. Once the sun had appeared above the hillside behind us, we resumed our walk to the foot of Mount Bromo. This proved fairly ************* the loose, sandy ground, and we needed a few drink stops before ...
... crystals down to the mountain base again. Ijen and its sulfur mining have been featured on the BBC documentary Human Planet.
Once we reached the crater we had to make our way down to the mine in order to see the blue fire up close. I had to be really careful because the descent is dangerous as it's very dark, and you have to just rely on your light. Accidents are common here, and ...