Yogyakarta & Mount Merapi - Day 183
Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
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Tonight I climb Indonesia's most volatile volcano, and the sixth most active in the world, Gunung Merapi ("Giving Fire"). The Javanese worship this 2914 metre high volcano which sits bang in the centre of rugid Java. The locals see the volcano as a life-giver due to the fertile land which surrounds it. This "life-giving" volcano also has the ability to take lives too, thousands of people over the last century have been killed by massive eruptions and lava-flows which have annihilated some of the surrounding villages.
I leave Yogyakarta at 10pm tonight to start the climb to the summit for sunrise. I'm trying to do as many mountain treks as possible before I leave Indonesia. Australia is not renowned for it's big peaks, the biggest on the continent is Kosciusko just south of Canberra at a little over 2000 metres. I'll be climbing it of course, but it's suppose to be a walk in the park, there's even a cable car most of the way up. Trying to get my mountain fix in now because the next real opportunity will be New Zealand in November. I'm sure New Zealand will be completely awesome but it seems a long, long way away. In reality though, it's only a little over two months from now before I fly to the north island from Sydney.
I've had a pretty uneventful day today, surfed the internet for a couple of hours, walked around town, bought some small souvenirs and had an afternoon nap in preparation for tonight.