Climbing Rinjani

Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 11, 2011

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A tent up a sodding volcano - so cold

Flag of Indonesia  , Nusa Tenggara Barat,
Monday, August 30, 2010


So how do you follow two weeks of beach based paradise? By booking a three day hike up a 3,726m volcano of course! One word; hardcore. Although not as hardcore as the porters balancing our camping equipment in just shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. Climbing Gunung Rinjani was the most physically demanding thing I've ever done. And for about thirty minutes (roughly around the time of scrambling up loose gravel to the steep summit in freezing cold weather whilst desperately trying to beat sunrise) it became pretty mentally challenging too.  But we did it. And it might just be one of the best things we’ve done so far.


Another organised activity is another opportunity to get to know new people! There were 6 of us that set out to do Rinjani; Me and Paul, the Swiss Birds and the Chuckle Brothers.   The girls were great and Annie turned out to be a really good walker and a challenge to keep up with, the brothers not so.  Although the elder brother, 24, seemed to have an opinion about everything and knew better than most, his knowledge fell short when choosing the appropriate equipment to take walking.  They both turned up in jeans and trainers, fashion trainers at that.  Having already annoyed me on a number of occasions by giving me advice on such topics as the length of term of my tenancy agreement, you can imagine my delight when they emerged from their tent at 2.30am on the second morning violently shivering.  They made it for about 20 minutes of the climb to the summit before turning back because they just couldn’t make any progress in the shingle.  Shame.

So anyway, although we were prepared in terms of our equipment we had underestimated the difficulty of the task.  It went something like this:  Day one walking time 5 hours and we climbed up 1400 meters (4500 feet); Day 2 walking time 12 hours, starting at 3am, climbing 1376 meters (4500 feet) and descending 2326 meters (7500 feet); Day 3 walking time 3 hours descending 1350 meters (4500 feet).  Before you start questioning my maths, the start point was higher than the finish!  It was really challenging but well worth it.  And as you will see from the photos it was pretty spectacular.

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Nikki Symons on

This brings back memories! We climbed Rinjani in 2006 and is where Lee proposed...ah! We all, Jade included, managed to run down the mountain on day 3! We were much younger and fitter back then! Sounds like you are having a fab time, loving the blog.

carol on

wow- what a feat boys!! pics look amazing. reminds me a little of all the hiking i did in south america.. pang of jealousy and sadness for those travelling times! can't wait to see your tanned and relaxed faces!!

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