The Summit of Rinjani (Day 3)

Trip Start Nov 12, 2009
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Trip End May 13, 2010


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The Summit of Rinjani

Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Spent the 2nd night at about 2,600m.  pretty cold up there and a quick lightning storm came through, so Lorenz taught me some German in the meantime.  We got up at 2:30 AM to start our 'trek' so the summit to see the sunrise.  Definitely one of the most challenging things I've ever done.  The last hour was along a steep mountain ridge of dirt, equivalent to climbing a really steep sand dune - nothing solid to cling on to.  On top of that, there are freezing temperatures, and a steady 50 mph cross wind trying to blow you off the cliff into the volcano a mere 2ft away.  Our guide was sick and so we went on without him.  I was wearing Chaco sandles, no gloves, and a hat a made from a pair of shorts and a bandana, lol.  Fortunately I have some experience digging and crawling in soft sand, just not under these conditions.  So i got on my hands and started spider crawling the last hour to the summit.  Out of the 30 or so young, healthy travellers we passed along the trail I think only 8 made it to the summit, 5 being our group.  Unfortunately that was the easy part, bc going down was much worse.  Opposed to trying to stand up and immediately fall back on my butt and hands, like a 1st day snowboarding, for 3 miles...  I crab-walked on my hands and slid as controlled as possible.  Unanimously the worst part.  However, we saw a woman who had also climbed Kilmanjaro and said that this was harder, so that was a confidence booster, just wish they had told us this was serious mountaineering, and not just a trek on the fun, hot little island of Lombok.  Who would ever have guessed you could be so hot and so cold in one day?

And then we all chipped in and took a boat to Gili Air for a quiet beach and a well deserved large Bintang Beer.  ah.
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Kristi Falco on

Bingtang <3. Yes, funny how they don't mention how difficult the trek is? When we trekked Batur, it was meant to be an "easy trek"...not so much. Climbing up steep loose dirt and jagged rocks before sunrise is not exactly what I call easy. The views from your photos are amazing- It makes me want to do the same when I get back to indonesia.

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