Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
17Trip End Jul 11, 2011
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A tent up a sodding volcano - so cold
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.
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.
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);