Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mountain Climbing in Padang, Sumatera



1st Climbing – Mt Kerinci, Jambi, Indonesia – 3805 m

17 June 2010 - It is Sumatera’s highest point! Awesome feeling…. Mt. Kerinci is tougher than Mt. Kinabalu! But so much worth it - climbing around 13 to 15 hours. We rested for the night and started again the next morning. It was wet and cold night! My sister vomited due to high altitude and exhausted. One of the girls also was not able to walk properly, every two steps she had to stop. Few others, and me, we just walked following our own path, our own speed. Not chasing each other. Once we were out of the bushes the view was just breathtaking! Rocky and sandy trail began. We had to watch out every step we took.
It was dangerous and slippery. After struggling with own mind, body and soul finally I made it to the summit and saw with my own eyes the caldera or ‘kawah’ and the smoky from deep down of volcano! My wish came true! No doubt it was scary and afraid of falling down into the volcano. While waiting others to reach the summit I fell asleep by the caldera. It was cold yet the skin easily burned by the sunlight! On the way back, going down was even more difficult, painful and dangerous!
































2nd Climbing – Mt Merapi (Mt of Fire), Sumatera Barat, Indonesia – 2891 m


19 June 2010 - It was a fun and relaxing climbing. It only took us 4 to 5 hours to reach the summit. Lost in the desert volcano! Also there is a famous garden for Edelweiss flower – “bunga abadi“ - they said the flower would not dry! I think the flower was the most expensive thing I ever got from this trip - it doesn’t cost any money but only cost by own strength and spirit. The touching moment was when a friend of mine call out for ‘azan’ once we reached the summit!


Personally I enjoyed the trips - closed to local people and closed to volcano!


Touched by the people and touched by the nature…













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