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Hiking Mount Batur in Bali

The non-sunrise ascent -Marty Way


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The YouTube videos of hiking Mount Batur, in Bali, feature Gen-Zs rising at 2:30 a.m. to be transported to the volcano. Then they hike in the dark, 3.2 kilometres and 634 meters of elevation to witness sunrise from the second peak. Approximately 600 of them go each day.
Can there be anything more epic than squeezing your significant-other as the sun peeks over the horizon; the salty pungence of sweat, the throb of hormones and the buzz of drones over head. It’s an unforgettable Balinese experience to be sure.
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However, I am an old bastard and not about to hike in the dark in the wee hours or the morning. And fortunately am surrounded by like-minded, intrepid hikers. We arrived on the ridge of the caldera just before noon and had it to ourselves.
We all brought hiking boots and were glad that we did. The trail is uneven and has fist-sized rocks that roll around under foot. It can be precarious.
Mount Batur is a caldera with in a much larger caldera. The volcano erupted about 30,000 years ago, then the magma chamber collapsed leaving two concentric caldera. We hiked on the smaller one.IMG_6579.jpegIMG_6580.jpegIMG_6588.jpeg

Our guides insisted on hard-boiling eggs on steamy vent that presumably emerged from the hubs of hell; a reminder that the volcano under foot is active. But it was good to take on a little protein before the descent.
So, I’ve hike my first volcano and it didn’t erupt while I was there. It was a good day.IMG_6585.jpeg

Posted by WayWayFar 06:41 Archived in Indonesia

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