March 30th, 2009 - Well, after all much ado I finally made it to Mt. Rinjani (12224 ft, 3726 m). Another day, another Indonesian volcano. If you climb something in Indonesia it will probably be a volcano. Actually, if you look in any direction on any of the major islands you can probably spot one. I fell in to a burning ring of fire.…..
And I was plagued with a rather annoying bout of fatigue. That made the majority of the trip a real struggle. It felt exactly like hiking at higher altitudes, say above 10,000 feet where very step requires concentrated effort. It sucks. The problem is this was happening well below my usual threshold. In fact, I should not have felt it all on this mountain, except perhaps at the very top. But no. From the beginning I was ascending at a snail’s pace which, if I may be a bit immodest, is not the norm for me. If that was not enough much of the trail is covered with loose sand/pebbles making the ascent akin to walking up a sand dune. My ass hath been kicketh.