A fabulous sight to behold -- the shadow casts from the peak of Mt Rinjani
In better perspective of the steeply slope -- walking on a ridge that is fatal if one slips and falls on either side. It requires good balancing ability and also not fearful of height to be able to come thus far!
Choo TS - on top of the world feeling
Mission Accomplished - At the peak of Mount Rinjani ... Chiew Hong, ChooTS, PK Chan, Rocky, KC Leong, Sharon Tan, Jean Soh, WongKC, Sylvia Chong
In full mask -- Yours truly (KC) and Chiew Hong
While going up, not only that I worried about the steep slope, overcoming coldness, the cross wind and the sliding backwards movement due to the loose sand/stones, I was also thinking hard how to descend the mountain later.
With a technique told by Chiew Hong (heel land first with shoes at 20 degrees incline), it was a pleasant surprise that descending the mountain was easy and with enormous fun. Each time my foot sank safely into the gravel, I could launch the next step without having to halt completely (anyway, it was not necessary). With the downward momentum, much less energy was needed and at the same time, covering a bigger stride. One catch – a lot of dusk was kicked up in the process; besides, sand and stones would get into the shoes where gaiter would provide the necessary protection.
Surprisingly, the descent only took two hours to return to camp site - half the ascending time!!
Posted by KC Leong
Walking on the ridge with the narrowest width stands at about 5 feet wide
Up Close - Mount Rinjani was last erupted three times on 22 May 2010 ... PK Chan, ChooTS, Rocky and KC Leong
Yours truly (KC) ... the first camp site (Day-1 trekking) was at the peak of the opposite end of the crater rim
Perfect shot by ChooTS (refer to the enalarged display in the photo album ... can you see the moon and a lone trekker there?)
The trail to the summit from far ... it really looks scary with the steep slope
Posted by KC Leong