Segara-Anakan Crater Lake
Mt. Rinjani, Lombok
July 1, 1997
The boat managed to safely arrive in Labuhan, Lombok in the evening. Throughout the
day, several from our group relaxed and played cards as we chugged along the north coast
of Sambawa Island. The three day trip had heaps of laughs with pleasurable company. The
Perma company provided fair services. Several of the passengers have had the shits for the
last few days, myself included, due to some food we consumed enroute. Also, our luggage
was searched while the group was off the boat in Komodo Island. A couple of people
reported amounts of cash missing. However, it would have been difficult to prove the fact.
So I guess it's better to be safe then sorry. Luckily, I had my valuables locked in a
Upon our arrival in Lombok, a friend Alex and I headed to the town Sapit. He told me
about this beautiful homestay, the Hati Suci. This is the first homestay on the south side
of Mount Rinjani. Located away from the tourist areas of Lombok. From Hati Suci, with the
help of a guide and a porter, I will make plans to climb the Volcanic Mt Rinjani.
July 2, 1997
At the homestay Hati Suci, we began planning our hike of Mt. Rinjani with my guide,
Adit. Tomorrow Adit, porter, helper and myself will start our ascent of the the 3726
meters Mountain. Inside the crater lake another active volcanic has formed. This Mountain
is slowing raising up inside and one day may blow. The last eruption of Mt. Rinjini was in
1972. On a foul note, I have contracted a intestinal stomach infection from the boat trip.
Hopefully, I will manage along the trail. I wouldn't want to hiking behind me the next
July 3, 1997
Mt. Rinjini, Lombok
The few winks I managed to get last night were continually interrupted by bowel
movements. Then in Lombok, being Muslim, the loud speakers blare the daily masjid (moss)
call at 5:00.am. In this village there is two ngaji (worship places), so they have dueling
loud speakers that can be heard many miles away. The prayer happens five times a day for
about half an hour begining at 5am, 1pm, 4pm, 6:15pm and 8pm.
I stopped at the village clinic in the morning and basically I told the assistant
doctor what I needed. With Adit translating, I then received some medicine. Hopefully, it
will cure the illness. Finally we were able to begin our adventure. Adit( guide), Rusni
(helper), Mashuri (porter) and I boarded a bemo( bus) to the village of Sembalun Lawang
and the National Park office to get permits issued. The hike now was under way. The porter
has a back breaking job. With most of the gear strapped to both ends of pieces of bamboo,
he struggles up the mountain. The task is similar to an ox plowing a field uphill. I felt
pity for the lad, but he seemed to handle the task at a reasonable pace. The porter's wage
for one day is good for Indonesia at $7 US. As for myself, the bowel movements have been
under control. With luck and good weather, we will reach the top tomorrow.
July 4, 1997
Mt. Rinjani, Lombok
Wow, what a feeling to reach the summit at 3726 meters(12,225 feet)! Today's trek was
two days in one. Because of weather conditions I decided to ascend to the summit. The
climate can change rapidly at higher elevations and it appeared a storm may be headed our
way. The climb to the peak was a battle. However, I developed tunnel vision and would not
be denied. On top the porter and myself were rewarded with spectacular views of Sumbawa
Island to the east and Bali to the west. This feeling of accomplishment is a character
builder. Many people can not handle the pressure and don't reach the summit. The feat was
by no means impossible, but determination must be part of one's personal arsenal.
July 5, 1997
Mr. Rinjani, Crater Lake
On Saturday we made a causal descent to Crater lake. Inside the crater is an active
volcanio which erupted in 1994. From the top of the mini volcano, "cotton wool"
clouds steam over the lake, which is a great location to savor the feeling of reaching the
summit. One can relax in the hot springs and swim in the lake. It is a beautiful thing.
July 6, 1997
I departed the lake in the early morning with a steep climb out of the lake. On the
paths one must cling to the sides of the cliffs which are narrow and meandering. On the
other side of the rim the crater has several nice views of the Gili Islands and Bali.
There are also many monkeys to be seen along both sides of the rim and at the lake. The
decent from the rim to the village of Senaru took 3 hours through a tropical rainforest.
The decent was steep, but the trail is well constructed. In Senaru I bathed under a 30
meter waterfall. The force of the water actually knocked your footing around. The journey
up and down Mt. Rinjani was enjoyed by my mates and I. I certainly could manage this trek
on my own, however the services of the guide, porter, and helper added to the experience.
Their help allowed me to truly just appreciate Mt. Rinjani and its natural beauty.
July 7, 1997
Senaru to Sapit
In the morning I boarded a bus from Senaru to Sapit. The adventure would last four
hours. I realize why I enjoyed traveling on my cycle so much. On the bus in Indonesia it
was extremely crowded with all sort of things. If you are lucky you can even have a goat
piss on your leg or a chicken fly about the cabin. With all the frequent stops of the
buses, the bike is almost as fast and roads more peaceful and scenic. I chilled at the
Hati Suci in Sapit for the rest of the day.
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