Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mt Agung, Bali's highest mountain

From Yahoo Travel News:

Two weeks out of hospital from having Dengue fever and typhoid at the same time, I decided to climb Mt Agung, Bali's highest mountain standing at 3143 meters, which has been on my list all dry season. The wet season was approaching fast and a quick check of the weather charts revealed that there was going to be around 40% cloud cover and fine so climbing conditions were perfect. My body still feeling a little weak but I had been surfing all week so I was confident my strength was up enough for this challenge, I decided to climb. The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is the center of the earth and all temples face towards this prominent volcano on Bali. It last erupted in 1963, killing quite a number of people in surrounding villages. Bali is situated in the middle of "the ring of fire", the name given to Indonesia's volcano belt stretching the whole length of the archipelago and is the most active in the world. Bali has four active volcanoes, Agung being the highest but Batur being the last eruption in 1996, which was a small one as eruptions go with relatively minor damage.

Mount Agung was a truly memorable and challenging climb. Definitely not for people with a fear of heights this climb is suited to intermediate to experienced hikers/climbers. Agung is such an important mountain culturally for the Balinese and those fit enough and willing to take the challenge will be duly rewarded with spectacular views and a rich unforgettable experience.

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