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Ascent of Gunung Rinjani on 2007-06-20

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adam Helman
Bob Packard
Date:Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gunung Rinjani
    Location:Indonesia
    Elevation:3725 m / 12224 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Gunung Rinjani, 3726m, P3726

Map: None known

Stats: mH; 15mi

Time: ascent 7+3:15; descent 1:35+?3+2:11, total walking time c. 17h

Accommodation: at Senaru, after arranging guiding, we were taken to some cute but basic accommodation down in the village. Our excess baggage stayed there during our 3 day climb.

Red tape: permit required, available on arrival from either starting point.

Guide: we were driven from the Bali ferry to Senaru, and made arrangements there. At the top of the hill, above the village, is an official office, and it seems the local "tour organisers" take turns manning it. Awenk Adventure was on duty when we arrived - there are several such outfits in Senaru. We agreed on a price for a guide + 2 porters 3-day package.

Water: available below the high camp - signposted off the trail.

Difficulties: fairly steep with some sections a little slippery; some clambering up tree roots. Final climb to summit is steep and loose - an easy scree-run in descent.

Start: we started at Sembulan Lawan, accessible by road (descpie info we were given) from Senaru (another popular start point). We descended to Sembulan Bawa - nearby but a significantly shorter and quicker route albeit with slightly more height gain.

Route: from Sebulan Lawan, a wide trail undulates for 2 hrs before joining up with the Sembulun Bawa track. It then passes a shelter (Pos 3) and starts to climb steeply, through grassland and then sparse woodland. Eventually a ridge is surmounted and soon a signposted junction (R, to the crater lake visible below) is passed. In a few minutes a saddle is reached, at the foot of Rinjani itself. Here are camp sites, on the ridge and just below on the leeward side. Beyond, the trail winds up steep slopes, arrives at the crater rim, turns L and follows it, fairly level at first but steepening, before relenting just before the summit. On the descent, we took the shorter more direct descent to Sembulun Bawa. To find this, take an obvious L turn immediately after a bridge, after crossing a deep ravine below Pos 3.

A popular roue is a traverse between Senaru and Sembulun, taking in the crater lake - see e.g. Petter Bjorstad's report.

Summit: neat compact summit, apparently with impressive drops although the wind, rain and thick cloud spoiled our appreciation somewhat.

Trig point: none found.

Notes/report:
18 Jun: we arrived on Lombok off the Bali ferry early morning, following our Kinabalu climb. A driver took us to Senaru where we made arrangements.
19 Jun: after breakfast at Senaru we were driven round to Sembulun Lawan where we signed in, and started walking at 07:10. The trail undulates considerably, and is crowded by vegetation which was wet and soon soaked our feet and legs. then followed a long climb: from the ridge above the crater lake was visible through clouds. Reaching the saddle (14:10) there was a strong wind: we camped on the leeward side. We cooked, as did the porters: we quickly realised who was the better cook, and shared some of theirs!
20 Jun: wind and rauin overnight: eventually the rain relented and (07:50) we pursuaded our guide to take us up (his choices being to be left behind at the camp, or to stay another night or , I guess). The final climb to the summit was in wind and driving rain - moderate Scottish summer conditions as I pointed out... We summited at 11:05 and were back at camp by 12:40. Sunny intermittently, but after we broke camp and set off down, it rained heaviliy - soaking feet and legs again. Our 2nd campsite was impressive: the bed of a dry river canyon just below Pos 3. Our guide assured us this was safe in the dry season (it was raining, and hadn't he heard of global warming...?)
21 Jun: we left at 07:19, descended via the more direct route to Sembulun Bawa, enjoying some decent views of Rinjani en route, getting down at 09:30. Our transport was waiting to take us back to Senaru; we sorted our gear and then were driven back to the Bali ferry, ready for Gunung Agung.

Weather: pretty dire by local standards, with wind and driving rain at the summit. The grassland was generally wet, making for some damp walking on the narrow trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2695 m / 8851 ft
    Elevation Loss:2695 m / 8851 ft
    Distance:24.1 km / 15 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2635 m / 8651 ft
    Extra Loss:60 m / 200 ft
    Distance:12.9 km / 8 mi
    Route:trail from Sumbulun Lawang
    Trailhead:Sumbulun Lawang  1150 m / 3773 ft
    Time Up:1 Days 3 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2635 m / 8651 ft
    Extra Gain:60 m / 200 ft
    Distance:11.3 km / 7 mi
    Route:trail from Sumbulun Lawang
    Trailhead:Sumbulun Lawang  1150 m / 3773 ft
    Time Down:22 Hours 25 Minutes



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