Enjoy the link below to my story in Just Urbane about climbing Mount Agung in Bali. About six hours up and let’s say about seven hours coming down.
This active volcano is visible from anywhere on the island of Bali. While it may be a while before we can get back to this amazing island there is nothing wrong with dreaming about it and doing a little bit of planning.
To listen to my chat about Mount Agung on the attached link, scroll the timer forward to about the 40 minute mark.Saturday mornings on the ABC are always a great way to start my weekend. This chat was about my amazing old friend who can’t seem to stay out of the news; Mount Agung. She’s been blowing smoke and shaking the ground since November last year and now she’s throwing up heavy ash and lava.
We know she causes ‘holiday havoc’ but who is she? How big is she? How important is she to the Balinese? What’s it like to climb her and look into that gaping crater that last exploded in 1963, barely a twitch of the eye in geological times.
The title pic shows my friend Wayan Gede Yudiana on my second climb of Mt Agung in 2016. We took a team of his staff from Pan Pacific Nirwana up Mount Agung as a team building exercise. In the background is Mount Batur, an easier climb but not half as much fun!
She is an old girl. She is the Old Girl. She is over 3000m high. That’s nearly a kilometre higher than Australia’s biggest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, and about two kilometres than Western Australia’s biggest peak, Bluff Knoll.
In my discussion on 6PR’s Perth Tonight with Chris Ilsley, we discussed my fears in climbing this volcano (twice!) and the view from the top and just what it means for Mount Agung to be a member of the Ring of Fire.
In the picture above, I have reached the summit and the pyramid shape you can see is the shadow of Mt Agung projected onto the clouds and ground below.