Postcard from Rinjani: 4 Days With No Shower

You read that right. There was no privilege of shower, moreover the facility to poop without having to dig holes before it.

With that said, the summit view is only for those who are willing to pay the price. The price in this context also means becoming a 4 days shabby. Physical pain was not the only price we had to pay. Still, with that kind of situation, our curiosity to explore was unstoppable. We were always taking photos and posing whenever possible.

Why?

Because, we paid so much price to get to the summit. Personally, I would never walk back up the same mountain again. Might as well take some time to capture everything I could before leaving Rinjani for good. Anyways, here is a collection of photos from our cameras we think worth showing to you. In the short run, we hope that you will so intrigued by these images that you will climb the Rinjani yourself. Even when physical hygiene is one of the prices you need to pay.

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A group of foreigners having a picnic in the middle of the hike. They were always using improper hiking outfit. I wonder why.

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Climbing Rinjani on a national holiday is like queuing for a ride in Disneyland.

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The hills.

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More foreigner spotted.

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Capturing the fluffy white cotton candy.

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Ignore that pimple.

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The rocks we had to climb on to the summit. 2 steps up will bring us 1 step down. The key lies in perseverance.

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Summit view. Hey, we’ll post more photos from the summit soon! We’re kinda keeping it for another post.

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I look like a Mongolian.

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Woke up to this view.

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Woke up to this sun. It’s the same sun everywhere in the world, but it felt different when you’re in Rinjani. No kidding.

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HG was staying fashionable even without shower.

 

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Our porters who were on their flip flops, hiking here and there faster than a roadrunner. They have got to be on steroids!

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Preparing fish for lunch. Segara Anak Lake is where you can fish after going down from the summit. Be prepared for the devastatingly long walk!

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Last glimpse of Segara Anak Lake before we head back to the base-camp.

You can look at more photos on http://www.demasryan.com, or simply head to our previous post about Rinjani. Easy, you can even find those photos in our Instagram accounts.

If you ever see me, please don’t ask me: “When is your next travel?” That question really ticks me off because I won’t be traveling for a while until I graduate from my masters program. I wish I can explore again soon, preferably another mountain. As much as I love showering and pooping, I’d probably prefer being outdoor even without all those hygienic facilities. That’s the sacrifice I am willing to do.

With that kind of sacrifice, most probably, I won’t be getting a girlfriend anytime soon.

Keep exploring,

DR. (@demasryan)

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