After 3726 meters of hell, I’m starting to see a bit of heaven.
» Photographer: Rik Corijn
» Location: Lomboc, Indonesia
» Website: www.tapirtales.com
» Summit Mt Rinjani, Lombok at Sunrise
Hell is not below us but 3726 meter above us. It’s called Rinjani, the second largest active volcano in Indonesia. It’s a gruelling 3 day hike to the top. The first day you set camp at 2800 meter. Don’t expect much rest. Summit day starts at 2 AM. For the next 3 hours, you’ll have to climb 1000 vertical meters in total darkness, a glacial wind blowing in your face. Tiny lava stones are covering the trail. 1 step up, 5 steps down. It’s hell to reach the summit. But once you’re there… heaven.
The sunrise is already in full swing as I reach the top. I once asked Lebanese mountain climber Maxim Chaya: “How was it on top of Mount Everest?” He answered that they hardly spent 10 minutes there. That their minds were already with the long decent. Now I understand what he meant. I quickly pose for some pictures, with the flag, with the signboard, with different backgrounds … careful not to miss anything. I ain’t coming back. It all feels rather mechanical. Forced smiles. Posy victory gestures. Click! Been there. Click! Done that.
I’m already on my way back, when I randomly point my cam at a fellow climber agains the rising sun. A final shot, a final salute. No posing, no framing. The winning shot. Just like that. Magic.
– Rik Corijn
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