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Year 2012

I don’t celebrate new year. I don’t even celebrate my birthday. It is just a number. Scary ones in fact… :) But 2012 is for sure my cycling year. And the demise of my photography hobby…. What I did in 2012?

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That’s how I conclude my 2012 cycling activities. About 6600KM distance and over 25KM climb. Changed my bike from Madone 6.9 2010 to Colnago C59 2012. Sold of my Merida 96 half-carbon full suspension for a carbon tubular wheel set, of which I sold already. Now using latest SRAM Red and Bontrager XXX carbon clincher & DT Swiss RRC 46mm. I am not thinking of any other bike (unless there is new Colnago C60 in 2013 *grin*). Now…wish I could cycle more & further.

2012 is definitely not my photography year but I did manage to summit Mount Rinjani!

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Finally, a photography trip

Photo adventure travel to Mount Rinjani! Again!!

To be exact, we are going there for the 3rd time. I’ve been there twice but failed to conquer its summit on both occasion. The first one was due to eruption & the second one due to bad weather.

For this trip I wish to share my checklist.

  1. Proper warm clothing. I have thermal baselayer & also Columbia jacket. It can stand 4C easily. I expect the temperature to be about that at the rim & summit.
  2. Socks – slightly thick wool sock – again I have Columbia’s socks
  3. Hiking shoes – I am using (again) Columbia’s low cut shoes. Why low cut? Because I have gaiters :)
  4. Sleeping bag – I have a small & compact, with 2C stated as the extreme temperature zone. Meaning, at 2C I won’t be that comfortable & I will definitely still feel cold at 4C inside the sleeping bag.
  5. I’ll bring my own one-man sub 1 kg tent but I need to think of a good ground sheet.
  6. Toothbrush & toothpaste – small one should do. Not the one come with free towel when you bought it.
  7. I do bring shampoo & shower gel, but packed in a small container. It feels good when you can wash your face & rinse your hair even though nobody will shower up on the mountain.
  8. A squeezable bottle for istinjak plus wet tissue & a trowel (for you know what business) :)
  9. A quick dry towel
  10. A pair of clean shirt for sleeping & for solat
  11. Another pair of shirts (very light & quick dry) wrapped nicely inside a waterproof plastic wrappers – guys, hypothermia kills!
  12. Compression shorts – No underwear when hiking… melecet beb
  13. A pair of sunglass (I have Rudy Project Magster)
  14. A cap (& I may bring my Tilley’s cowboy hat – it is very hot walking down Plawangan Sembalun)
  15. Knee guards (I have bad meniscus)
  16. Lightweight outdoor belt
  17. Torchlight & headlamp (with good battery) **** EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
  18. Glove (I have both thick & thin one)
  19. Waterbags (I am using Deuter’s 2L)
  20. Dueter Futura 35L with camera inserts for the camera OR maybe just Lowepro Primus (with raincover)
  21. Thinking of bringing just the usual sling bag (duffel) as it will be carried by porter
  22. Trekking pole
  23. iPhone & PowerMonkey Extreme with solar panel to charge it
  24. Nikon D7000 with extra battery, 14-24mm, 70-200mm, a carbon fibre tripod (it is slightly overkill!)
  25. Leica D-Lux 4
  26. A pair of slipper
  27. Sarong **** VERY USEFUL
  28. Buff as a balaclava during cold & dusty occasions
  29. Sleeping mat – for comfort
  30. My medications – pain killer, oxynase, clarinase, gauze, flavin
  31. Multipurpose tool with knife
  32. Extra ropes
  33. Plastic garbage bag (in case of raining)
  34. Some powergels for energy boost when trekking & some snacks

I hope these things fit my duffel bag :)

Rinjani The Return 2011

The recent Air Asia free ticket had really caused me a lot of havoc. Even though me & few of fellow friends had been to Mount Rinjani, we want to go there again. The morning of 18th May I managed to go to the website & the price to Bali was already RM24 (excluding tax, one-way). I was excited. SMS, called & posted message in our Flickr group…..and within 2 hours 14 people confirmed to join the trip in May 2011. But then I was not able to login to AirAsia website….even until today.

So finally we decided to forget our wish to get good airfare to Denpasar. And for that matter why should we go in May 2011 when the better time is June or July.

I plan for a 6 day trip as follow:

  • D1 – LCCT-Denpasar-Mataram-Sembalun Lawang
  • D2 – Sembalun Lawang-Plawangan 2
  • D3 – Plawangan 2-Summit-Lake Camp Area
  • D4 – Lake Camp Area-Plawangan 1-Senaru-Mataram
  • D5 – Mataram-Bali
  • D6 – Denpasar-LCCT

I just hope all routes to Rinjani will be open for public by July 2011.

To all my friends, climbing Mount Rinjani is unlike our recent trip to Mount Bromo & Mount Ijen. This is a very physical trip. A non-stop 10 hours walk up the mountain with heavy load. There is not many water source, so we even have to carry our own water and the rest of the equipments like tent etc.