Ascent of Gunung Agung on 2020-02-04

Climber: Rich P

Others in Party:Local guide.
Date:Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gunung Agung
    Elevation:9944 ft / 3030 m

Ascent Trip Report

Though officially closed by the government after recent seismic activity, there is always a way. The last bit to the true summit from the false summit is now crumbly and narrow due to slide activity within the past two years. Could see a group on the lower rim route flying a drone over the crater. The Besakih Temple trail is badly eroded and becoming overgrown in places now that it sees little use though my guide says he and his friends are keeping it clear. My guide and I were the only people on the summit route on this day.

The lower slopes contain some of the most magnificent jungle vegetation I have seen in Bali and were a delight as I hadn't seen anything during our middle of the night ascent. I wore light hiking boots and was glad to have them.
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Looking at Gunung Agung with anticipation from my hotel balcony in Sidemen the day before my climb. (2-3-2020). Photo by Rich P.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6550 ft / 1996 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Trailhead:3394 ft / 1034 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Guide
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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