This time around, I’m with a group of friends and their families hiking up Mount Lawu and we spent a night at the summit plus another at Pos 3 (Post 3) resting area while on the way up. Quite a group, ten people altogether including two juveniles. That said, not all the adults are on the same fitness level, so extra night needed for rest.
It happened in early last June and we went up to the summit by way of Cemoro Kandang which is in the province of Central Java and came down to Cemoro Sewu in the province of East Java. In reality these two track entrances/exits are roughly 500 metres apart thus Mount Lawu is divided between these two provinces of Indonesia. My friend was told by the ranger at the entrance that the temperature at the summit could reach six degrees Celsius. Of course we came prepared, only that our sleeping bags were rated fifteen degrees Celsius max and no sleeping mat. Oh my, what a surprise we had. Yes, we were noobs when it came to sleeping out in the very cold but lesson learnt. We were lucky that the huts at Pos 3 and at the summit were vacant when we arrived, else it could be a lot
worse more challenging.
Cemoro Kandang track is a long and winding dirt track through the forest. It is low in gradient but definitely longer than Cemoro Sewu track, a steep, mostly clear open view path and paved with granite right up almost to the summit. Just imagine going up the stairs of a 3265 (summit) – 1200 (Tawangmangu) metres skyscraper. There is a small pool of fresh water about 100 metres after Pos 3 of Cemoro Kandang track and a fresh water well at a place where there are a few small caves after Pos 5 at Cemoro Sewu track. (Note for fresh water: On the way up to the summit.)
All-in-all, it was a delightful experience for me once again. In retrospect, I just wish that my interest in astrophotography would have came in earlier, before we set-off for the trip. Reading about Perseid Meteor Shower had opened up my interest in astrophotography and I am now wanting to try it out. So, where can I get a used, good, sharp and fast wide prime lens? Sounds like I have to pay a little premium.