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Kawah Ijen Sunrise - East Java

After doing the much more serious trek of Mount Rinjani in Lombok Indonesia a few days earlier, this short little trek seemed like a walk in the park. We started hiking at 2am though, so that we could get down to where the miners do their work while it was still dark. It was also very windy on this particular morning, and huge clouds of sulfur smoke would blow into us for about 20-30 seconds at a time. The smoke burns your eyes and your throat, but since the guide (Retired miner of 15 years) wasn't wearing a mask, I figured I didn't need to put mine on either :) These guys are hardcore to say the least...

 

Updated blog with more photos here: www.jesse-estes.com/kawah-ijen-indonesia/

  

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Taken on November 16, 2010