Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
Till you find your dream.
Near the summit of Gunung Mutis, West Timor, Nusa Tenggara Timur (Dan Quinn, 2011)
Dan Quinn has a dream which he shares in this .pdf file
Since then, Dan and many other contributors have developed it into the ‘must visit’ site if you want to climb one of the many peaks in Indonesia.
“As the only English-language website of its kind, Gunung Bagging has been featured in many national and international newspapers and magazines and has become a trusted resource by many national and international organizations including the Smithsonian volcanology team, The Jakarta Globe, The Jakarta Post, Tempo, Jakarta Expat, Venture magazine, Adventure Travel magazine and Peakbagger worldwide hiking community.
“We have led a BBC journalist to the crater rim of Gunung Merapi in order to see the topographical changes that have occurred as a result of the huge 2010 eruptions, and we were the first to report the new post-eruption crater situation and elevation changes. The Smithsonian volcanologists regularly ask for contributions, such as recent photographs, to their bulletin newsletters and website database.
“We have over 1,000 unique visitors to the website every week and, as we report on more mountains, this figure continues to grow. The broad geographical scope of the project has been of considerable help in encouraging responsible eco-tourism in previously less well-known areas.”
Now Dan is planning a number of expeditions spread over the next twelve months, all of which will be documented so that others may follow the trails he and his companions will have blazed. (Our Kid and I may well join one of the ‘easier’ weeks as he enjoys a gap year.)
To achieve his programme, Dan is seeking sponsors*. Given the spin off benefits in terms of eco-tourism, and support given to local communities who provide guides and other services,
Lovers of Indonesia’s great outdoors, can you help?
*One could ask why none is offered by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies, but this is not the place.
Listen to Climb Every Mountain here. Personally, I prefer this appropriate song.