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Gunung Bagging: a new website for hikers JAKARTA - Indonesia is a hiker’s paradise, but sometimes it can be tough just knowing where to start. A new website aims to help you take the first step. Dan Quinn makes lists. He makes lists of things to do. He makes lists of things to buy. And he’s made a list of mountains to climb. “Without a list,” he says, “I don’t get things done.”

One of the things he wants to get done is to climb at least 100 of Indonesia’s “Ribus”. A “Ribu” is the term humorously coined for a mountain in Indonesia with an elevation of (as the name suggests) at least 1,000 meters. There are around 130 of these dotted across the archipelago, all listed on the Gunung Bagging website.

The Gunung Bagging website is the brainchild of Quinn and fellow Briton Dr Andy Dean. The two hiking enthusiasts met earlier this year on a trip with hiking group Java Lava. Once chatting, they shared their frustration at the lack of comprehensive and accessible practical information on how to climb Indonesia’s hundreds of peaks. The fresh air and physical exercise obviously did them some good, because by the time they came down from the mountain, they had hatched a plot to create such a resource.

Now, several months later, the combination of their passion for climbing, Dean’s scientific and technical knowledge (he is a geographer by training) and Quinn’s writing skills has resulted in the Gunung Bagging website, a clean, user-friendly and helpful resource on Indonesia’s mountains and how to climb them.

The name, in case you’re wondering, comes from the English and Scottish pastime of “mountain bagging” - trying to climb (or “bag”) all mountains above 3,000 feet (about 1,000 meters). The idea of the “Ribus” is based on the list of “Ultras” - peaks around the world of more than 1,500 meters. “Here, if you follow 1,500 meters as for the Ultras, you really run out of options for hikes from Jakarta on the weekends and many are missing,” Quinn explains. “So we brought that prominence down to 1,000.” www.gunungbagging.com


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