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In a nutshell, that’s what climbing up to the summit of the volcanic mountain of Mount Rinjani is. A feat no less than challenging but one that rewards you with awe-inspiring vistas, if you have the determination to keep marching forth.

It’s easy to get carried away by the mundanity of everyday life. Even easier to work up a list of excuses to convince yourself why right now isn’t the right time.

But, it had been several months since my last summit and the mountains were calling. A trekker from Sweden I had met on Mt Kinabalu last year happened to mention Rinjani. I’d been eyeballing the active volcano at 3726 m since.

Most good things come in small packages

When my earnest attempts at persuading overbusy friends to join me had resulted in futility, I asked my 10-year-old son, just for fun, “I’m going on the mountains. …

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