26 Sep 2018

The Adventure Of A Lifetime

WORDS & PHOTOS x Charlie Coquillard

A 3726m summit, 2626m of positive elevation, 19km to the top, 2 days, 1 night, and more than 11 hours of walking. 

In June 2018, I decided to climb the second highest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani, with my bike. As far as I was able to determine it’s only been done twice previously (in 2014 by Jerome Clementz and Tito Tomasi) and I wanted to be the third person with a bike at the top of this active volcano……and ride then down it, of course.

If the downhill looked promising, the way up was not going to be a piece of cake. With a 14% gradient and highly unfriendly, slippery terrain, my bike would spent most of its time on my back on the journey up. I almost gave up multiple times, but with the help of my guide I made it. It was the hardest ride I have have ever done, but the sunset views and the joy of getting to the top and back down this almost untouched volcano-dirt bike trail was worth all the effort in the world.

A crazy bike adventure which I am incredibly happy to share with you all in the video below. If you want to check out the full story and details about the adventure then check out my blog.