1) Sandy Section: This section dominated by volcanic sand. Walking is much harder due to easily to slide backward.Try edging and walk by walking stick are the best ways to make the ascent easier.
2) Solid Rock Section: At the end of sandy section, there are two options:
* Turn left: Follow volcanic rock formation up heads for summit. The rock is solid but little big steeper. Using hand to keep balance while moving up is the best way to tackle this section.
* Turn Right; The trail is not totally consist of sand, but also gravel, unstable volcanic rock and dust.Rock fall from upper side always direct to this section, so...always watch up ( Specially when there are many other hikers ), and considered to wear helmet.
Actual hike in the morning along the route Pasar Bubrah - Summit 1/2 hour without break for drink and other needs on midway up new summit of Merapi.
PHOTO DOCUMENT: Olenk & Adick Punkdul
PERIOD: September 2011