‘Gunung Bagging’: The Destination For Hiking and Travel Enthusiasts in Indonesia

‘Gunung Bagging’ was founded in 2009, and since then this user-focused website has grown into the best and most-visited source of information on mountain hiking across the Indonesian archipelago. Over the course of these 5 years, many passionate individuals have spent weekends and holiday periods exploring, documenting, and sharing information on the exciting and often remote corners of Indonesia. The primary goal of this has been to provide information on as many of the mountains across this vast nation as possible, so that others are well-prepared to visit these places too.

The information gathered is freely available online for all visitors – including tourism agencies, local authorities, tourists and potential tourists (both domestic and international), members of the Indonesian hiking community, volcano enthusiasts, scientists, writers, researchers and journalists.


Near the summit of Gunung Mutis, West Timor, Nusa Tenggara Timur (Dan Quinn, 2011)

How Can You Support Gunung Bagging?

To continue the development of the Gunung Bagging website and have a huge amount planned. In 2014 they plan ambitious, often lengthy mountain expeditions to areas about which there is little or no information in the public domain at the present time.

As they move into 2014, Gunung Bagging asks for support to continue this important and pioneering work – initially for a 12-month period.

From March 1st 2014, they want to support full time exploration activities to visit and document the mountains and help to develop eco-tourism in remote parts of Indonesia.

With support from just ten sponsors, it can be accomplished within just 1 year.

They need about 1000 USD per month to cover the costs of the expeditions listed below. Some months will cost more and some months will cost less. Just ten individuals or companies donating 100 USD per month for a period of
1 year would mean that all of the expeditions listed below could go ahead.

There are many deserving causes. We see poverty on a daily basis in Indonesia. But since the beginnings of the Internet age, many culturally valuable projects are possible with the support from donors who believe in the value of what can be achieved in both the short and long-term.

At Gunung Bagging, they spend a minimum of 10 hours per week on administrative tasks such as answering email queries from both domestic and international tourists, managing the site, editing and uploading trip reports, moderating comments, publicising the initiative via social media, and adding to the extensive photographic archives. We do not ask or expect to ever be paid for any of this.

The expeditions, on the other hand, are time-consuming and can be very costly and we require your support. Donated money all goes towards expeditions – transportation costs, basic accommodation when necessary, the payment of local guides, and simple food. If we have any funds left at the end of the 12 months it will go towards further Gunung Bagging expeditions later in 2015.


Benefits of Support

If you become a Gunung Bagging sponsor, there is a range of benefits:

§ Logo and/or name on the Gunung Bagging homepage and the specific expedition pages that your funds supported. Expeditions proudly supported by YOU.
§ Acknowledgement for your support by social media, including Facebook,
Twitter, and LinkedIn. They will like your Facebook page and post our thanks for your support.
§ Presentation on the expeditions by Gunung Bagging founder, Daniel
Quinn. Make your next event something to remember.
§ Opportunity to join the expeditions, although these adventures are not for everyone!


Media and Public Acclaim

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, What’s New Jakarta, Jakarta Expat, Venture magazine, Adventure Travel magazine and Peakbagger worldwide hiking community. They 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 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world- asia-pacific-11627431) 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.

They 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. By spreading the load in this manner, the most popular ‘honey-pot’ mountain trails in Java also benefit. Instead of climbing Gunung Gede for the fifth time, our readers visit Gunung Parang near Jatiluhur or Gunung Puntang in the Malabar area south of Bandung.


Helping Local People

Reporting on lesser-known mountains encourages tourism to develop in new areas of Indonesia. This means more money entering the local economy and the long-term potential for permanent full or part-time income for local people. The number of tourists in Indonesia continues to increase every year with new eco- tourism destinations emerging. We encourage and support local people to take the opportunity to establish themselves as a local guide to lead tourists up a local mountain.

We encourage mountain guides to submit their contact details for inclusion on growing online directory of local tourism services in remote areas. Those who receive positive feedback on Gunung Bagging from other trekkers are likely to be contacted on a regular basis.


The ‘Ribus’

They list of Indonesian mountains with 1,000 metres of topographic prominence – known as the ‘Ribus’ – was the first list published specifically for Indonesia using objective, scientific criteria. There are 226 Ribus out there – and nobody has climbed to the top of more than 100 of them. Some of the Ribus don’t have official names and require up to a month to be climbed. Others can be hiked easily in just two or three hours. The opportunity for further exploration and reporting is enormous. In an age of ‘been there done that’ t-shirts, there are still many blank spaces to fill in for the mountain ranges of Indonesia.


Retaining Our Independence

The editorial independence is of great importance and we have therefore never wished to be affiliated with corporations who may attempt to restrict what we write about. We also value webpage layouts that are clear, clean, uncluttered and free of intrusive advertising. Therefore, they website hosting costs are covered with the help of donations from kind supporters around the world.


The Photographic Archives

The Gunung Bagging image archive alone is probably the most comprehensive mountain photography resource to have ever been compiled for Indonesia. If maintained and further developed, countless future generations will benefit from free access to all of this material.


The crater rim of Gunung Merapi, Jawa Tengah (Dan Quinn, 2011)


Left: The active crater of Gunung Gamkonora, Halmahera, Maluku Utara (Dan Quinn, 2013)
Right: The huge granite mountain called Bukit Kelam, Kalimantan Barat (Dan Quinn, 2013


Left: Fresh Sumatran tiger prints at the foot of Gunung Pantaicermin, Sumatera Barat (Dan Quinn, 2013)
Right: The main crater of Gunung Kaba, Bengkulu, Sumatra (Dan Quinn, 2013)


Left: The ridge of Gunung Tondongkarambu, Sulawesi Selatan (Dan Quinn, 2013)
Right: The smoking cone of Ili Ape, Lembata, Nusa Tenggara Timur (Dan Quinn, 2013)


Expedition Itinerary

– The most significant natural landmark in the Riau islands, Lingga island’s Gunung Daik (1,165m) is crowned with three imposing cliff faces. Making use of the new Batam-Silanggit flight, this will be followed by expeditions to Gunung Lubuk Raya (1,880m) and the sacred Batak mountain of Pusuk Buhit (1,982m) (both in North Sumatra).

If you are not able to help by donating, there are other ways you can support us and see the above plan become a reality. Let your friends and colleagues know. Forward them this information. They might be able to help.

If you have any questions about the proposal that are not answered above, or are interested in becoming a sponsor for a year, please contact Dan Quinn.

Dan Quinn, December 2013. Email: [email protected]


Co-founder and editor Dan Quinn on Gunung Rantemario, Sulawesi Selatan (Don Bason, 2009)

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