Drone Photography on Mt. Merapi with Ridge line camping will take your photography to an all new level!
Photography has taken many new directions over the years, but none as exciting as the introduction of drone photography. With the freedom given with such technology, your opportunity to explore worlds that you never thought possible becomes endless. So in true Wildfire Expedition style we will be bringing you to that world, to witness something spectacular and capture it in all its glory.
Mt. Merapi (25 kilometers north of Yogyakarta) is the most active of Indonesia’s 127 active volcanoes. Located north of Central Java’s capital of Yogyakarta, it is a 2968 meter-high stratovolcano with steep slopes and an almost perfect cone shape. Merapi, which means “Mountain of Fire “, typically has small eruptions every two to three years, and larger ones about once every 10 to 15 years.
This once in a lifetime expedition will bring you in close contact with mother nature in her most unique form, above the clouds, with sunsets as red as lava, and sunrises so soothing you will be left in complete awe. Views so clear and endless not even the most powerful camera can capture.
Beyond the satisfaction of surmounting one of the world’s most active volcanoes and achieving a personal milestone, be privy to the unbelievable beauty of sunrise at the peak. Watch as 4 other volcanoes unfold before you, Mt. Merabu, Mt. Sumbing, Mt. Sindoro and Mt. Telomoyo, catching the sun as it rises illuminating your approach to summit. A magical sight that few will experience.
And on flat ground, the historically unique structures of Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World heritage site which dates back to the 9th Century, will connect you to a part of history that few have explored. Being the largest Hindu temple in all of South East Asia, this monumental structure brings with it many traditions, myths and legends. Close up imagery of the stone structures and aerial silhouette sunset shots of this majestic structure will add to your large collection of Yogyakarta and make you ask yourself that question… How come I had not done this before…
This 3D2N expedition will challenge your skills in capturing THAT moment, knowing that regardless, its magnificence both above at almost 3000 metres or below will be forever etched in your memory.
Unleash all your hidden photography skills/ideas, from star studded time lapse shots of unpolluted skies, to 360 degree panoramic views of active volcanoes, all in a playground that does not restrict you from achieving award winning shots, but instead sets your imagination free.
So what are you waiting for. If you own a camera, or a drone, or simply wish to be part of a group of enthusiastic videographers and photographers on one of South East Asia’s sought after locations, then join us for an adventure of a lifetime.
|LOCATION||Yogyakarta , Indonesia|
|DEPARTURE TIME||9:30am Singapore Changi Airport|
|RETURN TIME||11:00am Return Flight from Yogyakarta|
|WEAR||Hiking pants and boots, light base layer for lower elevations and warm layers for higher elevations|
(1-PD) Moderate – you will be carrying a daypack with steady altitude gain
|Sunrise Summit||Overnight Trek, Camping Trek|
Midway Basecamp Trek
Yogyakarta City Revisited
At Wildfire Expeditions, we use a combination of grading systems based on technical requirements of the climb as well as the physical conditioning of the trek. The grading systems we use to assess the treks is a combination of the New Zealand Alpine Grading System and the French adjectival alpine system As with any treks, there is a level of physical fitness that is required. Trekking days can be an average of 8 to 12 hours, and summit days can be 16+ hour days. Before undergoing any new or strenuous physical activity, it is advisable to receive a health check from a qualified physician.
The Mt. Merapi Trek is considered a (1PD)
New Zealand Alpine Grading System
An alpine grading system adapted from the grades used in the Aoraki/Mt Cook Region is widely used in New Zealand for alpine routes in the North and South islands. Grades currently go from 1–7. The grading system is open ended; harder climbs are possible. Factors which determine grade are (in descending order of contributing weight): technical difficulty, objective danger, length and access.
Standard grading system for alpine routes in normal conditions
- New Zealand Grade 1: Easy scramble. Use of rope generally only for glacier travel.
- New Zealand Grade 2: Steeper trickier sections may need a rope.
- New Zealand Grade 3: Longer steeper sections generally. Use of technical equipment necessary. Ice climbs may require two tools.
- New Zealand Grade 4: Technical climbing. Knowledge of how to place ice and rock gear quickly and efficiently a must. Involves a long day.
- New Zealand Grade 5: Sustained technical climbing. May have vertical sections on ice.
- New Zealand Grade 6: Multiple crux sections. Vertical ice may not have adequate protection. Good mental attitude and solid technique necessary. May require a bivy on route and be a long way from civilization.
- New Zealand Grade 7: Vertical ice/rock which may not have adequate protection. Rock grades in the high 20’s (Ewbank). Climb may be in remote area. May require a bivy on route.
International French Adjectival System (IFAS)
The French adjectival alpine system evaluates the overall difficulty of a route, taking into consideration the length, difficulty, exposure and commitment-level of the route (i.e., how hard it may be to retreat). The overall grade combines altitude; length and difficulty of approach and descent; number of difficult pitches and how sustained they are; exposure; and quality of rock, snow and ice. These are, in increasing order:
- F: facile (easy). Straightforward, possibly a glacial approach, snow and ice will often be at an easy angle.
- PD: peu difficile (slightly difficult). Routes may be longer at altitude, with snow and ice slopes up to 45 degrees. Glaciers are more complex, scrambling is harder, climbing may require some belaying, descent may involve rappelling. More objective hazards.
- AD: assez difficile (fairly difficult). Fairly hard, snow and ice at an angle of 45-65 degrees, rock climbing up to UIAA grade III, but not sustained, belayed climbing in addition to a large amount of exposed but easier terrain. Significant objective hazard.
- D: difficile (difficult). Hard, more serious with rock climbing at IV and V, snow and ice slopes at 50-70 degrees. Routes may be long and sustained or harder but shorter. Serious objective hazards.
- TD: très difficile (very difficult). Very hard, routes at this grades are serious undertakings with high level of objective danger. Sustained snow and ice at an angle of 65-80 degrees, rock climbing at grade V and VI with possible aid, very long sections of hard climbing.
- ED1/2/3/4: extrêmement difficile (extremely difficult). Extremely hard, exceptional objective danger, vertical ice slopes and rock climbing up to VI to VIII, with possible aid pitches.
- ABO: Abominablement difficile (abominable) Difficulty and danger at their limit.
Cancellation Policy: Due to the booking of government and operator permits, Wildfire Expeditions has the following refund policy
- Each deposit, includes a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee.
- Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided 90 days prior to the trek or dive date.
- 50% refunds will be provided 60-89 days prior to course, trek or dive date.
- 25% refunds will be provided 45-59 days prior to course, trek or dive date.
- No refunds will be provided 45 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
- All refund requests must be made in writing within the deadlines stated above.
- All balances are due 60 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified.
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