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Chipping off freshly solidified sulphur using a crowbar  

Chipping off freshly solidified sulphur using a crowbar

A Trip to Hell and back at Ijen, East Java

April 5th 2015
If you want to know what hell is like go to Ijen. The path down to the base of the caldera is steep and treachous by torchlight at 2am. We had our gas masks on to keep the devil and his sulphurous fumes away. You could dimly make out the fizzure billowing out acrid steam. As you get closer you can see the ethereal blue flames of the burning vapourised sulphur dancing above the dark rock. When the ... read more
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Indonesian Flag The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
11th April 2015

How people make a buck
I went to Ijen as a result of amazing pics from Ali, Travelblog's founder. Unfortunately it was about to erupt when we arrived so access was closed...even to the miners. We accessed the cone of Anak Krakatoa and the sulphur fumes were overpowering. Thank you for this extraordinary blog and pics. I now know how best to access it if I return. But do the masks actually work?
12th April 2015

Thanks for your comments. The masks do work. Every one in there should have one. Many do not.

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