The Gods Must be Irritated

French Climber Evacuated From Upper Slopes of Mount Agung
Ignoring religious prohibitions about climbing Bali’s sacred Mt. Agung for two months ending November 21, 2014, a French tourist Gael Gingnls (28) slipped and was injured at an altitude of 2,700 meters on Thursday, October 16, 2014. As the result of the accident, the Frenchman suffered a sprained knee requiring a rescue mission be mounted to bring the climber off the Mountain.

As reported by Balidiscovery.com Climb Every Other Mountain local religious authorities requested that no climbing take place on Mt. Agung for approximately two months starting on September 9, 2014 until November 21, 2014. The embargo on climbing was requested in deference to a prolonged Pancawali Krama Wana Kertih Ceremony underway at Pura Pasar Agung in the village of Sogra in Karangasem, East Bali.

Hindus performing mendak tirta or ngaturang pekelem rituals at Mount Agung had asked tourists not to climb the mountain during the specified period out of respect for local religious mores. In flagrant disregard of these requests, Gael Gingnls, accompanied by a Balinese guide I Made Murka (also known as Laba), commenced a climb of Mt. Agung at 1:00 a.m. on October 16th.

Reaching the mountaintop at 7:00 a.m. the French tourist and his guide began their descent when the accident occurred. With a tourist no longer able to walk, the guide contacted the Rendang Police Precinct who coordinate the rescue from the National Search and Rescue Agency.

The challenges of the mountain path meant that rescuers were only able to emerge with the Frenchman at 8:00 pm at the village of Banjar Temukus. The French climber was transported to a medical facility in Denpasar for treatment.

source : bali discovery tours

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