The party members are all up at 6.30 and enjoy a hearty breakfast of sardines before they pack up and start their ascent of the mountain. Jie once again takes on driving duties in the 4WD vehicle as she goes off the road for the first time and starts to take a course that slowly spirals up the mountain. The first couple of hundred metres upwards cause her little in the way of difficult as she makes her way across the low foothills. After this though and the terrain starts to test the vehicle to the limits. By mid-morning, the mountain is starting to prove to be more than a match for the vehicle as she tries several routes upwards. At an elevation of 400m, she announces to the others that this is as far as they are going to be able to drive and that they will have to continue on foot from here.
The going is much easier on foot – initially at least – and when the group follows a spiraling course around the mountain rather than attempting to head straight up. The party members spend much of the afternoon continuing to trek up the mountainside. They are now well over half the way up the mountain at 800m and the views are already spectacular. Their progress here is now slowed by a volcanic outcrop that runs around much of the mountain, involving either a near-vertical climb or a major detour.
With only a couple of hours’ daylight remaining, the party members decide to remain here for the evening and so break open the camping gear. They cook dinner before heading inside the pressure tent they brought with them. They post a guard throughout the night, even though the steep sides of the mountain does not seem to be home to any forms of major wild life.