The five Indonesian “L” words that every climber should know:

  • Lemah  – weak, feeble
  • Lelah – tired, weary, exhausted, worn out
  • Letih  – tired, weary, exhausted, overly tired
  • Lesu  – sluggish, no energy, weak from lack of food/sleep
  • Loyo – sickened, finished.

Java Lava Juice – Bier Bintang


The Rolf Zimmerli Doctrine

Rolf Zimmerli, a Swiss national, was a founding member of Java Lava in 1983. As a very experienced climber of the Swiss Alps, he taught us that it is permissible to pass wind (kentut) when climbing in the mountains – he did this all the time. Terrible smells and huge rumblings were with us during those years. Everyone tried to avoid trekking behind Rolf.

But Rolf was also a perfect gentleman and had a wonderful Pavarotti-style singing voice. After each kentut he would sing, “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose-garden.

So, for Java Lava youngsters, it makes trekking so much more pleasant and relaxing if you can kentut freely and without embarrassment. But, remember, you are expected to sing a song after each kentut!

Contributed by Rob Valkhoff, founding member of Java Lava

Dave’s Scale for Rating the Difficulty of a Mountain!

  • Easy – for a gentle walk in the forest
  • Medium – for starters, families and older children
  • Difficult – for people of average fitness
  • (Expletive deleted) difficult – for experienced climbers
  • (Expletive deleted) very difficult – for very experienced and fit climbers
  • (Expletive deleted) extremely difficult – for masochists only

Directions of the Compass in Indonesian

  • N – Utara; NE – Timur Laut
  • E – Timur; SE – Tenggara
  • S – Selatan; SW – Barat Daya
  • W – Barat; NW – Barat Laut

“It is forbidden to have accidents here. Hospitals are far away.”

Polices Resort, Kabupaten Grobogan, Central Java (with acknowledgement to Dan Quinn for the photo).