Marapi eruption: Hikers recount escape from 'Mountain of Fire'

The group of friends, most of whom met in school, decided to hike Marapi “just to have fun”. While most of them were avid mountaineers, seven of them were climbing a mountain for the first time. Marapi seemed like a sensible option as they live in Padang, a city three hours away, which is close by local standards.

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