One of our first nights in Bali we decided to forgo sleep and hike all night instead. We left at 10 pm and worked through the night to reach the top by sunrise.
Once we reached a ridge we looked back through the darkness to the city of Denpasar at the far end of the island. Then we resumed the climb for several hours, passing acacia trees and evidence of monkeys. We even caught a civet cat’s eyes in our headlamps.
While we didn’t reach the top, we stopped a very steep half-mile short and watched the day awaken from an open rock face below the summit. There wasn’t a summit to miss, so we weren’t heartbroken. And the view was stunning.
On the way down we watched the temple at the base of the climb get closer and closer as our knees and leg muscles hummed.