15mile lo Hombrums by bobfoto

15mile lo Hombrums

Hombrum's Bluff is one ugly steep looking hill right at the end of the Sogeri escarpment. I always wanted to climb it.

So in a quick decision, myself and a colleague thought we would arrange a few local land owners and see just how steep it was. Well a lady from another agency wanted to join in and we told her that this was going to be nasty, but she said she was keen. So we lined up Regina, a Highlander who genetically can climb up some monster hills, and she guided our female friend to the top.

By the time we had booked a few locals and a few hanger-oners, the three of us had at least 30 in support, so up and up and up and up we climbed.

My friend here is 6 and a half feet tall and I am only maybe 4 steps in front of him here.

The locals all said, we climb this hill but we don't descend it, too steep, too dangerous, and we believed them once we got this high.

So only one thing to do was to walk the 11kms from the top across the plateau to civilisation, where luck would have it, my friend and I were picked up by a Police Wagon and driven back to our vehicles down below. Didn't the locals love seeing two white guys in the back of a Police Wagon?

Once we got to our vehicles, we were able to then return to the top of the hill to help out our friends!

In Modern News: the Elections are still going on with many people no longer on the common roll, but they were in 2007, what happened to their names? Also in Moresby East, 119 of the 120 Ballot boxes made it back in the evening... a few hours later Ballot Box #48 showed up absolutely stuffed silly with ballots... funny how none of the other 119 were even halfway full?

How funny would it be if all those votes in #48 were for the same guy?

And why would a family member of the sitting member, kidnap (dressed as a policeman) one of the other candidates? How does that work?

Oh the stories I heard today! Lucky I had some Sashimi and Miso Soup. Sanity prevails.

Photo taken 22nd June 2008 on Hombrum's Bluff.
Wow that's steep indeed!!
June 27th, 2012  
@elke - it was quite rude, and despite being early in the morning, the sun was brutal that day!
June 27th, 2012  
Brutal climb. Small consolation to be able to look down on your tall friend. I backpacked the Grand Canyon once, the climb out was grueling gaining 1.6 km in elevation along about 16 km of trail. I find myself a bit more concerned about politics in the US these days, money seems to talk loudest these days.
June 27th, 2012  
Great perspective. Makes me feel unbalanced looking at it.
June 27th, 2012  
@robv - a 10% climb you speak of sounds reasonable... This was getting up around 40% - we went up around 800m in altitude in about 2km of distance. Took 2 hours to achieve too.... and another 2 hours to walk the 11kms to our Police Van.

Oh and money is the motivator here in Politics eh?
June 27th, 2012  
@jannkc - I am so glad I didn't fall over taking this shot.... I would have fell for ages!
June 27th, 2012  
Brutal climb. You are a hardy and adventurous soul.
June 27th, 2012  
A 40% grade puts you close to rock climbing mountaineering territory, not for the faint of heart. Glad you found a sympathetic soul to get you through the beer crisis.
June 27th, 2012  
I admire your adventurous spirit and the terrific shot too! ;~}
June 27th, 2012  
As always a great adventure as you tell tales of the past and weave in the current situation. In my 3 years there I never heard of anyone doing that climb - crazy !!
June 27th, 2012  
cool pov
June 27th, 2012  
ya, i am pretty sure if i was to try that my legs would have went all JELLO like and gave out on me!! LOL. I bet you guys enjoyed it tho!! i also think it would have been funny seeing you guys in the police wagon :P
June 27th, 2012  
Great sense of the incline here. Up is good for me, but down an incline this steep would have been nearly impossible.
June 27th, 2012  
Great shot! Wish you had a shot of you in the back of the police car! =)
June 27th, 2012  
Lyn
Certainly glad you made it safe and sound. . .your adventures continue to amaze!
June 27th, 2012  
@robv - The WW2 Engineers report on the Kokoda Track, talks of 40% inclines easing to around 20%... I like how they say easing. When even the locals say that this is a one-way track, and they only go up and not down, shows just how nasty the climb is. I should tell more about the plane crash I visited one day...

@tigerdreamer @grammyn - Think about the poor lady who so desperately wanted to come walking with us on that Sunday, she was very much senior in age to me and we warned her that it was going to be nasty. But to her credit, and he indomitable spirit, she made it.

@tonydebont - Was hoping to find Blamey's Retreat. Have heard that since, the Port Moresby Bushwalking group does this walk once a year.

@houdiniem - had no choice eh?

@kdimagery - The jello legs happen on the descent! The Police Wagon was funny, especially when we stopped at a roadside Volleyball game and all these young girls thought it was hilarious that two white guys were on board. We waved back!

@swguevin - even the locals don't go down this incline.

@filsie65 - I have a shot of my friend in the back of the wagon!

@lyno - Thank you Lyn, hindsight and a few beers make for wonderful tales! ;)
June 27th, 2012  
@bobfoto HAHAHA! oh my! that would have been so commical!!!
June 28th, 2012  
@bobfoto don't think lightly of elderly ladies skills! ;~}
June 28th, 2012  
You are very adventuresome. I could only look at your shot for a few seconds before vertigo kicked in. Fantastic story. Exciting politics where you are. Things are heating up in the United States politics. I have the list of primary candidates. Now, I want to track where their money backing is coming from.
June 28th, 2012  
@kdimagery - it was a tray back Truck, so we were just sitting in the tray, exposed to everyone. It wasn't a police wagon for criminals. Everyone loved it.

@grammyn - Oh I certainly don't, but if I return in 20 years time, there is no way I am climbing that hill again!

@daisy - Pity more PNGeans didn't learn more about where the money goes in this country... I think they know but they feel powerless sometimes. Sometimes I think this country is just two days short of a full scale revolution.
June 28th, 2012  
Nothing could entice me to this climb....
Kidnapping the other candidate sounds like politics at its finest.
June 28th, 2012  
@monika64 - It is truly Grass Roots politics over here... all Bigmen and Chiefs!
June 28th, 2012  
cracker shot...the angle is brilliant!
June 28th, 2012  
@palusami - I had no choice, just turning around was paramount to falling base over apex!
June 28th, 2012  
@bobfoto LOL! there will be no need ......you have already done it once!
June 28th, 2012  
@grammyn - That's my excuse already!
June 28th, 2012  
June 28th, 2012  
That's an awesome climb
June 29th, 2012  
@swilde - it was a little on the brutal side. ;)
June 29th, 2012  
lf l were 20 years younger, l'd try for it. oh. l never got to PNG did l?
June 29th, 2012  
@cjriggs - but you can continue your travel vicariously through my project if you wish. ;)
June 29th, 2012  
What a climb, better you than me!
July 1st, 2012  
@kjarn - it was pretty rude I can tell you now!
July 1st, 2012  
That does look steep! And green!
August 4th, 2012  
@hellcat - Only green during the wet season! That grass was thigh high, we could not see where our feet were landing!
August 4th, 2012  
Are there snakes?
August 4th, 2012  
@hellcat - the Papuan Black Snake is also called the Coastal Taipan here in Australia. I saw a few in my 3 years there. The locals despise them and kill any snake on sight. I had to rescue a few Carpet Pythons during my time against the anger of the Papuan.
August 4th, 2012  
You get a brownie for saving a few pythons. :)
August 4th, 2012  
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