Photographer's Note

The worst job one can get..

Consider ascending a steep mountain path with two empty baskets, going down into the crater descending maybe 350 m, filling the baskets with pure sulphur rocks amid the fumes, carrying up to 70 kg out of the crater - don't lose your footing or you're done for - and then downhill the mountain path for about 7km on foot! all for fraction of a dollar per kg.

This was taken along the narrow sulphur trail mid way down hill some 3km away from Paltuding collection centre where the sulphur will be sorted and packed in bags then transported to Banyuwangi some 30km away on the winding mountain road. A breath taking view overlooking Mt Raung, an active and dangerous volcano known to erupt regularly which at 3,332m is the highest peak in the vicinity.

Along this narrow trail there's a continuous flow of two way traffic, carrying the load down and trudging up again to re-load, and this has left a yellow trail on the well worn path. Work obviously started very early, since already at first light the men had left for the lake shore to load up their baskets.

Try to lift this baskets, I bet you could not even get them off the ground!

Additional picture:
WS: Meet the sulphur miner, who needs all the strength coming up really slowly, putting one foot before the other.

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