Climbing Mt Doom is like… climbing Mt Doom

Sam and Frodo
Looks like fun times

Mt Doom is that mountain that Frodo, Sam and Gollum struggle up in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King so that they can have a fight at the top and drop a ring (and Gollum) into it, thus destroying Sauron.

Mt Doom is also a place in New Zealand where the movie was filmed. It’s real name is Mt Ngauruhoe, it’s peak is 2287 m above sea level, and it is a real volcano that last erupted 40 years ago. (My mum recently informed me that she climbed it 40 years ago. They didn’t have online volcanic activity warnings back then).

A month ago, my friends and I climbed it. We ended up filthy, sweaty, hyper-ventilating, banged up, overheated, overexcited, dusty, scared, proud and exhilarated. It was the most fun I’ve had in ages (OK, since New Years Eve 2014).

Mt Ngaurahoe

It really is as hard and terrifying to climb as it looks in the movies, but it’s so worth it!

 

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