Women Rock the Crater

The women walkers and guides at Konggu Rano hut in the Kolombangara Island crater

In September a group of seven women took on the rapids and rocks of the Vila River and trekked to Konggu Rano in the heart of the Kolombangara crater. The four women from Kolombangara and three from New Zealand working as volunteers in the Solomon Islands spent three days walking, climbing, rolling, sliding and swimming along the beautiful but tough trek. 

The women ranged in age from their sixties to mid twenties and though it may have been a challenging hike for some, all the walkers enjoyed the experience, or at least their memory of it.

It’s the first group of Kolombangara women known to have ventured into the crater in recent times. The group passing old village sites along the river where Dughore ancestors lived many years ago.