Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
285Trip End Ongoing
I met the guide at the travel agency at 6 in the morning and a half hour bus ride later, we were at the base of the volcano. There were about 12 of us in the group and we were first greeted by a pack of dogs that followed us the entire distance to the rim of the crater just to get a few scraps of food. The hike itself was pretty easy considering we peaked at about 8000 feet elevation. The hardest part was the last half hour. The path became nothing but volcanic ash and loose rock.
For every two steps I would take, I would slide down one. It was like being on a stair master with sharp rocks in your shoes. The summit rewarded us with amazing views and a constant 50 mile an hour cold wind. Looking into the crater, I saw nothing but steam and vapor, no actual lava, so that was boring. I paid $6 bucks to see lava dammit! Anyway, it made for a fun day and I'll try to post pictures when I can.