Hotel El Ciervo
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... dinner. Our volcano guide had advised that we eat pasta, and how lucky were we that on the menu in the hotel was Smoked Salmon Fettuccine… 8 of us ordered it! Venison, turkey and trout were also reported to be excellent.
Wednesday 10 December
Wendy had ordered early morning calls for everyone, but either she slept through her call, or it didn’t happen! Thankfully ...
... got steeper it got a little scary. I had visions of the movie "Cliff a Hanger" when Stallone was sliding down the mountain out of control and dug his ice pick in at the last moment to stop from going over the cliff. I was sort of getting vertigo but it went away as soon as we put on the cramp ons. There were many groups ascending as well and I would say at least 100 people made the climb on this day. The higher we went the more windy and colder ...
... the group had to stop which made me anxious because they had to stop because of me. Finally I just said to one of the guides that I was ready to call it in and not go any further. At first I couldn't help but feel ashamed, I'm a freaking yoga teacher, I'm in good shape... I do head stands and bend like a pretzel....but none of this applies to altitude and trekking. And I realized this issue has been something I have had forever, I've pretty much always hated running ...
... It was an impressive climb and after four hours we reached the summit. Just before reaching the summit we could already feel the ash on the air taking a toll on our breathing. At the top you could see the smoke rising from the giant hole in mountain as well as from random locations on what seemed to be solid ground. The smoke was so toxic that coughing was rampant and ...
... have to
go down on a bum board! There are chutes cut in to the snow and ice, and you
basically sit on a bum shaped piece of plastic, and fly down the side of the
Volcano! What took us hours to get up took us about 40 minutes to get down. It
was terrifying in places, you had to use the handle of your ice axe to slow
down by digging it in to the ice by your hip, which was about as effective as
it sounds, so you just careered wildly down ...