Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
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The five of us decide to hire a guide to take us to the top. It's a 3.5 hour steep and muddy walk to the crater lake at the top. It's cloudy and raining, but extremely hot and humid, so we are hoping for a nice swim at the top. When we reach the lake, the fog is getting denser and denser, the wind picks up and it's actually getting a bit chilly. I decide to skip the swim in the muddy lake. The walk up was nice enough, but I had hoped to spot Volcán Concepción from one of the viewpoints along the trail. Not a chance in this weather, we didn't see anything but fog, dense jungle and a few howler monkeys on the way up, so I am debating with myself if it was all worth the struggle. Suddenly it all clears up and we can see the whole crater lake, surrounded by thick vegetation covered rims. Nice! On the way back down we also spot a completely cloudless Volcán Concepción. I guess it was worth it after all. We are racing down the mountain toward Finca Magdalena and it's ice cold beer. Totally deserved after a total of seven hours of steep mud paths.
Newsflash December 5th: from BBC's News website....
Family's tribute to lost Briton
....I can see that two decomposed bodies were found by rescue workers on Saturday 4th. The bodies has not been identified yet, but it says it's likely to be the two missing tourists. Absolutely tragic.