Photographer's Note

Cerro Negro - Climbing and descending an active volcano

The Cerro Negro, an hour's drive from Len, is the youngest volcano in Central America. It has first appeared in April 1850. The name means Black Hill. Since its inception the volcano has regularly been active and its most recent eruption occurred in 1999.

Today this active volcano is mainly known because (mostly young) people go there to participate in the extreme sport of volcano boarding.
Volcano boarding is like snow boarding. Only theres no snow. The surface is the ash-covered steep slope (a slope of 41) of the volcano.

It is not undangerous. Accidents do happen and a fall can - despite the protective suit that you have to wear - cause deep cuts.

I went with a group but had decided not to do this foolish thing. I joined them to take pictures but it turned out that I have no photos of people boarding on the slope. What I did not know in advance was that I had to go down on foot on almost the same place as the boarders (just about ten meters further but also on the same steep slope). Because I couldnt go down on foot with the speed of the boarders, I had to descend earlier and on the moment they passed, I struggled to keep my balance so that it wasnt possible to take pictures.

All in all, I climbed the Cerro Negro and descended on another side but I came back without pictures of the boarders who descended the slope. (My trip was of course at a lower price than the one for the boarders.)
The result of walking down the slope covered with ash was that I returned completely black to Len :)

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