Volcan de Pacaya
Okay here's the second entry. So yesterday we climbed Volcan de Pacaya, a bohemoth of a Volcano at over 2500m. That has to be the highest natural geographical formation that I have ever climbed. For some reason climbing anything back home in the Lakes now seems a lot less daunting. It was absolutely spectacular and hard work. The first two thirds were just a constant climb up and up but with some pretty spectacular views to be seen. At the end of the second part of the climb, was completely covered in volcanish ash, my face resembled a beetroot, my hair took on a life of its own and my eyes were squinty due to stray dust flying about while the other girls fared a lot better. See photo gallery for upcoming evidence.
All the way up we were reminded that this particular volcano is very much active. Loud booms, smoke and rocks getting spewed out constantly reminded us of this fact. However it proved to be the climb up the volcanic rock which was most challenging, constant crumbling of the rock, its so sharp you could cut yourself right open and hot spots which would mean severe burnms if you put your hand down on it. Eventually got to where the Lava was, several attempts at pictures ruined due to irritating people walking into my shots and then panicky people behind meant I didn't get hardly any good photos but it was amazing to see lava flow. All those tedious hours spent in Geography at school actually seem worth it!! Absolutely fantastic day. Totally worn out at the end but so worth it..