Volcan Tajumulco - Day 2

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Wowsers!

Woken up again at 4am, everyone reluctantly bundled out of sleeping bags and tents into the very crisp (ie freezing) morning on the mountain. At 430am we were all ready and off we went on the final climb to the summit.

The path was rocky and very steep and most of the time, we scrambled up using our hands. At times like these, I held my torch between my teeth and envied those with headlamps!

After about an hour of steep climbing and picking our way along in the torch-light, we got all got to the top and walked across the flat top of the volcano to the summit point. Once we had cooled down from the hot walk up and piled on fleece after fleece, we sat on a rock to watch the sunrise, wrapped in a sleeping bag that I carried up with me. As the sun began to rise, the black sky was suddenly divided in 2 by a bright red-orange strip of light.

P.S We are the dark shapes
The sunlight soon flooded across the valley and through the clouds we could see in the distance smoking volcanoes, the city of Xela, and the vast Western highlands of Guatemala. On the other side of the volcano was Mexico!! Oh and the shadow of the volcano we were standing on was visible against the cloud! Cool!!

Soon it was time to go back to base camp for brekkie and to pack up the tents and then we wre on our way back down the volcano. The descent took us about 3 hours and once we were back to the road we waited for the next bus to go past. Bit of a bugger that the bus was packed so we all crammed on and stood for the hour journey to the next town. This would have been Ok if it hadn`t been for the suicidal bus driver flying around corners at 100mph.

Back in Xela, after a much-needed shower, we went for a bloody marvellous curry and a beer, stumbled home and then promptly fell asleep at 9pm. Slept for 12 hours!

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Wowsers!
Wowsers!
P.S We are the dark shapes
P.S We are the dark shapes
Scary clouds in the dark
Scary clouds in the dark
The volcanoes in the distance beco…
The volcanoes in the distance bec…
Worth getting up for at 4am!
Worth getting up for at 4am!
Walking above the clouds
Walking above the clouds
The shadow of Tajumulco against th…
The shadow of Tajumulco against t…
What a view!
What a view!
Snuggled in our sleeping bag at 42…
Snuggled in our sleeping bag at 4…
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photo by: siri