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  • Day11

    Cerro Negro

    February 10 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    The neighbour's rooster wakes me up this morning. It's about 6am so it's not that bad. It took me 2 minutes to fall asleep last night, I guess our trek in the heat was a pretty good workout after all.

    This morning another adventure awaits; we will go boarding down a volcano called Cerro Negro. It is the youngest Volcano in Nicaragua and it is still active. David our guide picks us up at 8am. He tells us that they estimate that Cerro Negro erupts every 20 years. The last eruption was in 1999. We first think he is kidding but he is serious 😳. If there is any sign of activity they would warn us and not allow any tours to get nearby. We should be okay.

    The ride in the Jeep is thankfully not as bumpy as yesterday. There are three other tourists with us going to the activity. Two are American and the other is Columbian.

    Once we get at the base of the volcano, David gives us a backpack and a board. We have 45 minute climb to get to the top. As we ascend we feel the wind becoming stronger and stronger. Our boards catch in the wind and try to pull us like a sail. We have to adjust the way we hold it or else get pulled somewhere we might not want to go. As we get near the top we drop our stuff and head to the other side of the top to see the lovely view and feel the heat of the volcano. You simply dig 20 centimetres and you can feel it being very hot. You also se the steam rising from the hole. You could easily cook an egg.

    After a couple cool photos we head back to our boards. We put on our gear comprised of coveralls, face mask, goggles and gloves. We kind of look like a bunch of minions. We head to the start of the descent after getting the instructions from David. I am a little nervous as the incline from up here can be intimidating. We do no see the bottom as the second half has an even stronger incline. I go first while the others watch. It is pretty fun and I start picking up some speed. Halfway down I feel the incline difference and pick up more speed, I feel rocks flying around me hitting my goggles. I'm glad I have them. Near the bottom my board gets full of rocks and sand and slows down my board to a stop. I have to empty my board before slowing descending the last part of the descent. This was fun. Too bad it's another 45 minutes to get back up.

    We put all our gear away, have a snack and head back to town. We stop for a beer to celebrate surving another adventure 🍻. We exchange contact information with David as he took photos of us and will share them.

    We head back to the hostel to pack our stuff and get ready. We are going to San Jorge for the night. We will sleep there before heading to an island the next day.

    Today is a really windy day. When we arrive at San Jorge we see the trees go sideways and the waves on the lake nearby are about 5 feet high. We try to find a restaurant after checking in our Hostel and find nothing of interest as ther is way too much wind by the water. We decide to dine at the Hostel restaurant. We have pizza and beer 🍕🍻. Tonight we go to bed early watching the Grammy's for a little while.
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  • Day27

    Volcano attempt number two

    January 29, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    I hiked up a live volcano and then slid down the side of it on volcanic ash on a wooden board at a 45 degree angle!!

    Never thought I would do that! The lawyer in me is saying an extreme sport will not be covered by insurance and is this a good idea!

    I did ask alot of questions though after the last debacle!

    This is the only place in the world where you can do this so I think it is a must. The volcano is Cerro Negro and it is one of the youngest and most active volcanoes in Central America.

    We set off at 6.30am in a four wheel drive and everyone had a proper seat! An hour's drive and then we start hiking. Check out my board!

    It wasn't too bad but it is abit slippery climbing over the loose volcanic rocks.

    Going early we miss the heat and the crowds. Its very windy at the top though. On go the protective suit, gloves and goggles and we are ready!
    Leaning back makes you go faster and you keep your heels on the ash as you go down.

    Some people can clock up speeds of 100km. The record is 175km on a bike but the guy that did that broke both his arms legs collarbone and various other bones on his first attempt when his bike broke in half!

    It was so much fun and I wanted to go faster but couldn't lift my heels up high enough! The guide said he was very impressed with my run! Some people didn't slide much at all and others only half way down. We all got covered in ash though with lots of grit and little rocks in our hair.

    Totally exhausted though. After getting lunch we set off for Granada about three hours away.

    Once in Granada we get the most extensive and comprehensive safety briefing so far! Basically never go anywhere alone, if out at night get a taxi, if you go out at night beware of everyone, don't use any ATM that doesn't have an armed guard, only venture three blocks down the main street, avoid side streets, particularly the one that runs right pass the hotel!!, don't walk through any park after 5pm and then a list of alot of places you can't go near and a list of other places where you can go but you must get the hell out of there before 4.30 when its starts to go bad!

    We are all wondering if the hotel is the best place to spend our time!

    We head out for dinner and the main street and square are very lively. We have a great meal sitting outside with lots of street entertainment.

    An excellent day!!


    The crater at the top of the volcano
    What we climbed up
    Protective gear blown up by the wind
    What we saw as we started our slide!
    Down we go!
    Off I go!!
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  • Day27

    More volcano shots

    January 29, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Little people at the top of the volcano
    We walked across here with high winds
    Lovely natural colour
    A little person on my shoulder
    You can see the sliding path on the volcano
    About to do a backflip right off the volcano - you can't tell but it was a sheer drop and quite windy!

  • Day355

    Extreme bucket list - 2#

    August 23, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    CNN veröffentlichte 2014 eine Liste von extremen Dingen, die man tun kann. Dabei waren Dinge wie, im Glaskasten in einen Krokodilteich versenkt zu werden, der Stierlauf in Pamplona oder mit dem Weißenhai schwimmen. All die Sachen liegen hinter Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua.
    Der Vulkan, an dem das stattfindet, ist der Cerro Negro (de.: schwarzer Gipfel). Der jüngste Vulkan Nicaraguas und erst vor ein paar Jahren mit einem neuen Krater ausgebrochen.
    Berühmtheit erlangte er erstmals, als ein Franzose mit einem Fahrrad den Vulkan runter ist, einen neuen Geschwindigkeitsrekord aufstellte und sich fast alle Knochen brach, weil es sein Rad zerlegte. Seit dem hat sich das Volcano Boarding entwickelt. Auf einem Brett geht es denn gleichen Hang runter, den besagter Franzose gewählt hat. Das ich das mache steht irgendwie außer Frage, oder? Dabei habe ich es zum einen ohne Brüche überlebt und zum anderen auf 55km/h gebracht.

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  • Day52

    Volcano Bording Cerro Negro

    February 17, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The real reason why most backpackers come to Leon are probably the surrounding volcanoes and the fact that you can slide down Volcano Cerro Negro on a wooden board.
    I was pretty freaked out about this activity as I thought people were standing on the board and I had no idea how to do that. But as I didn't wanna miss out I signed up anyway and was pretty happy to find out we were actually sitting on the boards.
    I booked the tour with Big Foot Hostel which I figured later was probably one of the most expensive operators. But they claim to have the fastest boards and included in the price was a T-shirt, a beer, a mojito and a dry and hard cookie :) Oh, and we had music on the truck ride to the volcano. I guess it was the Party Tour operated by the biggest Party Hostel in town but I actually enjoyed the vibe of the tour a lot - this was an activity to not be taken to serious so the whole party atmosphere just worked pretty well with it.
    So after a truck ride with the mentioned music we were dropped of at the foot of the volcano and got out equipment which we had to carry up there. The board is really just a wooden board with a sheet of metal on the back and another special sheet of some material on the backside approximately where you put weight on the board. This is supposed to be the secret that makes you faster. Additionally to the board everybody gets a backpack with the jumpsuit you gonna wear on the way down.
    They made it sound to be a pretty steep walk up the volcano and try to convince you to pay a guide to carry up your board. But after Acatenango the climb up was a fairly easy walk and it took us less than an hour.
    Once up on the volcano you catch a look into the main crater before getting ready to rush down again. The crater was pretty impressive and the earth up here was so hot - not from the sun but from the inside.
    No it was time to go down. We put on our jumpsuits which are one size so I felt like I was wearing one of these "blow-up-sumo-suits".
    We got a short introduction on how to use the boards. The main advice was to not try to brake once you are really fast. It's just gonna throw you over. You could try to just not become to fast by leaving your feet on the ground on both sides next to the board but once you have made the decision to lift your feet you kind have to keep going till the end. You gonna stop there anyway.
    We were over 30 people and even though I didn't wanna be first I knew I wanted to get down there without waiting to long. So I took my space as third in my row and that proofed to be the right decision.
    I hadn't seen anybody crash when I got on my board so I was pretty confident and just went without to much fear. It was probably one of the craziest things I've done so far. As soon as I was on the straight part I just tried to lift my feed and from there it didn't feel like I had a lot of control over what was happening. I rushed down the volcano kind of jumping and sliding and even though I couldn't keep my feet in the air it didn't slow me down that my feet were bouncing to the ground all the time. I even managed to let go with one hand to wave at the camera half way down :)
    I loved it and according to the guy with the speed gun I had 55km/h at the foot of the volcano. Knowing that the record is 95km/h and the record of our group was 71km/h it sounds pretty lame but it definitely didn't feel slow and thinking about a car with 55km/h and then seeing the wooden board and the volcano it was probably fast enough.
    Once I was down there it was great fun to watch the others coming down. Actually a lot of people crashed (but noone got really hurt) or went really slow because something wasn't working for them. So I was pretty happy I went down as one of the firsts because after seeing all this I would have probably thought about it a lot more. And of course it's a far better view from down there to watch people :)
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  • Day14

    Vulkan Cerro Negro

    September 6, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Mit dem Bigfoot Hostel ging es heute zum Vulkanboarden!
    Auf Lastern wurden wir zum Vulkan transportiert und wanderten dann circa 1h nach oben. War gar nicht ohne mit dem Board und dem Anzug im Gepäck hoch zu klettern. Zwischendurch hatten wir genug Zeit für Fotos und den tollen Ausblick! Oben angekommen ging der Blick erstmal auf die Piste nach unten. Sah steiler aus als gedacht! Wir waren super aufgeregt und hatten ziemlichen Respekt vor der Geschwindigkeit nach unten. Die Fahrt nach unten war dann ziemlich cool! Eine unglaubliche Erfahrung! Wer kann schon behaupten einen Vulkan heruntergerutscht zu sein?Read more

  • Day36

    Cerro Negro

    December 10, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Schwarzer Hügel, so schaut er auch aus der schwarze Vulkan inmitten einer grünen Landschaft.

    Wir waren heute Sandboarden. Ähnlich wie Bobfahren nur ohne Schnee☺
    Um 8 gings schon los mit dem Jeep zum Fuße des Cerro Negro. 45 Minuten Aufstieg, ausgerüstet mit Schutzbekleidung und dem Sandboard. Die Aussicht vom Kraterrand - ein Traum.
    Und dann rein in die Schutzkleidung und los gehts, sitzend auf dem Sandboard hinunter. Hatte anfangs richtig Angst, schaut verdammt steil aus. Aber die 25$ haben sich gelohnt, war wirklich lustig.
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  • Day131

    León , Vulcanboarding - Cerró Negro

    December 30, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Ich hatte eigentlich ziemlich Schiss auf den Vulkan zu steigen bei Hitze und dann da runter zu sausen auf Holzboards, aber es scheint allen cool zu erscheinen. Mit dem Operator unserer zukünftigen Sprachfamilie mit Manuel und dem Studenten Israel als Führer fuhren wir wegen ner Panne erst ne std. Später zum Vulkan. Die Bretter bei starkem Wind den 726 m. hohen Vulkan hochzutragen ist schwer. Jeder trägt seinen Rucksack mit Overall, Tauerbrille und Schutz und Wasser. Schon ziemlich bald bat ich Israel mir mein Board zu tragen es ist schwer bei Wind zu halten. Der Aufstieg war anstrengend, aber nicht unendlich. Wunderschön hoben sich auf der Berg Kuppe die winzigen Menschen ab, die auch den Aufstieg machen , viele Gruppen. Oben sahen wir uns den Krater an, der sehr tief ist und schaurig qualmt, das Gestein ist ganz heiß, darauf kann man kochen. Schließlich wurde es ernst, ich könnte bei Angst auch runterrennen durch die Asche. Es warteten zuviele oben um endlich an die Reihe zu kommen abzufahren. Es sah sehr steil aus, ich sah nicht einmal die ganze Abfahrt, ich wurde kurz schwach vor Angst. Dann sah ich aber Frauen langsam runterfahren, man bremst mit den Füßen. Manche fuhren auch unkontrolliert runter. Jedenfalls schwitzen wir enorm im Overall, durch die Brille konnte ich kaum was sehen, aber keine wollte tauschen. Endlich kam ich an die Reihe und fuhr einigermaßen kontrolliert langsam runter, Israel rannte daneben fast schneller runter. Glücklich unten angekommen, geschafft. Die nette Familie aus Costa Rica auch, obwohl der 20jährige Sohn sich den Arm aufgeschrammt hatte, weil er zu schnell fahren wollte . Aber gute Laune alle. Wir kamen rechtzeitig um 1 zum Hostel und fuhren mit dem Shuttle endlich um 3 zum Strand Las Penitas, zum Hotel Belga Loca. Leider ohne Strom. Zum Glück nur bis 19 Uhr. Schönes Zimmer und sind im Comedor Berta super Essen gegangen.Read more

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