So naturally we chose to increase the crater and move camping nearby.
To begin with, allow me to tell you a tiny bit about the volcano. Even the Santiaguito Crater is a really active lava dome that’s a portion of the bigger Santa Maria Volcano system.
In 12,375 ft tall, Santa Maria Volcano reluctantly exploded in 1902, blowing the entire Southern side of this mountain, leading to one of the greatest eruptions of the 20th century and killing over 10,000 individuals.
Ash from that huge eruption was discovered 2500 miles away from San Francisco.
Inside my photograph of Santa Maria underneath, you may observe the outcomes from this substantial 1902 burst.
Even the Santiaguito lava dome was made in the wake of the blast. Ever since that time, it has been erupting every couple of hours on a normal basis for the previous 80 decades.
I truly wanted to increase this volcano and then get as near the action as I could. However, it would not be simple, and likely quite dangerous also.
A 8 hours scale using 40lb traveling backpacks and swimming in an older dormant underwater port, directly alongside the ACTIVE crater itself.
This wasn’t a standard tourist action.
Just CRAZY men and women would try to increase and camp around the real erupting volcano . .
But with just a small couch surfing magical, I was able to round 6 up mad individuals to connect me. There was one hiking firm that was ready to bring up people on the busy region of the volcano .
Nevertheless it took a couple of hours to monitor one of those sole seasoned guides who knew the path, since it had been a particularly demanding and dangerous increase.
To attain our mission of attaining the peak of Volcano Santiaguito, we would need to increase, scramble, bushwhack, and scale (occasionally vertical!) Segments of”course” to the vast majority of the excursion.
All of this with complete trekking backpacks packed with 6 gallons of water every day, also everything we’d require for two days on a bare volcano.
After prepping for your trip, the group set outup, Volcano Santa Maria to the first two hours of this trek.
Approximately 5 hours into the trip, we’re tired . Stashing additional water to purify our loads, alongside the machete we no longer desired, we started climbing up the lava dome .
It seems like we have left planet Earthand so are currently walking in the lunar surface. Everything is coated in a thick coating of ash, which makes the entire landscape colorless.
Steam is growing through ports at the floor. Clouds and fog are all going in all over us, occasionally making it impossible to see over 10 feet forward.
However, the dome isn’t totally dead, you will find odd plants with giant leaves and also green-yellow moss mysteriously rising from this ash.
Eventually we hit our final obstacle prior to reaching the best: Just a 30 foot vertical stone rise .
Together with all our heavy packs, without any ropes.
Oh, which stone you believe you are capturing for? It is actually only a mound of ash which falls apart once you place any weight on it. Interesting!
However, with laser-guided attention, careful testing of hand-holds, and robust communication, all people firmly get it to the summit.
Over the previous 8 hours that our group of complete strangers has become a remarkable group — everybody watching one another’s back.
Well, following the emotionally & physically exhausting afternoon of technical & difficult scaling, we have been treated to a hell of an Unbelievable view:
Volcano Santiaguito begins yelling like a jet engine because it unleashes it has power. Ash gets chucked 200 meters to the atmosphere, and avalanches of stones go over a side to the abyss below.
It was crazy! The entire eruption procedure lasted perhaps 5-10 minutes.
After conducting Mother Nature’s unbelievably raw display of energy we constructed a fire in our sunken landscape with bits and pieces of timber which we carried up strapped into our backpacks.
It was beginning to become dark, and that there has been a long, chilly, and intriguing night beforehand.
Once the sun disappeared we can hear bats squeaking round in the atmosphere .
It had been too dim to understand that time — but there was a fresh surprise…
It had been a ash blizzard! The end had shifted directions and we had been coated in a nice layer of grey ash.
Our fatigue and the whisky shortly begun to kick in though, and all 7 people crammed into a 5 man tent.
It had been chilly, rainy, cramped, and also our next-door neighbor loudly spanned two or 3 times within the duration of the day.
It is hard to sleep alongside a roaring jet engine.
Hiking on the Lively CraterView in the SummitShould We Actually Be Doing so?
However, the experience was not over! The following morning at 5am we moved across the edge of the down and up to satisfy our neighbor person.
Scrambling down over steep stones, calling out to each other when loose boulders went rolling , we left it into a tiny valley with all the busy port.
From that point it had been UP and ONTO the exact busy Santiaguito crater itself!
Although we weren’t really on the negative that frequently got hit rock slips, our nerves were on edge.
Volcanoes are proven to be somewhat inconsistent, even after all.
On the very best, in the lip of the active crater, enormous sulfur fumes enveloped us. We wrapped bandanas or even t-shirts about our faces to aid with the overpowering odor.
Sunrise across the VolcanoPreparing For Your Worst
Regrettably early morning clouds and fog surrounded usso we just got fleeting glimpses to the crater itself.
Crazy Charlie told me when the volcano drifted while we were about it,” we ought to lay flat around the side of the crater’s edge, to steer clear of any projectile stones from the inside (they’d fly ).
Fortunately we did not need to undergo this crisis firsthand…
Finally it was time to package up everything and begin the grueling 8 hour journey back into culture. And receive all the volcanic ash from our clothing.
Hey there! It has been 9 years since I hiked up and camped out alongside Volcano Santiaguito Crater at Guatemala back in 2010. A whole lot has changed since I embarked on this mad experience.