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The Climb to the Crater (Louisiana’s Health & Fitness)

April 14, 2015 by  
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I awakened at 4 a.m. to meet my local guide and take a bus out of Moyoagalpa. Six miles down the bumpy road, the driver pulled over and let us out in the middle of nowhere. The bus climbed the hill until its lights disappeared in the darkness. We strapped on backpacks, turned off our flashlights and headed down a rocky path into the jungle.

I had come to Nicaragua for a week to cycle, visit colonial cities and hike through jungles. But the highlight of my trip was going to be scaling a 6,000-foot-high active volcano in the middle of the jungle in the middle of an island in the middle of a lake in the middle of Nicaragua. Volcan ConcepciĆ³n has erupted at least 25 times since 1883, the last time in 2010 when it spit out a huge cloud of ash. I hoped this wasn’t the day it decided to erupt again.

Read the full article in Louisiana’s Health & Fitness.

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