We went on the sole most challenging hike of our lives yesterday, summitting Volcán Concepción and coming down again safely. It wasn’t the longest hike we’ve gone on but it was terrifying; at one point I was sure I was about to fall a kilometre to my death, and at another point truly had my nerves act up to the point of near paralysis (not a great thing when 1550 meters up and off-path on a rock face!). I really don’t think I’d do it again, knowing how hard it is, but I’m immensely delighted to have gone up and down without serious incident, entirely because of the epically amazing guide we had to show us the way, provide assistance, and keep us safe.
Over the weekend we signed up for a pair of hikes for March. One will take us to one of the highest (and safest) points in Nicaragua1 — another challenging volcano hike! — and another calmer hike through the rainforest and along a series of waterfalls. I admit a little bit of trepidation over the first hike mostly because of the heat we’ll be walking through (and walking down young volcanos is always a bit slippery), but I’m also super excited summit Volcan Concepcion and take photos!
- The highest point is Pico Mogoton but the hike is made moderately dangerous by the presence of landmines that were laid in the war with the contras. ↩