Carrying just enough supplies for the day, and joined by Fieldbase boys Ross ‘Menzie’ McKenzie and today’s guest blogger ‘Cowboy’ Tom (complete with dodgy Movember facial hair and silly hat), the team made light work of the first part of the climb. Man these X-Ray 1 guys are in good shape!
However, as the morning wore on, the temperature rose and the altitude increased, the pace began to slow. Mercy for Tom and Ross! More frequent and longer breaks were required to fill the lungs with oxygen and to fully appreciate the breathtaking views east to the glorious Caribbean. By this time we were well above the clouds which made for some stunning vistas as you can see from the photos below.
Despite the huge effort required to conquer the sheer ascent, X-Ray 1 nailed the climb and we lapped up the atmosphere as we reached the crater’s edge. The proximal view of enormous bellows of sulphurous gas surging into the blue above and the thunderous rumblings coming from beneath our feet certainly justified the exertion. What an awe-inspiring place and an exhilarating feeling to be that close to such dynamic volcanic activity. Happy days!
Muchas gracias to X-Ray 1 for sharing such an epic day with us and I look forward to catching up with them again for their next food drop on Friday evening.
Ciao for now, enjoy the photos!
The first 100m complete... time for the first break
Barney ´Blue Steel´Flowers
Ross instinctively strikes his ´the beach is that way´pose
A bit of indigestion there Molly... regretting taking the cheese sauce challenge last night? Thought so...
Millie clocks up fall number 487 for the day
X to the 1 baby!
Gas masks... we don´t need no stinking gas masks......okay, fine - maybe we do... we still look cool though right?! Ah, well... at least it takes the attention away from Erni ;)
Jump up really high if you haven´t washed for five days
Tom ´Selleck´Blindell... your guest blogger