This is one of the hikes of my life. In a troupe of scientists, porters and dogs we ascended a riverbed of ash and cinders, winding our way through the gushing river and up through many levels of jungle to arrive on a black ash plain. We earned our rest that night, taking about 5 hours to ascend to the base camp. Everything was so beautiful, lush, humid and just utterly foreign. Especially for us desert folk. It felt, again, like it was right out of Indiana Jones - I wondered if I'd get a dart in my neck at some point. All of that plus a volcano at the top - paradise!
Lucas flies his little quadcopter
Waves crash during a pretty big storm on our first night
All pics are below.