Volcano Boarding Is Just Slightly Insane
Racing down an active volcano at 30 mph on a little piece of wood is really fun! But volcano boarding can also be a bit dangerous, as I was about to find out.
Crashing into sharp volcanic rocks at that speed will leave a mark (or ten).
Cerro Negro (Black Hill) is an active volcano outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It’s a relatively new one at only 161 years old. Because the cone is primarily made up of small penny-sized grains of volcanic rock, it’s possible to ride or surf down the steep slope on a wooden sled.
Hiking The Volcano
To start this adventure, we strapped boards to our backs and began to ascend the 2388 ft. (728 m) black mountain of loose rock. The hike up lasts about 45 minuets.
The day was extremely windy which made for a refreshing hike without too much sweating on this black natural oven. But when we approached the top the wind became TOO strong!
Our boards began acting like sails, the wind pushing us all over the place like rag-dolls. The whole group had to hit the deck to avoid getting swept off the top all together.
I’ve never felt so much wind before!
After several minutes hugging the ground, the gusts finally died down and we were able to continue to the “drop zone“.