New Year's Eve 2000 Volcano Hike

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dressed to hike

on the way up

more snow as
we get higher

below the

getting colder

2 beautiful sites

near the top we
met a mountain
biker from the US

Annette and the
crater lake

Tim a bit giddy
at 15,000+ feet

decending into
the crater

cold self-portrait

north-west face

panorama near
the last outpost

trail panorama

looking down on
valley of Toluca

snowy fun

We saw that there was snow on the volcano and decided it would be fun to experience a little New Years eve day snow. Driving up the side of the volcano, the police stopped us saying, "For your own safety you may go no further." They were being a little over protective... there was only about 3/4 of an inch of snow.

So we decided to hike. It started out as a little adventure, but after getting into some untracked snow, we were hooked. We reached the summit, decended into the crater and past the 2 lakes inside and then decided to try an alternate decent on the north-west face.

After decending through a 30 minute blizzard of skin stinging pellet-like snow, we found ourselves in a beautiful area just below the treeline. We had been hiking for 4 1/2 hours at this point but were still exhuberant at the beauty around us.

Then we got lost, asked a cowboy who lived in a wooden shack for directions, and walked 1 1/2 hours more until we found our way back to a road where we hitched as ride to where we'd parked our car 6 hours before.

Today - January 1st, 2001 - we ache just about everywhere. But it was worth it <smile>

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