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The mountain is 2,820 meters high.

There are various stages the scree stage, the rock stage and the ice stage.

To make it to the top and back again, you must got through all stages taking a total of around 6 hours.


Despite protestations of my fitness in the pub the night before, this trek is more difficult than it seems.

After 4 hours sweat and a packet of chocolate biscuits, we make it to the mouth of the volcano which is puffing gently.

Here’s one of the views from the top.


The next stage is the slide down the ice bit.
Because your pants are special, with a little help from your ice pick you can slide right the way down the iceysnowyglacier, ice covered side.

This is nice and easy and everyone enjoys themselves getting snow in their pants and crashing into each other.


After the ice comes the scree.

Being difficult to climb, scree is used to speed your descent.

The scree slippage aiding you on your downward path.

Good fun except you get rock dust in your eyes and face.

The views are good, perhaps the best I’ve seen in Chile. Better than Snowdon.


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