Racing down the volcano slope.
Assaulted by rubble and debris, I find it hard to see anything at all – despite wearing safety goggles. Small bits of lava have found their way into my shoes and overall. I guess I am doing around 35 to 40 mph, racing down Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro volcano. Suddenly, my board starts to lurch; and when I adjust my centre of gravity for better balance – I immediately do a somersault.
A mere hour or so ago, I had joined 13 other participants at the foot of the Cerro Negro to pick up an orange tote and overall, check my water supply and grab a bespoke volcano sled – a narrow wooden board featuring three low-lying cross braces to support my feet and back for balance.
Add a piece of plastic for extra speed and you have a simple, yet effective sledding device, as I was to find out later.