Ascent of Volcán Acatenango on 2000-04-15

Climber: Eric Peterson

Others in Party:Group
Date:Saturday, April 15, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Volcán Acatenango
    Elevation:13041 ft / 3974 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trip was taken with a group that was organized in Antigua. You are driven by a bus about half way to the top. From the trail head you walk with a group on a maintained trail. I think about the last 1 or 2 you walk on a trail that is approximately 2 feet wide. There is no threat of falling but the trail is lava rock that is crushed into small pieces. This is a very exhausting part of the hike. Once at the summit its hard to stay a long time due to the overwhelming sulfuric gas. You are able to crawl up to the edge and look down into the volcano, (there are no restrictions in Guatemala.) Interesting hike, just be prepared for the gas fumes.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Guide
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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