Basswood Climbs Volcan Santa Maria

Basswood said he climbed up to 12,000 yesterday climbing Volcan Santa Maria, which is a large active volcano in Western Guatemala near Quetzaltenango. He said the view from the top was breathtaking.

Wikipedia says there was a colossal eruption of the Santa Maria Volcano in 1902: "The eruption of Santa María Volcano in 1902 (VEI 6) was one of the three largest eruptions of the 20th century, after the 1912 Novarupta and 1991 Pinatubo eruptions. It is also one of the five biggest eruptions of the past 200 (and probably 300) years.

"Santa María Volcano is part of the Sierra Madre range of volcanoes, which extends along the western edge of Guatemala, separated from the Pacific Ocean by a broad plain."

The first recorded eruption of Santa Maria occurred in October of 1902:  "Before 1902 the volcano had been dormant for at least 500 years and possibly several thousand years, but its awakening was clearly indicated by a seismic swarm in the region starting in January 1902, which included a major earthquake in April 1902. The eruption began on 24 October, and the largest explosions occurred over the following two days, ejecting an estimated 5.5 cubic kilometres (1.3 cu mi) of magma." Wikipedia


Basswood is not sure if he is going to stay in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, at the language school that he has been attending, or if he will hitchhike around Guatemala for a while.  He says he can learn Spanish either way.