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Volcano Boarding

Slide Down The 1600 Ft Slope of Cerro Negro Volcano at 50 mph

— April 29, 2009 — Lifestyle
We've covered sandboarding in the Sahara, now we're cranking up the heat on extreme sports and focusing on volcano boarding in Leon, Nicaragua - yes, adventure travel gets that hot!

"Standing atop an ominous live volcano, she describes the experience of hurtling down the 1600 foot slope of Cerro Negro Volcano at speeds of up to 50 mph on merely plywood reinforced with metal rails on the bottom and sides," SwipeLife details. "Natives of the land are familiar with this activity, but this craze has sprawled out and attracted backpacking adventure-seekers from all corners of the world."

The volcano boarders don bright orange jumpsuits and slide down the black ash mountain on what look like crazy carpets.

"After a lot of trial and error with sledding vessels — he tried boogie boards, mattresses and even a minibar fridge he settled on plywood reinforced with metal and augmented with Formica under the seat," NY Times writer Laura Siciliano-Rose wrote about Darryn Webb.

Webb is the Australian founder of Bigfoot Hostel, who took his childhood memories of sandboarding in Queensland to the dark slopes of Cerro Negro.

Well, you can add volcano boarding on my list of crazy things to do!