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21 September 2011: Cerro La Campana, 1880m Walk Chile, September 2011
19 September 2011: Llaima, 3125m Skiing Chile, September 2011
17 September 2011: Villarrica, 2847m Skiing Chile, September 2011

Up to now, the most people we have seen on the volcanoes when touring has been 3.  Today, we were easily accompanied by 300.  Villarrica is popular anyway, but doing it on a Saturday, on National Independence Day, and in beautiful weather (after 2 days of minging weather), was obviously going to make it busy.  Low down we saw a lot of footprints on the piste, and it was only when we were a little higher up that we saw vast numbers of people walking up.  There were a few tourers, but mostly walkers.  Fair play to them, it would have been hard work!



At the crater rim, we could see right down into the vent.  No lava - I was a little disappointed.   Then there was a sound of an extremely large set of bellows, and a column of sulphurous gas shot into the air.  That made up for it!    Most people stop at the north side of the crater rim, but we wandered round to the summit, which was a bit smellier.   On one of the tops, I got a blast of gas - it really went for the back of the throat.   Again, stunning views all around.  We were getting used to it.

On the way down, we could see why most of the walkers in guided groups had little sledges with them.  There was a channel all the way down from the top, where they shot down it screaming their heads of with joy (I think).  It looked fun, and was slightly envious.  While being distracted by some of them, I was unaware that Helen had taken a tumble on a turn above me, and she joined the sledgers by sliding head first into me, then past me on the 35 degree slope.  After the initial shock, I pointed the skis straight downhill, but she was slowing down as I got infront of her, so no problem.  The rest of the descent was fun, without any head first sliding events.  Yet another one comfortably done! 

Heading up the upper tow.  It had been nicely pisted for us just minutes beforehand!
Warm and calm again.
The source of all of the footprints.
Apart from having a nicely colour jacket, this guy slid down the top slope twice on the ascent when it just got too steep for the skis.
The crater when we arrived.  You really wouldn't want to fall in there.
Particularly when it does this.
Happy volcano geek.
'Eruption?  What eruption?'
National Independence Day, with much flag waving, and in this case, some unsuccessful kite flying.
The view round to Volcan Lanin.
Me stomping round to one of the main summits.
Me getting gassed on the top.
Me with my ineffective anti-gas measures.
Steaming.
Panorama of the crater
On the way down the upper slope, with Helens rucksack indicating that she hadn't always been upright on this section.
Some nice snow on the upper section of the hill, but it was affected by the sun.
Taking the helmet off to cool down.
Almost back at the ski resort.
Heading down through the resort.
The view of Villaricca in the evening from our room!
The previous day we went for a very snowy walk to Lago Chico in Parque Nacional Huerquehue when the weather wasn't so good.  Luckily, someone else had broken trail today!
14 September 2011: Volcan Osorno, 2662m Skiing Chile, September 2011
12 September 2011: Lonquimay, 2865m Skiing Chile, September 2011
10 September 2011: Volcan Antuco, 2985m Skiing Chile, September 2011
07 September 2011: Nevados de Chillan, 3212m Skiing Chile, September 2011
06 September 2011: Volcan Chillan Nuevo, 3186m Skiing Chile, September 2011
05 September 2011: Termas de Chillan, Chile Skiing Chile, September 2011
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