I am not a climber (first time) and found this quite difficult in places, stupidly because I was wearing shoes that had very little grip and I was expecting more of a gentle uphill walk. The altitude going up to the top of the crater affected my breathing much more than I thought it would, although it was fine when we walked around the rim - even though there are some steep points along there to - peak has an altitude of 9116 feet. In general I did not realize the volcano would be so steep in places.In total it took us about 5 and a half hours to walk up to the top of the crater then around the rim. As another reviewer said, it is essential you turn right when you get to the top and go around the rim anti clockwise. Fortunately we had a cool partly cloudy day - I would not want to do this climb in the heat or rain - in actual fact it could make it quite dangerous. It is also absolutely essential you take at least 1 litre of water plus energy snacks. In general climbing up was OK, coming down, or sliding down, was the difficult part for me!
The views from the top are fantastic and you feel a real sense of achievement, once you have come down. I see on a website that the climb is rated as challenging - I can certainly see why. Overall a great experience and one I would recommend doing if only once!
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