Resting on Crater Hike
This is a photo of a friend as we stopped to rest and admire the beauty of the crater. If you look to the right, you will catch a glimpse of the greenery way below. I've hiked the crater a lot, and discovered the weather conditions change frequently, so one has to be prepared with a rain poncho and layered clothing. When I took this photo, the misty clouds had just began drifting across the crater whereas a moment before, the view was clear.
And yes, Nathalie, we were lucky to win the cabin ONE time! Most of our hikes, however, are day hikes--in and out. The elevation is high, so one has to be in good condition, especially if you hike all the way down through Kaupo Gulch as my partner and his buddies like to do in one day. Few people do this arduous hike starting at the top and down through Kaupo in one day and split it up in two, but my partner and his friends are amazing hikers. With this group I have hiked the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal, the Na Pali Coast trail on Kauai, and other tough hikes.