Barefoot hiking on a volcano

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  1. Visions Of Asia

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    In the series "barefooting across the world", this time, I climbed (partly) and went down (fully) the Taal Volcano, a caldera located near Manila in the Philippines.

    A lot of astonishment from local Filipinos who climb the volcano to guide tourists every day... in flip-flops!
    Magnificent views and excellent experience over a varied terrain. I was quite interested to do this "easy" hike to test myself with regards to a possible barefoot climb of mount Fuji, by next year. Conditioning with quite some heavy dose of barefoot running seems to do wonders to prepare for tougher terrain.

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    Beautiful! Is the water so green due to thick algae?
     
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    Yes. Originally, the whole caldera was filled with sea water, as a canal opened between Manila bay and the prehistoric volcano (estimated to be culminating at 18,000 feet) after its collapse. It filled with freshwater after the channel to the bay closed. Today, this is the smallest (311 meters) active volcano. Many poor families live on the volcano island properly said, and I cringe thinking that they would be the first victims in the case of an eruption.

    Interestingly, Taal Volcano is the largest Volcano within an island (Luzon) within another island (Volcano island). A quite marvelous unique natural feature, but also quite dangerous. When I visited in 2012, some vents were releasing steam... Today, the volcano seems largely calmer.

    On an anecdotal side, some luxury condos were promoted in Manila with the astounding view on Lake Taal... Not the best place to do a real estate investment, I would say.
     
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    What a beautiful way to go, or so the metaphor goes.

    Thank you for your explanation. Fascinating.
     
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    It's truly inspiring. Thank you
     
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