Joseph Campbell suggested that the West's dominate attitude towards nature was set in motion in the opening pages of the Old Testament, when Adam was appointed master over the flora and fauna. The Fall was man's separation from harmony with nature, and since that day, men have climbed, crossed, caught, killed, carved, and generally conquered every natural thing under the heavens. So it is no surprise that when Cerro Negro, the youngest volcano in Central America, reached a height barely larger than a mound, somewhere man was devising a plan to sublimate it.
Volcano boarding sounds more exciting than it is. Like most downward adventures---skiing, BASE jumping, surfing---the bulk of the challenge is getting to the top. The launch is all gravity. In the case of Cerro Negro, a half-hour shuttle ride from León is followed by a forty-minute hike up the mountain. The subsequent 700m trip down is not much different from winter sledding, except that instead of the gentle tickle of melting snowflakes on your cheek you get a face full of rocks pelting you at 70 kph that will remain in your teeth long after the thrill of the ride remains in your memory.