31 responses

  1. revestring
    August 28, 2014

    is there a possiblity of hitting an large object enough to seriously injury you at the end of the road?

    • Matthew Karsten
      September 1, 2014

      No, the area at the bottom is huge & wide open. There’s nothing to run into. Except maybe other people.

  2. Rich
    July 25, 2014

    I’ll be there in a few weeks and while I’m a bit intimidated by the 41 degree slope, I can’t wait!!!

    • Matthew Karsten
      August 23, 2014

      Yup, much steeper than I was expecting. Have fun, and try not to crash…

  3. Dave
    January 30, 2014

    I’m going this morning, but wish I hadn’t seen your video and read about the girl in the Comments below who broke her ankle! I still can’t figure out how everyone who brings a backpack and nice cameras gets them down if they go on the sleighs. Do the guides carry that stuff back for you?

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 30, 2014

      It’s really not that bad if you control yourself, which is easy to do with your feet. At least up until a point. But if you go gangbusters, it can get a bit wild.

      Some people prefer to run down. Maybe you could get one of them to bring your stuff? But really, everyone I was with just risked it. I burned a hole in my backpack when I leaned back. Make sure to bring extra padding (towel, shirts, etc.) to wrap a camera in. Can’t wait to see the photos or video!

      • Dave
        January 30, 2014

        I ended up packing light (no backpack), and whatever we had with us at the top (empty water bottle), we just put in the bags we used to carry our suits up, and hung it around our neck. I kept my iPhone in a Lifeproof case, and kept that in my pocket. Others with backpacks for their cameras had to position them between their legs.

        The fastest guy from our group hit around 75km/h, then wiped out hard and lost his glasses. Amazingly, he ran back up and found them. The fastest girls were on the 2-person sled, and also went 75, and wiped out hard too.

        Watching them tumble, I wondered if our guide had any medical training. I know a lot of people have broken bones over the years (like your reader who broke her ankle). I didn’t mind playing it safe, it was still a lot of fun.

        And yes, you can do a walking tour and skip the whole boarding thing. I saw a group running down the volcano before we started our hike up it.

  4. Morad Echarkaoui
    January 26, 2014

    Sorry dude… I have to admit I laughed my ass off when you screamed “holy shit !”. What a ride ! Keep that strong spine.

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 27, 2014

      No worries Morad. I’m sure you weren’t the only one!

  5. Sam D
    May 6, 2013

    Love it! pity its not like snowboarding although I am still pretty hopeless at that! Its fun though

  6. Daniel
    May 5, 2013

    Matt, I think you have bigger huevos than I ! We did the hike up Cerro Negro 5 years ago but when we got to the top, the downward slope seemed so steep that it freaked us out. We gingerly walked down !

    • Matthew Karsten
      May 5, 2013

      I completely understand Daniel. That slope is much longer and steeper than I thought it would be…

      But I was on a mission. :)

  7. E
    April 9, 2013

    What song is used in the video ?

  8. nikki wynn
    January 30, 2013

    This has been on my bucket list for a long while. Now I have added a side note of bring a helmet and don’t stand up.

    • Matthew Karsten
      February 1, 2013

      haha. Yes! Remember to lean back as far as you possibly can too. That’s important for speed. :D

  9. James Abroad
    November 12, 2012

    Looks like you were speeding pretty fast before that crash! No helmets or safety pads? Excellent job with all the angles and video editing too.

  10. Jennifer Beagan
    March 6, 2012

    Yep, from that killer wipeout I had! I bought some crutches and continued on the rest of my trip. When I finally got home, I had numerous x-rays & an MRI then got sent to a specialist who tells me I fractured the cartilidge inside my ankle bone and tore a couple tendons. Its quite painful! So much fun but something like this would happen to me haha. I wish you would’ve caught my fall on tape! I would love to see it from a spectator’s view!

  11. Jennifer Beagan
    March 1, 2012

    I’m still being haunted by Cerro Negro! Matthew, remember the girl who had to hop around on one foot with the banged up leg/ ankle staying at the Tortuga hostel with you?? Thats me! haha. Back home, waiting on surgery still! Hope your travels went well! :)

    • Matthew Karsten
      March 1, 2012

      Hi Jennifer! Surgery from your fall there??? Crazy! What’s the diagnosis?

  12. Hilary
    February 23, 2012

    Looks like you had such a great time! I didn’t pick up nearly as much speed as you did but I’d happily do it again!

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Mike
    October 18, 2011

    Yes, I will go sliding down a hill side of sharp volcanic rock. Yes, I will bleed. yes, I will love my scars…like i’m sure you do!! Must’ve been a great ride!

    • Matthew Karsten
      October 19, 2011

      It was! The scars are worth it. You’ll love it. :D

  14. Kyan
    July 19, 2011

    I couldn’t stop myself from laughing when I read the discretion about the lost control part. I could imagine a person slamming a rock. Very amazing.

  15. Julia
    April 19, 2011

    That looks seriously awesome! Despite the battle wounds, I would still be tempted to have a go (and maybe be a bit wimpy and go a bit slower than you!) :)

    • Matthew Karsten
      April 19, 2011

      Scars are cool. At least that’s what I’ve been told.

  16. Sofia – As We Travel
    March 11, 2011


    I love sledding, I couldn’t get enough of it in Bergün, but I’ve never tried it on rocks, let alone on a volcano!

    • Matthew Karsten
      March 12, 2011

      My up-close & personal experience: rocks are hard. ;)

  17. Stephanie
    March 10, 2011

    Great description of the experience. I cannot wait for the video!

    • Matthew Karsten
      March 11, 2011

      Coming soon!

  18. The Curmudgeon
    March 9, 2011

    A hike of 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. You’ve never hiked with the “Busy Bees” have you?
    You’re quite lucky. Your scars are nothing compared to mine. I endured mental scarring. That’s worse. They are only healed by homemade pies, which I haven’t seen yet. I hope you never have to encounter those two. You’d better send a machete home for me.

  19. Gabe
    March 7, 2011

    So awesome man!!! hahahaha. Lovin’ it!

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