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brenno
2011-05-04 20:22:56
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Mount Etna - March 2001
Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at 3345 metres and differs from the likes of Vesuvius and Stromboli having multiple craters. Etna is always smoking and has periodic major eruptions, the last big one was in 2003 when a major lava flow destroyed the cable car from the main access point at the south of the mountain at 1910 metres, Rifugio Sapienza. To go anywhere on the mountain beyond the top of the cable car at 2500 metres you must go with a guide. and from here it's a 4X4 trip to the highest point accessible to guided hikers 2920 metres. Getting higher on the mountain and particularly to the Cratere Centrale at 3345 metres depends on the prevailing volcanic conditions and sadly this time we couldn't go any higher. From 2920 metres you contour around the mountain to the latest lava flow (2005) and from there weave your way down the mountain past fumaroles, various lava flows and eventually back down to the bottom of the cable car. One note of warning, underfoot conditions on the lava flows are very rough and jagged and my boots got a fair shredding. Having done a couple of years geology back in the year dot, this was fascinating and not demanding hike (all downhill) but you need to watch your feet on the lava fields - if you trip and land on your hands you'll shred them! Add in the wonderful food and wine in Sicily and the Aeolian islands and it was a fabulous week of hiking, eating and drinking. For info made my own way to Catania with Aer Lingus and then linked with a trip by Exodus
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Rossmore Island: Not a great walking place.
simon3 19 hours ago.
Visiting this island by foot, bike or car is easy but essentially the road is surrounded by private properties giving no access to the coastlineThe highpoint is pronably reachable but didn't look ...

  
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Croghan Hill: In the Steps of Old Croghan Man
ladyhawke1003 2 days ago.
Croghan Hill is one of the main reasons I came to Ireland. I am researching Old Croghan Man for a book. Even with Mel's precise directions we had a little trouble finding the community centre. It ...

  
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Ascent through King's Mountain gully
jpuigsegur 20 hours ago.
This is a solo ascent to the peak close to King's mountain from Glencar Valley. It was inspired by track 1337, but climb walk, Len: 4.6km, Climb: 379m, Area: Dartry Mountains (Ireland)

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Great Saltee Island: Bird's Glare
simon3 4 days ago.
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Sheep's Head Ramble...
Onzy 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 8.4km, Climb: 237m, Area: Cork Islands (Ireland)

  
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Free Bus Service in the Nephew Begs
madfrankie 2 days ago.
This from The Wild Nephew Beg Mountains Facebook page: The new free bus service is up and running that was set up to ferry people around the Nephin beg wilderness, So far take up on the bus has be...

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Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 a week ago.
Fantastic walk, personally feel it's best starting your approach from Glenbeigh village and heading up through the forest as it's quite well signposted. Once leaving the cover of the trees, we wer...

  
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Near Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountains (Ireland)
jackill 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 518m, Area: Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountain...

  
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Cnoc Lios Uachtair: Connemara in the round
fieldoptic a week ago.
An easy to access and navigate hill, well worth it for its central position and views in every direction. Park as previously suggested at L8530 4820 and head north east before swinging north. The ...

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Fermoy Scouts night hike
jackill 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 19.5km, Climb: 928m, Area: Shannon (Ireland)

  
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Cnoc Mordáin: Long Connemara Summer Evening
fieldoptic a week ago.
Though the road near L88003920 appears unfenced you will encounter a fence very soon after leaving the road. This fence extends along this back road, Bothar na Scrathóg and keeps cattle in typical...

  
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The Sturrall
Peter Walker 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 268m, Area: Donegal Islands (Ireland)


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