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Aeolian Islands, Sicily - Stromboli
For anybody going hiking in the Aeolian Islands, the ultimate target is Stromboli – one of the most active volcanoes in the world and which has given its name to the geological term strombolian – when molten fountains of magma are spurted out of the crater at regular intervals.

Unlike the other volcanic destinations in the archipelago which involve easy climbs, Stromboli is a serious 924 metre climb up the cone directly from sea level any anybody doing the climb will need some of the gear they use in Ireland – even gaiters (more on gaiters later!), as well as being able to hike at steady Grade 2 pace.

You also have to bear in mind that you can’t just climb Stromboli, you have to go with a registered guide as part of a group – this is for safety reasons as this is a very active volcanoe and anybody wandering off the main tracks could be in real danger. Guided hikes usually start off around 5pm from Stromboli village with the aim of reaching the crater rim around 7.00-7.30pm for the natural firework show. Helmets, head torches etc and other gear are provided by the guiding companies if you haven’t got them yourself.

The trek up the mountain is at a steady Grade 2 pace, as the guided groups leave at specific time intervals to try and ensure that everybody will get at least 20 minutes at the top for the fireworks. You can walk unguided up 400 metres – through the macchia (macquis) to a viewing point overlooking the Sciara del Fuoco, where most the molten rock is discharged into and which slopes steeply down to the sea.

Beyond 500 metres and you are on the open cone of the mountain and it’s a steady zig-zag trek up to the high point of the crater rim at 924 metres. Our guide told us that you really have to be unlucky if Stromboli goes through one of its rare sleepy periods and certainly when we were up there we saw a series of amazing eruptions. The lava bomb in the picture is about 20 metres wide and was just one of half a dozen we saw.

For the descent gaiters are absolutely essential and not for the reasons we use them in Ireland, as the descent is very steep through very fine and deep volcanic sand which will soon fill your boots without gaiters. Even with gaiters, you’re going to need to empty your boots at the bottom of the mountain. One note of warning, people with respiratory ailments are recommended not to do this trek, the sand on the descent is so fine that face masks are only so much use!
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Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 6 hours ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

  
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Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman 6 hours ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

  
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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 6 hours ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

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Geevraun Point: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Located in an area of stunning coastlines this hill does not disappoint . A fantastic linear coastal walk exists from Beldberg Pier to Porturlin Pier well worth the effort but if you wish to visit...

  
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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 3 days ago.
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
The look out post 3 years after my first visit.

  
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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 5 days ago.
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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore 5 days ago.
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Horse Island: Mayo Island
sandman a day ago.
View of Horse Island from Geevraun Point.

  
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
A great loop walk in one of my favourite areas in the Pyrenees, which should have hardly taken more than 4h30 hadn't I m walk, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 892m, Area: France, Occitanie ()


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