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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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A New Hazard!
Aidy 6 hours ago.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45231987Never heard of this happening before.

  
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Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 7 hours ago.
Last Thursday (16/08/2018) a few friends and I decided to do a recce of a walk around Glentornan Lough. We started close to the Gaelic pitch on the southwestern shore of Lough Nacung Upper, passed...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman a day ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

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Meelin Hill, Brackloon and Knockafeehane
Bunsen7 a day ago.
A grand and simple waymarked trail for a day of low lying cloud.Park up at the post office beside the Tom Crean mini-p... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 343m, Area: Knockafeehane, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Kno

  
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Eagles Hill, Mullaghbeg, Beenrour
bogtrotter a day ago.
There?s plenty of room for parking at the cemetery at the top of Coad Road, near Castle Cove. From here we headed SW ... walk, Len: 21.6km, Climb: 825m, Area: Eagles Hill, Dunkerron Mountains (Irelan

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 a day ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

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Erris Head Loop
simon3 a day ago.
Simple walk to Erris Head. On the occasion we did it, there were dark clouds and big showers. walk, Len: 4.7km, Climb: 98m, Area: Erris Head Hill, Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland...

  
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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 a day ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

  
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Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 a day ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...

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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat 3 days ago.
Park at W20849 49704 at Coillte forest entrance just off the R586 Regional Road between Dunmanway and Drimoleague. Parking available for 6-8 cars. Follow forest road which is along line of disused...

  
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An Sli
Slier159 2 days ago.
Hello all,I am currently trying to organize a longs distance walk from Killarney to Derry city, using the existing National Waymarked Trails along the West coast. A 1,000km of Trail already exist ...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 4 days ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.


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