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Gran Cratere

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  • Day6

    Aufsteig auf den Vulkan

    September 24, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Abends schnüre ich dann nochmal die Wanderstiefel und mache mich los zum Vulkan. Lust habe ich ja keine, aber was muss das muss. Obwohl die Sonne um 17.30 Uhr schon ziemlich tief steht, ist es immer noch richtig heiß.
    Es gibt nur einen Weg hoch zum Gran Cratere und der besteht natürlich rein aus Lavasand. Ist also gut rutschig. Ich habe die ganze Zeit zwei ältere Damen vor mir, die mir immer mal wieder mitleidige Blicke zuwerfen, weil sie schon 50m weiter oben sind als ich. Das letzte Viertel des Aufsteigs ist nochmal extrem: ich muss komplett klettern, falle mehrmals fast und was aussieht wie steinharter Untergrund, bröckelt in Wirklichkeit unter den Fingern weg. Ich frage mich, wie man das als Touriwanderung verkaufen kann. Die Erkenntnis endlich ganz oben: tut man nicht. Die beiden Damen haben anscheinend eine ebenso ausgeprägte Orientierung wie ich und es irgendwo auf dem Weg nach oben geschafft falsch abzubiegen - von einem breiten Weg auf eine sandige Kletterwand. Wo das passiert sein soll und wie ich da einfach blind folgen konnte, ich kanns mir nicht erklären. Das erste was mich wirklich fasziniert, als ich oben ankomme, ist jedenfalls der gut ausgebaute Fußweg, der etwas weiter links und auch noch 50m weiter unten am Kraterrand mündet. Der ist dann aber übrigens auch ganz cool.Read more

  • Day119

    Vulcano

    February 23 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    40 minutes from Milazzo by hydro-plane, lies the island of Vulcano, where Africa smashes into the Eurasian plate, (which Africans are still doing.)
    True to form, the ancient Greek imaginative name was Thérmessa (source of heat). The island appeared in their myths as the private foundry of the Olympian god Hephaestus, the patron of blacksmiths.
    Similarly, the Romans believed that Vulcano was the chimney of the god Vulcan's workshop and therefore named the island after him. The island had grown due to his periodic clearing of cinders and ashes from his forge. The earthquakes that either preceded or accompanied the explosions of ash were considered to be due to Vulcan making weapons for the god Mars and his armies to wage war.
    The most recently active centre is the Gran Cratere at the top of the Fossa cone, the cone having grown in the Lentia Caldera in the middle of the island, and has had at least nine major eruptions in the last 6000 years.
    At the north of the island is Vulcanello (123 m (404 ft)), connected to the rest of it by an isthmus which is flooded in bad weather. It emerged from the sea during an eruption in 183 BCE as a separate islet. Occasional eruptions from its three cones with both pyroclastic flow deposits and lavas occurred from then until 1550, with the last eruption creating a narrow isthmus connecting it to Vulcano.
    I was one of the first visitors to arrive today, and consequently was able to wander around alone. Of course, the mud bath was closed but did not look as inviting as I thought it might be. Since one emerges from a dip smelling strongly of sulpher and not having shower facilities anywhere at my disposal, I passed on without indulging myself. One doesn't want to walk around smelling like hell.
    The island is famed, at least in the guide book, for its black beaches. If they had a radio show here it would be called Deserted Island Disks.
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  • Day3

    Vulcano

    May 14, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Mit seinen ca. 140.000 Jahren gehört Vulcano zu den jüngeren Inseln unseres Planeten. Vulcano ist dünn besiedelt (ca. 900 Personen leben hier) was sicher nicht zuletzt daran liegt, dass der gleichnamige Vulkan noch aktiv ist. Zuletzt ausgebrochen ist er Ende des 19. Jh. Ein Aufstieg empfiehlt sich auf jeden Fall - der Ausblick und die Risse aus denen Schwefeldampf aufsteigt, sind beeindruckend. Vulcano bietet auch einige (schwarze) Sandstrände die in der Nebensaison fast menschenleer sind.Read more

  • Day119

    Its a gas

    February 23 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Vulcano has been quiet since the eruption of the Fossa cone on 3 August 1888 to 1890, which deposited about 5 m (16 ft) of pyroclastic material on the summit.
    This eruption of Vulcano was carefully documented at the time by Giuseppe Mercalli. Mercalli described the eruptions as "...Explosions sounding like a cannon at irregular intervals..." As a result, vulcanian eruptions are based on this description.
    The style of eruption seen on the Fossa cone is called a Vulcanian eruption, being the explosive emission of pyroclastic fragments of viscous magmas caused by the high viscosity preventing gases from escaping easily.
    A typical vulcanian eruption can hurl blocks of solid material several hundreds of metres from the vent.
    I just knew that you would want photos from inside this volcano, so felt obliged to ignore the signs pericolo di morte which alerted me to the dangerous fumes and to venture up the 600m cone and down into its depths. Being alone meant I could descend the crater to the floor: my decision made easier by seeing the initials of other brave souls scribed in stone piles on the ground.
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