Tuesday, 8th of July 2014 at 09:56:12 PM

3 volcanos in 2 days fototrip

I had had always this desire to see Sicily’s most known attraction, the Mt. Etna volcano in volcanic activity. It frequently is active for a few days in the year and the week before my arrival It had errupted but only for a 1 day. It never was active during my visits. On this visit I decided to increase the chances to see a volcano eruption by visiting all 3 volcanos on Sicly. To give it some fun the idea was to visit 3 volcanos in 2 days: Mt. Etna on main Sicily Island and Volcano and Stromboli – part of the Aeolian Islands.

GPS Log of my tour (Garmin GPSMAP 64S)

I started on a monday morning driving up via Nicolosi to Mt. Etna South. One can drive up with the own car up to the  1900 m elevated Rifugio Sapienza. There a lift brings the tourist for 30 Euro up to 2500m. Finally, for another 30 Euro, a Off-Road High Clearance bus brings you up to the peak craters at 3000 m – a adventurous drive. Before driving up to the peak craters I hiked the silvestri craters down at Rifugio Sapienza.

Silvestri Craters from 1998 and 2002 eruptions

Driving up to the Peak craters

I continued towards the highway and in northern direction to the city of Milazzo where the ferries to the Aeolian Islands depart. I wanted to climb up to Vulcano craters on Vulcano Island on the same evening.

Last view of Mt. Etna when entering Highway

I took a speed boat at 4pm and checked in at my Hotel on Vulcano around 5pm, waiting for the fresh evening to hike up to the crater.

View from Hotel to the Vulcano crater

It is a easy 1 hour hike. It gives amazing views over the Eolian Islands.

Sunset at Eoalian Islands seen from Vulcano crater

At the next morning  the tentation was too high and at 5:30pm I again climbed up to the Vulcano crater to do some morning light shots and hike around the crater. Knowing my hydrofoil to Stromboli departs at 10.30 am, I had enough time.

Morning Light at the Vulcano crater

I arrived in Stromboli at 12:30 pm where I had booked a guided tour up to the peak, a 3-4 hour hike with 900m elevation change. Checking in at the hotel I got informed that all tours were canceled due to intense activivity at the volcano. First I was very disappointed, but at the evening I was happy to see what intense activity meant. Eruptions out of 3 craters every 3 minutes. It was allowed to hike the volcano up to an elevation of 400m – along the Schiara del Fuoco (Fire Slide). Especially after sunset it was a spectacle to watch the hundreds of eruptions. I stayed from 7.30 pm to 11 pm, being the last to leave.

Near the 400m viewpoint, but down at 100m elevation is the “Ristorante Oservatorio” where people can have diner and watch the eruptions. I stayed there another hour eating a Pizza and drinking red wine. I had done 3 volcanos in 2 days. I ended the day with a Granita at “Bar Ritrovo Ingrid” in Stromboli town.

The next day I visited the Island of Panarea and on the fourth day I made a Vespa motor scooter  round trip tour on Lipari Island. The Aeolian Islands had really impressed me with their beauty, diversity and remoteness. I was sure to return here soon.

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Sunday, 11th of November 2012 at 05:32:50 PM

major redesign of my web presence

It’s a while that I think of  significantly changing and simplifing my web presence. I decided to remove all the private stuff and reduce the amount of fotos to a selected Portfolio of favourites. Furthermore I wanted to provide the posibility to buy prints. I choose Redbubble as store front to my Shop page because I liked its simplicity and clearness. Have a look at my new webpresence and let me know if you find anything which could be improved. That’s how it looks. Just click the foto below or use www.giuseppelupo.eu

 

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Sunday, 4th of November 2012 at 10:42:51 PM

New Logo and Watermark

I spent little bit of time with Photoshop to create a new LOGO and a new watermark for my Homepage and fotos. I used the wolf as theme for Logo and watermark, because my lastname Lupo is italian for wolf. Furthermore I redesigned my Homepage and I am still not fully convinced. unfortunately the Ajax gallery theme loads quite slow. Thus I have limited the amount of gallery icons loaded at once.

                                                                 My New Logo

                                       photo showing my new watermark

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Sunday, 7th of October 2012 at 09:03:24 PM

playing with the funny tiltviewer

Just found this funny photo gallery viewer called Tiltviewer. Like it…. Click the foto below to have some fun.

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Sunday, 7th of October 2012 at 08:14:40 PM

Herzogstand Heimgarten Hike 2012

Like every year I hiked the Herzogstand Heimgarten loop hike, my favourite home hike. I started 6.45 from home and arrived at 7.50 at the parking lot near Urfeld. Exactly at 8.00 I began my hike towards the first mountain which is Herzogstand (1731 m). This is the most exhausting part of the hike cause its a steep uphike over 2 hours. Arrived there at 10.00 am. After short break continued over the rim towards Heimgarten Peak (1790 m). This is the most beautiful part of the hike with amazing views into the Alps in the south and the lakeland in the north, as well as to Lake Kochelsee and Lake Walchensee right to ones feet. Due to socalled  “Foehn” winds the visibility was extraordinary. The next part of the hike is an endless long downclimb from Heimgarten peak (1790 m) to the Lake Walchesee level (800 m). Finaly a nice last 5 km walk along the lake back to the car park for a total of 20 km hiking distance.

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Google Earth tour over my hiked gpx track.

Arriving at Heimgarten peak (1790 m) at noon. View to the north into the alps with the Lake Walchensee beneath.

 

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