Hi, from the 19th
to the 23rd of October we visited the volcano Etna. Best weather and ideal
hiking conditions enabled us a good observation time.Starting with the bus
from the Rifugio Sapienza at 9 o’clock by charging 35 EUR for each person we
reached nearly the base of the South East cone. When you step out must hurry,
otherwise you have to pay 7 EUR for the guide too. The mountain leader mostly
is mandatory, but we heard from German tourists who moved with guides to the
outlets of the recent lava stream, that loners
been referred out of the field.
Orange lightning lava in the daylight.
From here the lava flow disappeared into a tunnel and
Anyhow we had luck and could unimpaired explore the lava stream from its
beginning. On 2.650 m you discover the top outlet of the lava stream. From the
fissures and cracks bluish smoke penetrated out downward about an elevation of
The rocky passage
On approx. 2,200 m the steep slopes of the Etna become flatter. Here the lava
is merging in an enormous hollow and continuous flowing into the Valle del
Bove. First tongues already reached the valley and build up itself to enormous
block dumps. Before this hollow the lava has
from approximately 80 to 100 m height.
The rumbling of the falling lava could be heard through the whole valley. This
episode persisted 2 days, and could only be observed from approx. 1 km
down flowing lavastreams to the Valle del Bove
By the way: It is quite possible to descend from the summit range over the
flanks of the Etna into the Valle del Bove but not completely harmless,
because the slopes are condemned steep and falling rocks
caution and moving sticks this trip is not too hard. Especial mentionable is a
beautiful skylight on approximately 2,350 m height.
from Sylke and Detlef,
Thanks for this report!
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