Eyjafjallajökull – The one that rules them all

The unpronouncable one, silently looming in the background. Always in the shadow of its bigger sisters and brothers. Nobody knew its name, or could even pronounce it, except Icelanders. Until that day in April 2010, when it literally Continue reading

Tongariro – The track across Middle Earth

Nhauruhoe featured as the terrifying Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies. Although it is often referred to as a seperate mountain, it is actually one of the many cones of the vast Tongariro complex. With its 45 degree slopes and perfect triangular shape, Nhauruhoe is the most distinctive volcano-shaped Continue reading

Mount Etna – Vigorously steaming from all its craters

Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano, and it’s in a constant state of excitement. There’s always some activity going on. Often it’s just quietly steaming away, sometimes even producing pretty smoke rings. But when it erupts Continue reading

The Hazards – Scrambling up to prehistorical views

At just over 450 metres, Mount Amos isn’t really that high, but its inclination gets rather steep & challenging. You’ll have to scramble your way up (and down again!) over several huge granite boulders on the upper parts to reach the top. My trusty Wilderness Coffee flask suffered Continue reading

Pico del Teide – A volcanic playground

The Canary Islands bubbled up from an isolated hotspot, forming a chain of islands as the continental plate moved across it over several millions of years. The older islands to the east have been steadily eroding away in the meantime, but the western part of the archipelago still boasts Continue reading

Mount Haleakala – The House of the Rising Sun

Haleakala is the House of the Rising Sun – literally.

The sunrises are of such an epic magnitude that they draw people to get up at ridiculous o’ clock at night to drive up its endless winding hairpin roads to the summit, braving dizzying steep dropoffs, in order to gawk Continue reading

Mount Titlis – Flowery alpine meadows & beautiful mountain views

Switzerland is a true mountain paradise, as nearly the whole country is made up of them. There is always a mountain close by to explore, and there are numerous walking tracks. Most of them are Continue reading

NaturePic challenge!

I was asked to participate in another Nature Pic Challenge. So – along the lines of yesterday’s story ‘Ode to the mountains’ – this week’s theme will be another favourite Continue reading

Ode to the mountains! – The magic of Mount Taranaki

As long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by mountains. Especially of the fire-spewing kind… Perhaps because of the total absence of them in my home country The Netherlands… or perhaps it’s something more. The awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of them. The mysterious lure Continue reading