czwartek, 20 kwietnia 2017

Pagan mountain Ślęża

This pretty famous and forested Polish granite mountain (elevation 718 m) is not a volcano, but it's a very special place for Neo-Pagans. It was an ancient holy place for local tribes dedicated to a sun deity. I wanted to climb Ślęża for long time and the opportunity happened on 18th April 2017. The weather was quite bad for recreational climb, but I reached the top of Ślęża after 55 minutes of intense walk/climbing. Misty forests were extremely beautiful as was weak snow blizzard on the top of Ślęża (Zobtenberg). Ancient (probably Celtic) cult sculpture of a bear is extremely interesting as are poorly visible ruins of the castle, PTTK tourist mountain hut (very welcoming place) and lovely observation tower. No volcano trips in the nearest future, but I do not want to turn this blog into dead place.

sobota, 4 czerwca 2016

Olot Volcanic Field: Montascopa volcano

Montascopa pyroclastic cone is situated in the city of Olot along with three other volcanic cones (Garrinada, Montolivet, etc.) It was formed during the eruption 100 000 years ago. Montascopa has two watchtowers and the church around its well-preserved oval crater. Very beautiful place to see and visit. All photos were taken on 30th May 2016. Green volcanic cones of Olot kind of remind me Auckland volcanic structures in New Zealand.