July 10, 2009

A Shell of Its Former Self

Posted in hiking, pacific northwest, volcanoes at 1:47 pm by berzerkeleyan

A Shell of Its Former Self, originally uploaded by Out and Aboot the World.

I’ve wanted to visit Mount St. Helens ever since it exploded when I was twelve years old. This is the view from the Johnston Observatory. The park folks have done a very nice job describing the event and its aftermath. If you want to compare my photo with this volcano’s former self, go here. It was remarkable seeing firsthand the scale and totality of destruction caused by the eruption.

And so began my first hike around Mount St. Helens. It was memorable for the wrong reason.

May 6, 2009

The Money Shot

Posted in hiking, new zealand, vacation, volcanoes at 8:53 pm by berzerkeleyan

The Money Shot, originally uploaded by Out and Aboot the World.

Mount Ngauruhoe, New Zealand, taken March 26, 2009, halfway through the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, 1750m (5741ft) above sea level. You can see the trail we took at the base of the mountain, as well as Mount Taranaki in the background to the right..

Mount Ngauruhoe is considered a young volcano, with a fairly recent history of eruptions. The last one was in 1975. But its neighbors have erupted as recently as 2007. Since I hiked the trail at the end of the New Zealand summer, the mountain is devoid of snow. But during the winter, it is completely covered in white powder.