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Gallery 2013 - October

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall
Sunday Walk - Murton

Mike and Kath, unavailable to lead this walk starting from Murton car park, handed it over to Mick, who was then also unavailable as he was in Leeds with Clare celebrating the arrival of a new grandchild, Phoebe. It was thus left to Roger to take the lead on a damp morning with low cloud, walking up into the higher reaches of High Cup Nick.

From left to right: Maggie & John, Angie & Hugh, Frank, and Roger.

Alec and Marion Duff

Most older members will have known Alec and Marion Duff personally: younger members may only have known them from the various references to them over the years in 'the book'. Alec died in 2006 (see Fellfarer No 43) and Marion some years later in 2009 (see Fellfarer No 55). On Sunday October 13, their son Jim and his wife Rejane Belangerheir arrived at High House from Austrailia to scatter their ashes, along with Jim's sister Alex. This they duly did at the top of Sourmilk Ghyll. RIP Alec and Marion.
Jim then followed this with a visit to Rose & Pauls slideshow at the Strickland Arms on their trek to Concordia in Pakistan, and duly signed Rose's copy of his book 'Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine'.

Oh! Grant that I may see again
Those mighty piles of rock and earth.
To some they don't mean anything,
But I can never tell their worth.
Those rocky slopes and grassy fells
Waving bracken and secluded dells,
And burning sun, the heated brow!
Icy winds and driving snow.
Some are not cloaked with wood or grass.
They appear cruel and naked to some who pass.
And yet those rough and mighty hills.
To those who love, a peace instills.
Ah! To climb a rugged slope
And rest awhile-to feel fresh hope.
And new life surging over you.
Then climb again with strength renewed.
Alec Duff 1946

Walking up Volcanoes in Sicily
Members Roger Atkinson, Mick Fox, and Hugh Taylor, with friend Norman Bell, spent 13 days exploring the volcanoes on the island of Sicily and the associated Aeolian islands. Two days were spent exploring Etna, at 3,330m (10,925ft) the highest volcano in Europe, including a north-south traverse of the mountain. The island of Stromboli was then visited and the volcano ascended in the late afternoon to watch the activity after dark. More island hopping followed to Lipari via Panarea, and a day trip to see Vulcano, now dormant with its most recent eruption being in 1890. The volcano watching was followed by visits to places in Sicily's south east corner.
Mick, Norman, Hugh, and Roger on the highest point of Etna by the side of the highest north-east crater.

Mick with Cratere Bocca Nuova behind. This is the most active of Etna's four craters, and access to the edge is prohibited.


A few days later, the south-east crater of Etna erupted, or more precisely had a paroxysm. Fortunately, we were able to view the paroxysm from a safe distance!

It was also captured on video and published on YouTube here.

Hugh and Mick near the Observatory ruined in the 2002 eruptions, with Monte Frumento Supino in the background.
The superb shape of Stromboli from the approching hydrofoil.
Roger on the edge of the Stromboli's crater at 900m waiting for the fun to start.
The fun starts! These eruptions occur about every five minutes.
An eruption from a smaller more distant crater.
Going down to the bottom of the crater on Vulcano.
Roger, Norman, Mick, and Hugh on the summit of Vulcano.
The superb rock tower of Rocca Novara, 1,340m. The route goes up the left hand skyline.
On the summit
Looking down over 1,000 feet into the canyon Cava Grandee
Enjoying the warm sea off Syracuse
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