Category: Volcanoes

Stargazing from the Summit of Sierra Negra

The summit of Sierra Negra is a special place. It is an extinct volcano with bragging rights as the fifth-highest peak in Mexico. Its prominence is just 1,770 feet (540 m), but its location in the higher altitude neighborhood of Pico de Orizaba, the summit of Sierra Negra reaches a maximum of 15,030 feet (4,580 …

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Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus (Эльбру́с) Russia’s Mount Elbrus is well known for being the tallest mountain in Europe, and for its two volcanic summits, the tallest one sitting on the west side and the shorter one to the east, both of which are dormant volcanoes. It sits near the border of Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains of …

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Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea The most interesting fact about Mauna Kea may be that most of the mountain lies underwater, and when measured from its oceanic base, it is the tallest mountain in the world at approximately 33,000 feet. However, most organizations measure mountains from the sea level point, which gives this peak an elevation of 13,803 …

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Chimborazo

Chimborazo [wp_ad_camp_1] Chimborazo is an inactive glacier-capped stratovolcano that last erupted around 550 A.D. It sits in Ecuador’s Cordillera Occidental Mountain Range of the Andes, southwest of the capital, Quito. Country: Ecuador Mountain Range: Cordillera Occidental Range, Andes Height: 20,549 feet / 6,263 meters Fun Fact: Chimborazo is the highest peak in Ecuador. It is also believed to be …

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Popocatépetl – Central Mexico’s Smoking Mountain

About two hours outside of Mexico City, in the state of Puebla, towers Popocatépetl, the second-highest peak in Mexico at an elevation of 17,880 feet (5,450 m). Popocatépetl, a volcano locally known as “el Popo,” spends part of the year with a snow-covered peak. With more than 25 million people living within a 62-mile (100 …

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Walking Mount Tabor, Oregon’s Cinder Cone in the City

What to do when you’re in one of the best states for exploring mountains, new at climbing, and tethered to the city of Portland during your summer vacation? Walk Portland, Oregon’s dormant volcano, Mount Tabor! This is exactly what I did this summer. One sunny day in August, my daughter, brother-in-law, niece, and I took …

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Mount Hood

Mount Hood (Wy’east) Mount Hood is Oregon’s highest peak and one of its stratovolcanoes that lies in what is called the Cascade Volcanic Arc of North America, which stretches from Northern California to British Columbia. It is a potentially active volcano with a low risk of erupting. To the Multnomah tribe, the mountain is called …

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Pico de Orizaba, a.k.a. Citlaltépetl: The Heights of Sorrow and Joy

At the top of the list of the world’s most prominent dormant volcanoes, after Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro is Mexico’s Pico de Orizaba, known by its Nahuatl name as Citlaltépetl, meaning “Mountain of the Star.” With a prominence of 16,148 feet (4,922 m) and an elevation estimated at 18,491 feet (5,636 m), Pico de Orizaba is the …

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Iztaccíhuatl: The Peak of Mexican Ecstasy & Heartbreak

Standing proudly at 17,160 feet (5,230 m), Iztaccíhuatl boasts the third highest peak in Mexico. Like some of the largest mountains in Mexico, such as Popocatépetl and La Malinche, Iztaccíhuatl is a volcano (now extinct) in the center of the country. It is one of the few remaining mountains in Mexico to have a peak …

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Hiking the Volcanoes of Iceland

The blackout curtains in the hotel room did their job, and when I pulled back the shade around 10pm, a solid brick of bright sunlight pierced the pane of thick glass. After a long day of traveling, my body, refreshed by a quick nap after check-in, wanted to move. Luckily, I was in Iceland in …

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