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Mount Egmont (Taranaki)
Photo by J.Hajas
After a rainy day in April 2007, clouds disappeared and the Taranaki (Mt.Egmont) presented himself in the early morning with a completely clear sky. I shot this picture from Northeast, at 7 am, roughly 5 km from the base. Temperature, 20 C at the base, + 5 C on the top. There was still some snow in the crater. I needed 6 hours to get up, and 3 hours to get down.
This is the first view of the majestic Agathla Peak (El Capitan) from the South, roughly 4 km from the hill. It was a stormy winter day, a snowshower went through the area, and shortly before sunset the last sunshine gave a perfect illumination of the hill, with dark clouds in the background.
On the way to Lassen Peak on a sunny august morning. Best route to get up is from South. From the car park you may need 2.5-3 hours to reach the peak, and 1 1/2 hours to get down again. Close to the peak you clearly feel the lack of oxygen !
I shot this picture from the eastern side of Mt. Lassen, from the edge of the very rugged crater. When you get into the lava fields of the crater, in some areas you can clearly feel the smell of hydrogen sulphide, as a sign of volcanic activities.