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LesterLongEasy walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2013


Easy walk up. Was cloudy.
Posted Nov 17, 2013 12:42 pm

RuvichaTwo Ways Vesuvius Impresses  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2007


Hiked from the parking lot to the rim. At this time, it was possible to go almost all the way around the crater rim. Fumaroles were quite active. Two things about Vesuvius impress. First is the way it dominates the landscape -- Naples and everything below are toast if the volcano pops its cork again. The second is how much smaller today's volcano is than the one that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum. The remains of the ancient crater can still be seen and give you a sense of the force of the 79 AD blast. That said, for a first hand experience of nature's explosive power, you can't beat Mount St. Helens.
Posted Nov 24, 2012 4:51 pm

SocorroExciting place for geology types
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2009


Just got to do the tourist trail. Wanted to do more but we weren´t allowed...though we could see people walking on the other side of the crater. Still, stunning place to visit and think.
Posted Oct 26, 2011 12:34 pm

SpiderSavageTourist peak bag  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011


Hiked tourist trail. No high-point. A little bit of steam as in the May 2011 report. Pretty much a zoo of a tourist place. Still, it's Vesuvius. A very popular and unique peak. Nice crater. I wish the Italian National Park Service would do more to add nicer trail options, campgrounds etc. Get the souvenier stands off the crater rim. They are vulgar.
Posted Sep 28, 2011 10:46 pm

markhallamHistoric place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2005


With my wife - we did the tourist thing and walked up to the crator rim - and got caught (unlike Gimpilator) trying to sneak off the path to the highest point. But we had a pleasant stroll round the 'allowed' area. Sobering to think what this mountain had caused - and may yet do in the future, when the overdue next eruption comes...

I was told by my late parents that I was carried up Vesuvius as a babe in arms sometime in 1961, when there was a chair lift to the top - and then just a mere 16 years after the last eruption.
Posted Aug 7, 2011 9:38 am

gimpilatorFull Traverse Of Crater Rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2011


I snuck off of the tourist trail and cut straight up to the summit. From there I did a full circular traverse of the rim top. Vesuvio is an amazing volcano with a very deep caldera. With the exception of Tambora and Krakatoa it is estimated that Vesuvius has claimed more lives than any other mountain on earth.


Posted May 23, 2011 3:35 am

SzaniUherkovichLazy tourist  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 1990


From the parking lot to the crater rim (1158 m)
Posted Sep 15, 2010 8:26 am

Konrad SusBad luck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 1999

Konrad Sus

Damaged photo camera, i haven`t photos from summit :(
Posted Mar 5, 2010 8:35 am

HotovenEasy Hike, Great View!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2007


Nice Easy climb. When you reach the top. There's a great view. If you look hard enough, you can see the city of Pompeii, but its very small and hard to see. When I climbed it, there was many steam vent at the top releasing moister and such. Very cool!
Posted Apr 20, 2009 12:38 pm

eje138Normal trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1999


A nice short walk from the parking lot. Vesuvio was the first of the four volcanoes we visited in Southern Italy. Did it with my wife and the Baraka group.
Posted Mar 1, 2009 12:55 pm

squickNormal trail
Date Climbed: May 1, 2000


Climbed up Vesuvius as part of a classics trip to the area with school. Interesting to see it smoking away inside the crater....
Posted Oct 29, 2007 12:30 pm

andrea.itVulcan triology  Sucess!


Italian vulcans triology challenge.Vesuvio,Sromboli,but lost the Etna because finish the money.
Posted Apr 2, 2007 7:49 pm

camerona91Almost an epic!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2006


I almost had an epic on Vesuvio! I was solo backpacking and got bored in Rome so I caught 2 trains to Pompeii. I got off at the wrong spot and couldn't read the signs. I thought there would be a campground at Vesuvius (as it is a national park) so I walked towards it. At 12:30 at night some guy randomly pulled over and offered me a ride to the campground. When we got to where it used to be it no longer existed! He then offered to let me stay in his workshop. We got back then went to a friend of his' pub and drank beer and ate panini (at 1:30am)! The next day he drove me to where he knew there was a trail her ode his horse up to the top. It was gates shut though so he took me to a hole in the fence farther along. For some reason I had only 1L of water and it was 37 degrees celcius. It was too hot to hike so I decided to read during the day and hike in the cooler night. I did that and hiked until 2 am. Then I was tired and thirsty so I decided to just bivy as I had all of my gear with me (I had been backpacking and climbing for 3 weeks). I woke up in the night because ants were biting all over my legs. I turned on my headlamp and there was a scorpion next to me! I freaked out and rolled over and it ran under my sleeping bag. I grabbed my shoe and eventually squished it. Then I zipped my back right up and slept till morning. When the sun rose I looked beside me and there was another scorpion! At this point I gave up on summiting and just hiked down. There is so much garbage in the park, it is disgusting. People seem to just dump tires and things everywhere in the non-touristy bits. Eventaully I got back to town and drank about 7L of water! The views were beautiful from higher up. It was an exciting time!
Posted Nov 24, 2006 4:54 am

Greg GarrardRoute Climbed: From the parking lot up. Date Climbed: 19 October 2000  Sucess!

Greg Garrard

My wife Theresa and I hiked up Vesuvius while we were on Honeymoon in Sorrento. We had visited the city of Pompeii earlier that day, so it was a humbling experience to look down into the still smoking crater, and imagine the force behind the destruction of that area all those many years ago. It was a little cloudy that day, so we didn't get to see the view, but it was still a very rewarding experience.
Posted Nov 15, 2005 3:02 am

Nyle WaltonRoute Climbed: Road to within a thousand feet of the crater, then a scramble up snow. Date Climbed: Mid-February, 1956

Nyle Walton

February 1956 recorded one of the coldest winters in Europe on record. Snow even fell in North Africa. I began my army leave drinking beer at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, then then took trains further south in a futile effort to find warmer weather. I dodged ice floes on the Grand Canal in Venice, threw snowballs at priests inside the Colosseum in Rome and finally when I got to Naples watched Neopolitans huddle together under blankets and hug bonfires to keep warm from the unaccustomed arctic temperatures.
Vesuvius to the southeast resembled a big ice cream sundae. This snowcover did not daunt me from wanting to climb it. I offered a taxi driver a carton of PX cigarettes for a ride up the volcano as far as the snow permitted him to drive his dilapidated cab. The road past Herculaneum and Pompeii got us uphill to within one thousand feet of the crater, as far as the road had been plowed. My cab driver then had to wait for me and his cigarettes until I scrambled up in my army combat boots the remaining distance to the crater where I managed to set up my tripod and camera and take a self-timed Kodachrome of me peering into Hades. After several more pictures I strode back down in long strides to the taxi. My patient cab driver then carried me back to my hotel in downtown Naples where I rewarded him with a carton of L&Ms. I felt so exhilerated and fulfilled that evening that I rewarded myself with a large Margarita pizza and a big bottle of chianti wine. The only way to climb a mountain!
Posted Aug 25, 2005 11:55 am

MoniRoute Climbed: Regualr tourist trail Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!


With Fred. Was fun - although I hardly consider this a real mountain, given the development. One takes the bus to the parking lot and hikes less than an hour to the highest point allowed. The bus ride down was scarier, because the driver let a friend of his, who had never driven a big bus, drive! He almost did not make the first curve. In return, they took us directly to Herculaneum - way more neat than Pompeii.

Since this volcano last erupted at the end of World War II, another more disastrous Pompei event can only be in the making.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 10:01 pm

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