Easter options

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by Davy, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    I've rather fortuitously dodged a family wedding in West Java this coming Easter and whilst Mrs Davy and Junior Davys are hanging around in Bandung stuffing their faces and gossiping, I have around a week to muck about in the hills on this side of the globe. My brother who has practically zero multiday hiking experience but is an extremely fit and competitive mountain and CX cyclist is threatening to accompany me on an 'challenging trip'..

    As we've no winter snow experience, nor the opportunity to acquire any beforehand, where is high(ish) without (much) snow within a few hours flight from Blighty with relatively straightforward logistics to get from airport to moutains; he has a load of air miles to use so no trains sorry.

    Awkwardly, he is a diagnosed celiac sufferer which may make some local cuisines tricksy.. especially as we may be sharing a tent...

    Anywhere not Scotland to be considered, the milder the better.

    Any thoughts.

    TIA

    Ade
  2. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    As always anywhere in the UK, if you are tying to avoid any particular conditions (e.g. snow) in advance, your best laid plans can be thwarted by weather. It is therefore a good idea, if tied to particular dates (as I assume you are), to have a Plan B up your sleeve.

    Have you considered the Scottish (yes I know you said avoid Scotland) islands? While windy, they are actually one of the milder parts of the UK, being situated in the Gulf Stream, and seldom see much by way of snowfall, particularly in the Western Isles. The hill country in either Harris or the Uists should not disappoint, particularly as you should be gone before the midges arrive.
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  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Mallorca :happy:
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  4. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Though if you go to the Canaries instead of Mallorca your brother can eat potatoes instead of Pizza with green stuff on it..
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  5. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Thanks, over the last few years I've spent five Easter's on the trot in the wilds in Scotland so fancy a change from 4 seasons in a day, tussocks and tick nymphs. On a good day its unbeatable, but there must be places with more predictable weather out there.. That said Outer Hebrides bikepacking has a draw, although days of hammering into a headwind might be less fun...

    Mallorca on the short list although my brother is over there next weekend cycling..

    Canaries, again he's cycled all over them so not sure he'd be keen - will float it. edit had a look on google - looks interesting.
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  6. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    If you go to Mallorca the 'right week' I'll guide you over the finest traverse to be had...
    ...you will both carry my gear as you are in tip-top shape :)
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  8. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Seriously...the Canaries look good; I'm thinking a week on La Gomera in March (not that that is in your time frame)...but, hmmm looks fine :D
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  9. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    If you go SW to NE you'd be 'unlucky' to suffer a head wind in the Western Isles. :D.
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  10. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

    Just putting it out there, disneyland Paris. There is big thunder mountain and hyperspace mountain to name but two. Good transport links and catering I would imagine. ;)
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  11. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Disneyland... Is the water safe to drink..?

    Cathy, had a few canoe trips where prevailing winds didn't prevail. :) I imagine down to effect of local topography as much as luck..
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  12. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I cycled south to north (30+yrs ago, before it became a "thing" :rolleyes::() - I remember free riding uphill (Harris), on a fully laden bike, with the wind out of the SW.
    We had no head winds in 10 days. :D
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  13. Stuart

    Stuart Trail Blazer

    Sometimes it's quicker to travel by train to get to the mountains as the train goes straight there and you can travel overnight. Eg Paris - Latour de Carol and then the line down towards Barcelona to hook up with the GR11 or similar, or the "petit train jaune" from Latour de Carol itself heads east into lower French Pyrenees.

    Bandung, that takes me back, used to live in Indonesia for a bit: indah sekali, banyak gunung api besar di sana.
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  14. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Satu Bintang bisar is about my limit :D which is shocking really... My excuse is I've never lived there. Do speak appalling French and fluent bad conversational German though..

    Nothing against trains other than I have to pay for it. Spare air miles = free.

    Any thoughts on loops in Sicily or Corsica? Initial thoughts were the Atlas mountains but given the relatively brief window, as mentioned logistics of travel from and to airports become a consideration..
  15. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I went to Sicily in October, having spent ages trying to get info and maps about routes and @edh helped me and made me a GPX for a 70km route through the Madonie mountains. In the end although I was in Sicily I didn't walk it as flash floods were forecast for all 4 days of my walk.

    What I found out is: The two main walking areas are the Nebrodi National Park and the Madonie National Park. The Nebrodi is mostly woodland, oak I think. The Madonie is wooded on the hills nearest the sea (Cefalu) and becomes higher and more limestone karst as you go inland. It's difficult to get maps and there are no guides in English that I could find. You can use OSM maps in Viewranger or CalTopo to plot a route, paths and water points are shown on the OSM maps. I have and you're welcome to borrow (1) a map to the Nebrodi (which looks a bit boring frankly) and (2) a guide book to day walks in the Madonie - in Italian. (3) A guide book to a long distance walk from Palermo to Messina - in Italian. This last one could be a decent option for anyone looking for good food, small towns and villages and only a bit of mountain. I have the impression much of it is on old mule and cart tracks.

    For me, Sicily is a lot of work and research which probably isn't justified by the walking - although I don't know that for sure. Corsica seems a good bet. The GR there is famous for being challenging and there are guide books in English. It's all set up.

    There is Sardinia too. I've posted about that in the places and planning thread and will probably go there in the Spring myself. I haven't finished planning it yet, but think buses from Olbia (where your plane would land) to the walk start point shouldn't be too much of a problem. But again, the guide books are in Italian, nothing in English. Whereas for Corsica you speak French.
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  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Higher routes in Corsica might well be under snow at Easter.
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  17. Stuart

    Stuart Trail Blazer

    Yes, shocking to only order one beer. Indonesian grammar is pretty easy to learn, no real verb conjugations, past or future tense, genders, plurals. You "just" have to learn a load of words. I hope you're not in a position of your wife and children having a common language in which they can gossip about you.
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  18. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Re Indonesian, I can usually half follow a conversation and know when I'm the subject :)

    Re suggestions, thanks for input. Met my brother for lunch today and currently short list is Corsica, la Gomera and Mallorca depending on flights.

    Both have homework now :)
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  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I've done some route planning for La Gomera (and have tons of Mallorca knowledge) - let me know if you need any input.
  20. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Thanks Ed. Part of the fun is the planning, I'll be in touch once we've got a sketchy plan A and B
  21. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    Ok so following lengthy discussion Mallorca has jumped ahead, not least due to ease of logistics - will re-peruse your blogs Ed and may be in touch with some specific questions.

    Ta

    A
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  22. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

  23. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Good choice - having hiked versions of the Mallorcan GR twice myself at Easter time. Great season for Mallorca :)
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  24. Davy

    Davy Section Hiker

    OK so flights are almost booked (pending likely approval of my leave application hopefully tomorrow...:rolleyes:)

    Having waited for 30mins for my MYOG ali cone and meths burner (forget where its from but someone on here I think..) to get 3 mugs worth of water to boil, using nearly all of the fuel I brought with me for testing, I'm thinking to stick with Gas and my trusty Kovea Spider.

    Google hasn't given instant results so the question remains, can I easily procure propane/butane mix canisters near Palma airport? Apologies if this has been asked a gazillion times already..

    TIA

    A
  25. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Not seen any shop that might stock gas near Plaza Espania - the bus and train hub in the city. But you get 250ml alcohol in every farmacy and 96% quality in most (and right by the bus station too and on a sunday too...)
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