Pic of the day

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by gixer, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Thats a gorgeous picture !
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  2. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Exactly my thoughts when I saw it. Any way @Fossil Bluff can do a limited edition print run of this?
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  3. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Section Hiker

    Thank you. :)
  4. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Its not all snow and ice... a Stella Alpina growing in a crack halfway up a near vertical 300 foot high rockface at about 2800m...
    and close by, a flower called "devil" + something (in Italian)...
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  5. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Small and white
    Clean and bright
    You look happy to meet me :woot:
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  6. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    - showing your age ;):D
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  7. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Little spring water hole from yesterday
    Dropped me phone & cracked the top corner on the 3rd shot, silicone job hopefully :(.
    The nice cold water took the heat from the moment :)
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019
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  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

  10. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Left my phone at home mate so only got your voicemail when I got back

    Saw plenty of 1L Smart and LifeWtr bottles but didn’t buy any I’m afraid
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  11. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Monday's (very early, cause I only decided to go anywhere at 4am that morning, so I was wrecked) camp
    Tues morn
    20190723_094026.jpg Tue (not so early, not that late, but rather dry) camp
    20190723_215525.jpg 20190723_215604.jpg Wed morn
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  12. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

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  13. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    No hills or mountains in sight, but walked 19km yesterday and 17km today

    3 days worth of kit (hotel wise), laptop, work gear, tablet and associated chargers all at 7kg

    So no hills but hiking and pretty lightweight considering :whistling:









    Makes me smile when I use lightweight hiking theory for stuff other than hiking :bag:
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    snoopdawg Ultralighter

  15. snoopdawg

    snoopdawg Ultralighter

    Mosedale round on Tuesday
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  16. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    Two days off; two days down south.

    Testing out the kit for a section hike of the HRP late September.

    I decided to take the train to a region I visited 5 years ago; the valley of the Semois, one of Belgiums most 'wild' & interesting rivers due to all the bends it makes.

    The train rolled into the station of Carlsbourg at the warmest time of the day & I knew I had roughly 23 km in front of me.

    Fresh off the train, following some grainfields.

    I opted for a section of the 'Ardennes High Route', a project by some enthousiastic Belgian hikers. It links estabilished & less estabilished trails and makes for a interesting experience.

    Today I'd walk to the outskirts of Bouillon, find a place to pitch my tent in the woods & enjoy a peaceful - and relatively cool - night. I hoped.


    The temperature reached 30°C & I was thankful for every section in the forest. When I exited the woods and the sun hit my face, I felt like walking into a furnace. A sticky & sweaty one.

    Vivy, a typical rural village in southern Belgium.

    In the village I aided some scouts who needed to call their leaders for coordinates. They showed me a tap at the church.

    I think I must have drank over two liters. The heat!

    First view of the Semois.

    Not long after that I started Belgium's 'most dangerous' walk (basically, it features some ladders but it's not that bad) & I laid my eyes on my goal of the day. I forgot how beautiful she was.

    I needed to cross the river four times; to be honest, I couldn't wait for some wet feet.

    One of the crossings. The water got above my knees but the river was flowing very slowly.

    I passed a lot of youth camps. Kids, ranging from 6 tot 16, enjoying multiple days in the woods, sleeping in tents and just being outside. Despite the heat they were all having a great time.

    The sun was setting & I knew I needed to find a place to pitch my tent.


    Inner only would be fine: some extra breathability would be welcome in these temperatures.

    Further down the river I heard the children having a great time.

    The temperature in my tent was fine; around midnight I had to put my quilt on top of me.

    No more sounds but the occassional bird.

    Crossing of the Semois at the first light.

    My alarm went at 4. The plan was to beat the heat; make sure I arrived around 10 at the trainstation & escape the warmest part of the day.

    Good plan.

    Mini inversion above the Semois.

    I followed the TransArdennaise back to the station, a trail that traverses the entire Ardennes region. Sadly, it was not as inspiring as the High Route the day before.


    Around 8 I could feel what the sun had in mind; it didn't look great.

    I enjoyed the long stretches of wood walking. Shade.


    All in all it was good to be out. As it is.

    Up next: a week of walking with the GF, the dog & myself in Luxembourg. We opted for a simple route with plenty of exit points in case one of us really doesn't enjoy it.

    We bought a MSR Papa Hubba (that I have to carry... off course...) in order to give the dog & ourselves plenty of room during the night.

    I'm looking forward to it.
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  17. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Starting from a place called "Bouillon", of course it would be hot.
    Some lovely photos in there, Arne.
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  18. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    The inversion over the river has a Fitzcaraldo amazon feel. Mysterious.
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  19. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

  20. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    A couple from the last two days




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  21. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Better than the forecast .. so far. Coniston old man views

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  22. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    I'd thought about camping on St. Herbert's island last night but the forecast put me off. I wish I had now.
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  23. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Same :(.... think I'm getting soft in my old age :bag:
    But I'm away for 2 nights next weekend regardless of weather, even if i have to bunkhouse it.
  24. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Rain come on at 1-30 ish pitched up around 4 looks to be well set in and a wet hour and a half back to the car in the morning .. good to be owt mind

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  25. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Section Hiker

    Grim’s Grave Dartmoor today.

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