Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by gixer, Dec 22, 2014.
Thats a gorgeous picture !
Exactly my thoughts when I saw it. Any way @Fossil Bluff can do a limited edition print run of this?
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)...
Small and white
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
- showing your age
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
Don't let Ted eat my redman or bust my smartwater bottle
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
Monday's (very early, cause I only decided to go anywhere at 4am that morning, so I was wrecked) camp
Tue (not so early, not that late, but rather dry) camp
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
Makes me smile when I use lightweight hiking theory for stuff other than hiking
Mosedale round on Tuesday
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.
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.
Starting from a place called "Bouillon", of course it would be hot.
Some lovely photos in there, Arne.
The inversion over the river has a Fitzcaraldo amazon feel. Mysterious.
Need to get that awkward birkett done
A couple from the last two days
Better than the forecast .. so far. Coniston old man views
I'd thought about camping on St. Herbert's island last night but the forecast put me off. I wish I had now.
Same .... think I'm getting soft in my old age
But I'm away for 2 nights next weekend regardless of weather, even if i have to bunkhouse it.
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
Grim’s Grave Dartmoor today.
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