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Arrondissement de Corte

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  • Day7

    Route finding a must

    May 24 in France

    Waking up with out the sound of rain on the tent gives us hope, and when we stick our heads out for a peak and see blue sky we look to each other and say "we're clear for our summit bid". We kick it into high gear to leave camp as quickly as possible, our goal for the day is another alpine variant over the top of the South's highest peak, Monte Renoso.

    As we walk out of camp Mareike mentions a trail that will save us an hour getting to our approach. We quickly agree this is the best option and vear from the GR20, climbing the forested hills from rock cairn to rock cairn in route to the i'Pozzi bivouac.

    From the base of the approach we keep a close eye on the skies around us, we both know that thunderstorms end our journey to the top. We use our ice axes and crampons to reach the first saddle and pull out the map and GPS to confirm and discuss our route. From here we find the trail to not be much more difficult than other parts of our journey. We are able to reach the summit with only a couple short climbing sections and celebrate the top of Monte Renoso with sugary dragon tongue candy.

    Mareike brings up another variation to our trail down that would save us a day on the trail and keep us out of the valley. It's a ridge trail that connects into another trail that is supposed to be fun for kids, in the end we both highly doubted people take their kids here.

    There's not enough space to tell the story of the next 6 hours of our journey. It's a story to share over a hot meal or a cold beer with friends and family. We became stronger yet as a team as we negotiated thick fog, trails that seemed to end in cliffs, trails that were nonexistent, looming rock towers and snowfields that would play hide and seek and numerous up and down climbs through the granite. In the end we felt like we had the best adventure yet and truly used all of our mountain knowledge along the way. We also couldn't have been happier to get off our feet and lie down after a 12 hour day.
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  • Day8

    Rest day turned last day

    May 25 in France

    Today's goal was mostly to investigate how to best continue our journey. We head on a short one hour hike to Vizzavona, where the southern part of the GR20 ends and the northern higher altitude part starts.

    Besides finding a big lunch at a local restaurant, we also find Emile, the local "wise old man" when it comes to mountaineering in this area. We go over maps of the upcoming hikes and he shows us all the potential hazards (=mostly snow on steep parts of the trail as well as snow slides due to all the late snow they got this year).

    The result: most of the days (including tomorrow's) are still covered in too much snow on dangerously steep slopes too continue. And we decide to come back for the North half of the trail another year, instead of going around all the fun and most scenic parts of this trail now. And the alternative isn't bad: 2 weeks of climbing the mountains we've already fallen in love with :)
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  • Day5

    The rain just won't stop

    May 22 in France

    Sunshine! We feel it on the tent in the morning and get to work quickly to dry our stuff in the sun :) As we start the day, we talk to our fellow hikers - all the groups are unsure what to do. Everyone got soaked to the bones, a few hikers much more than us. We decide to give our stuff a good dry and then do a half day, as others start heading out. BUT we still play by nature's rules and so our half day for drying is cut awefully short by the next rain clouds - so we run and pack everything as quickly as possible. Around 10am, we start with a steep uphill and then a nice easy downhill into the forest.

    For our half day camp spot, we had read about an old hikers hut in our guide books, an abandoned refugio in the middle of the forest. It lays a bit off route and we get to play the trail finding game again, but manage to find old trail markings one by one. I will admit, we are both a bit creeped out the deeper we go into the unknown forest. We get there about 20 minutes away from the GR20 and start to look around. It's an old vacation hut that's barely been used in the last few years but otherwise in good shape. There are pots above a stove in the kitchen, beds and a fireplace in the other room. It looks like the mice have taken over here and we decided to dry our stuff off the clothes lines but sleep outside in the tent.
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  • Day3

    Just kidding :)

    May 20 in France

    After the early night, we got up at 5:30am and were rewarded with a gorgeous sunrise over the hills in the distance. For breakfast, we have different flavors of oatmeal / cereal / nut mixes in hot water that we eat throughout the morning from small water bottles. It gives us energy til we start lunch snacks in the afternoon.

    Our hike today was super fun! We chose an "alpine variante" of the GR20, which goes up a steep rocky climb and then along the side of big rock faces (we got excited to see a few climbers on those walls beside our trail). One section had a fixed chain to help hikers stay safe on a steep slab of granite. It was definitely an adventure and the joke of the day was Leo saying "it should be all downhill from here" and then the trail continuing uphill and Mareike laughing "just kidding". After a few times, any uphill was commented with a celebratory "just kidding" :)

    Another cool thing we saw on the way were giant trains of caterpillars, one of them over 10 meters long. We saw several on the forest floor, looking like snakes from a distance.

    Just before our next camp spot, we had a tricky river crossing with a slippery boulder that you could step on and pray or do one bigger jump to avoid the slippery one altogether. I (Mareike) wasn't quite feeling up to it with a still recovering ankle and so after trying to be stubborn and finding another way on my own, Leo went over twice with both packs and then I could easily do the jump with no weight on my back. It was a great reminder that we're great as a team and that we need to think as a team in order to make the most of our life together.
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  • Day4

    Our second morning and we're starting to recognize the same hikers going north on the GR20 at the same time - there's two french guys who usually pass us at some point in the day, an older German couple who have done the trek many times but who decided not to carry their own food anymore like they used to, and 3 Ukrainians our age that we chatted with a bit.

    Again today, we choose an "alpine route" that goes over the summit of Monte Incudine (2134m) instead of the regular GR20 along a valley trail. The day starts steeeeep, with an easy snow patch to cross and then after the summit in the early morning, we follow the ridgeline on a pretty easy, steady downhill trail into a lovely valley of streams, meadows and forests. We saw the coolest salamanders!

    We also are introduced to ridgeline fogs that make route finding more challenging as well as Corsica's rains, which can be short and easy or long and heavy, but should never be underestimated. We made exactly that mistake and didn't take the rain seriously in the valley. "It'll end any minute"... but it never did. We got SO wet! The last 2 hours to our campsite followed another ridgeline with steep dropoffs on either side and we had to negotiate a few easy climbing sections (made more difficult with large heavy packs) along the way. In the rain or fog (they switched back and forth), we needed to be completely focused and eventually made it safely. We had several more laughing about our "this must have been the last of the uphill" moments and kept in good spirits. We were so glad to be in a dry tent, dry clothes and eating our hot dinner inside the tent (again ;) ) as the rain continued throughout the night.
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  • Day12

    Cascade

    August 28 in France

    Heute haben wir uns gewagt mit dem Fahrrad zu einer in der Nähe liegenden Cascade (Wasserfall) zu fahren...den Tip haben wir übrigens an unserem ersten Abend auf dem Campingplatz von einer sehr netten Familie erhalten, die leider am nächsten Morgen abgereist sind.

    Der überwiegende Teil ließ sich gut fahren...ja auf Korsika gibt es Radwege...die letzten Meter wären auch einfach gewesen, hätten wir den richtigen Weg gewählt. Aber wer will denn schon einfach! Das kann ja jeder! Also fuhren wir anfangs einen sehr holbrigen, steinigen Weg (der eher zum Wandern gedacht ist), später konnten wir die Räder nur noch schieben. Der Weg ging steil nach oben um dann wieder bergab zu fahren... irgendwann sind wir dann doch in die Nähe unseres Zieles gelangt wozu nur noch die Überquerung einer Brücke nötig war...haben wir schon erwähnt, dass wir den Fahrradanhänger mit dabei hatten! Die Brücke war ein Glück breit genug, nur der Weg dahin etwas holbrig für Ben...es mussten größere Steine überwunden werden.

    Nach einem weiteren kleinen Fußmarsch über Bäche, Geröll und Steinbrocken sind wir an unser Ziel angelangt. Der Anblick des Wasserfalls war natürlich traumhaft. Jetzt waren wir auch bereit ins kühle Nass zu springen...das Wasser war zwar sehr kalt, aber so erfrischend. Nur Lea war es dann doch zu kalt (bibber bibber).

    Ein schöner Ausflug auch wenn wir geschafft sind!
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  • Day11

    ... der mit 2706m der höchste Berg von Korsika ist, mussten wir heute (bei bestem Wetter) lernen, dass man sich nicht immer auf den Rother Wanderführer verlassen kann. Was als ganz normales Steigen bezeichnet wurde, war für uns ein k.o. - Kriterium. Bei 2350m mussten wir leider aufgeben. Da war Kletterern für Fortgeschrittene angesagt. 😌 Eine schöne Wanderung war es trotzdem. 😀

  • Day22

    Zurück in Campoloro

    September 7 in France

    Da es uns doch zu voll in Calvi war, sind wir wieder zu den Campingplatz Campoloro zurück gekehrt um die letzten Tage ausklingen zu lassen. Für Dienstag haben wir die Fähre gebucht. Von hier aus ist es nur knapp eine Stunde bis Bastia von wo aus unsere Fähre startet.

    Wie der Zufall so will haben wir die Familie wieder getroffen mit denen wir nach Korsika auf der Fähre gerreist sind. Somit hat Lea bis zu unserer Abfahrt Spielkameraden und ist überglücklich.

    Wir kennen ja bereits den Campingplatz, wo er relativ voll war. Aber als wir hier ankamen sah es wie leer gefegt aus. An der Rezeption haben wir gleich erfahren, dass der Platz einen Tag nach unserer Abreise schließt... dadurch hatten wir viel Platzauswahl. Sowohl am Strand als auch am Pool (Wasserrutschen) herrscht kein Andrang... herrlich!
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  • Day24

    ... nur noch 2 Tage

    September 9 in France

    Nachdem wir den Vormittag am Strand verbracht haben, hat es uns jetzt zum Pool gezogen...das liegt auch daran, dass Lea's Freundin hier ist. Außerdem müssen wir die Wasserrutschen noch runter sausen...

  • Day8

    Ostküste

    August 24 in France

    Von der Westküste fuhren wir durch das Landesinnere zur Ostküste zurück. Im Vorfeld haben wir uns einen Campingplatz gesucht auf diesen wir etwas länger bleiben wollen. Damit Lea auch Aktion bekommt, haben wir extra nach einem Platz geschaut der eine Poollandschaft mit Wasserrutsche hat. Bevor wir den Platz anfuhren haben wir uns noch mit Lebensmitteln eingedeckt.

    Nun stehen wir auf den Campingplatz Le Campoloro.

    Es gibt sogar eine Minidisko! Die Wasserrutschen wurden schon erfolgreich von Lea und Papa getestet. Ben und ich haben uns das Treiben entspannt von der Liege aus angesehen. Aber im Pool plantchen das können wir auch...und das macht ganz schön müde.

    Abends haben wir uns den Platz angeschaut und sind zum Strand gelaufen. Morgen geht es dann auch im Meer baden.
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