Arrondissement de Sartène

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  • Day10

    Corsica, France

    June 16, 2017 in France

    Corsica, less than an hour's ferry ride, and you get to speak a little French, or at least attempt to. The port of Bonifacio is where we entered Corsica....and what an entrance! The fortress walls dominated the view. We took the little tourist train up to the top of the fortress and old town . Great views from here. Perfect day for Alan's birthday!

  • Day10

    Clanca Murata - T6 route

    May 27 in France

    After being forced into a seaside resort for the night due to a big rally car race around the Northern peninsula of Corsica, we spent the day in Bastia trying to figure out the most economical way to Bavella for climbing.

    Since buses don't make there way there until July and camping is a 10 minute drive away, we rented a car for 14€ a day. And yes, the car runs.

    In Bavella we took to the hills and spent a couple hours route finding our way up Clanca Murata. With no large packs today we were able to do some more intensive scramble climbing to the top.

    It was another great experience in route finding. There weren't any markers this time but we came across some old climbing bolts so we felt like we did a great job reading the rock.
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  • Day14

    Leo's pretend project

    May 31 in France

    We like to talk about having a project climb. Basically a climb that's one level above what you think you can climb and will take numerous attempts to complete. When we arrived in Bavella to climb we were 5b climbers (according to the French system). 5b is one of many climbing grades given to each route so you know whether you have a fighting chance to climb a route.

    While flipping through the guidebook in camp Leo saw a picture of a beautiful looking 5c route. "This should be our project". Mareike agreed that the route looked amazing and it was set, we had a project. This meant we would spend some time attempting the route, trying to reach the top figuring out the moves.

    The climb was a beautiful dihedral that had a couple slices running up the gut creating flakes to use as hands or foot jams. When we looked at the bottom of the climb the start was a great bouldery start (gymnastic type moves to get up). From there it was up a face and then you gain the final crack.

    As far as a project goes, well we both completed the climb first try. The start was a blast to figure out and took a series of about 5 moves to gain maybe a meter. Then after the first face, there was a large block to climb around/on top of using some holds underneath the block. At the top of the final crack we both agreed that after the last piece of protection you had to commit and make the final moves to the anchor.

    We've never felt so excited to finish a climb before. Both of us let out yells of excitement upon reaching the top. It might not have been a project, but we both agreed it was the funnest climb of the trip yet.
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  • Day14

    The three most important rules of mountaineering are...
    1. You don't have to make it to the top, but safely back down (so you can climb some more tomorrow).
    2. Every step is an important one.
    3. The best climber is the one having the most fun!

    Four days of climbing in Bavella made it easy to be "the best" climbers. We had such a fun time here in a most scenic setting! Often you could hear us singing made-up songs early in the mornings as we warm up our bodies and minds and hike up about 20 minutes from the road. Bavella's granite rock is quite grippy, which is helping us trust our feet and use smaller and smaller hand holds for balance. We're also graduating from slab climbs to more vertical climbs and consciously choose the routes that challenge us mentally and in technique for vertical face climbing.

    The area is huge and dotted with hundreds of climbs, so we follow our guidebook's advice and keep moving from crag to crag throughout the day. The first two days were mixed weather and we keep having to pack all our things and take breaks while we wait for the rock to dry again. The next 2 days are perfect weather - hazy sun with a cool breeze. Happy Liebstes!

    Meeting other climbers at our campsite and in the mountains usually makes us realize how much we have to learn yet and that we're still such beginners :) But even in just the four days here, plenty of the climbs we choose are pushing us to a new level of confidence on the rock. Leo's strengths are definitely in the climbs with large features that require a lot of technical moves - the climbs that Mareike thinks always look the most fun. My strength is more in the tiny features and balanced face climbs - the ones Leo usually thinks are terrifying . But we learn on every climb, mostly about each other, ourselves and how we can get stronger mentally to climb the funnest routes. One climb here was so fun, it deserves its own story (to follow).

    Tomorrow we're moving west to do a few climbs by the coast and then slowly move back North again. Bavella definitely offered the funnest outdoor climbing we've ever done!
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  • Day2

    Our journey begins today with a 3 hour bus ride south. It's crazy to think we'll be going on foot for days to make the same distance, slowly heading back north in the wilderness. Around noon we arrive in Conca, a small town on the foot of Corsica's southern mountains. We start our hike here, our backpacks filled with supplies for the next 14 days and our heads full of adventures to be had together.

    The downside of starting in the early afternoon is the extreme heat, it feels like we don't even need to be moving to start sweating right away :) The rocky trail starts in a young and bright green forest. After a few hours of uphill, there is a rock gap to walk through (picture 3), and we both agree it's like a rock gate into a new world - from here, we're secluded from street and city noises and surrounded by only rock, nature and the mountains. Just what we were looking for! :)

    We follow the white-red trail markings (picture 2) along small waterfalls and swimming holes and then lots more uphill all the way to our first camp spot with views all the way to the ocean. Because of the late start, we get there just in time to set up the tent before dark. Since we're exhausted and it's dark anyways, we decide to eat dinner inside the tent and pass out right after.
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  • Day6

    Tour de Corse

    October 3, 2017 in France

    für  die Liebhaber von Oldtimern findet eine Auto-Ralley in der Philosophie der "Tour de Corse" der 70er und 80er Jahre statt. An den Start gehen Fahrzeuge der Baujahre von 1955 bis 1981. Insgesamt gibt es mehr als 120 Städte und Dörfer, die zu Etappen-Punkten mit Animationen werden

    und wir waren live dabei in der Hafenstadt Porto Vecchio und konnten im Fahrerlager den Porsche von Walter Röhrl und viele schöne Autos bewundernRead more

  • Day5

    .. gestaltete sich heute schwierig weil entweder kamen wir mit dem Womo nicht ans Wasser oder die belebten Strände waren ohne Stellplätze. Zwischendurch konnten wir noch auf einem Campingplatz unser Abwasser entsorgen und Frischwassertank aufgefüllt. Nach fünft Stunden entlang...

  • Day7

    letzte Nacht auf Korsika

    October 4, 2017 in France

    man gönnt sich ja sonst nichts, wir haben heut ein super Hotel erwischt!😎
    erst waren wir im Meer baden und jetzt im Pool

    zuvor hatten wir eine schöne Abschieds Tour durch die Berge von Korsika

    morgen geht es von Bonifacio nach Sardinien und dann Richtung Heimat😔😕

  • Day7


    October 4, 2017 in France

    Der Hafen von Bonifacio mit dem Kalksteinplateau im Süden und der darauf angesiedelten Altstadt ist wohl einer der eindrucksvollsten im Mittelmeerraum. Das Plateau ist an seinem Fuß auf der Seeseite stark ausgewaschen, sodass die Häuser darauf fast wie auf einem Balkon stehen.

    Die  Treppe des Königs von Aragon, deren Stufen in den Stein gehauen von der Oberstadt bis zum Meer führen.

  • Day7

    auf der Staumauer

    October 4, 2017 in France

    Ein als Erddamm angelegter 25 m hoher Damm, über den die D368 nördlich nach Zonza führt, ermöglicht dieses wichtige Trinkwasserreservoir von rund drei Millionen Kubikmetern

    hier ist für mich das schönste Foto der Tour entstanden

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Arrondissement de Sartène, Arrondissement de Sartene

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