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Sunday, December 15, 2013
yeeez, guys....it has been a long time since I posted something. And yessss... Elgar is still hiking with us. And enjoying every bit of it.

This was in June 2011 and we did a walk at Duncansbyhead, Scotland's most north-easterly point. Leave your car at the carpark and walk up the hill. You can walk on for hours along cliffs full with nesting birds. An amazing and beautiful spot to stay for a few hours (take something warm with you and something to eat/drink)

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And here you can see some puffins, but also a lot of razor bills, guillemots, fulmars and much more.

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Elgar the Moose • 11:43 PM • Filed under: Landscapes Permalink

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Friday, November 12, 2010
A stunning walk to Le Petit Som (1772m), which provides great views over the Chartreuse.

Good to know:
Distance: 9 kms
Rate: moderate
Map (incl. elevation information): Le Petit Som
GPS-track available for download: yes
As always photo's can be enlarged by clicking on them.

We got this walk out of a booklet called "TopoGuides, Le Parc naturel Regional de Chartreuse ... a pied". The booklet is only available in French. Although we do not speak French at all, we were able to understand what was written and managed to do this walk without any problems. Besides there are many signs along the way. Luckily Elgar also knew where to go smile.

The first few km's are through a forest untill you finally reach le Col de La Ruchere (1405m) from where you have splendid views over the area.
In the background (picture on the left side) you can already see Le Petit Som.

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We are going all the way round it to reach the top, via de Pas de Loup. If you just want to reach the top you can also follow the sign directly to the top, but like said before we take the route via de Pas de Loup, which is more scenic (and a bit longer ofcourse).


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Sunday, September 12, 2010
A very stunning walk to the top of Le Charmant Som (1867 m) . The return way is not that easy though, so you could also opt to go back the way you came. When we did this walk it was clouded with some minor sunny spells. As you can reach the Charmant Som also by car, we went back a day later when it was blue sky all over and therefore some pictures are more bright than others.

Good to know:
Distance: 13 kms
Rate: moderate
Map (incl. elevation information): Le Charmant Som
GPS-track available for download: yes

As always photo's can be enlarged by clicking on them.

We park our car at a tiny village called Le Revols and from here you have a splendid view towards Le Charmant Som. The first 20 minutes are easy going and flat, but then you need to go up for a long time through a forest.

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When you finally get out of the forest, one has a magnificent view over the valley. This part of the walk is called "Dalles" and it is a narrow path over the slopes of the Charmante Som


Elgar the Moose • 07:34 PM • Filed under: Walks • (1) CommentsPermalink

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Friday, August 13, 2010
You must have been thinking: is the Moose still alive?
Yep he certainly is and he has done some great hikes in France in June/July which he would like to show off to you. So here we go. This first hike is done in the Chartreuse, which is just north of Grenoble.

Good to know:
Distance: 6 kms
Rate: moderate (part I, 5 km), difficult (part II)
Map (incl. elevation information): Le Cirque de Saint-Meme
GPS-track available for download: yes (partly)

As always photo's can be enlarged by clicking on them.

This track goes to a beautiful waterfall called the Grand Cascade (part I: doable for all hikers among us) and for those who are more adventurous, part II is a small but not easy detour by climbing up alongside one of the waterfalls, crawl into an opening in the rocks and then finally enter into an enormous cave. Our GPS got confused between the rockformations, so therefore only part I is available for the GPS.

Part II we will try to explain by text and our pictures; especially where to start this Part II is a bit tricky. It tooks us quiet a while to figure it out.
Park at the parking lot of Cirque de Saint-meme. We must warn you that it can be very crowded here in high season; as soon as you see the parkinglot you will understand how crowded it can be. Therefore the last few kilometers by car are subject to toll (only in peakseason)

Walk towards the Auberge and pass the so-called panneau (information sign). On the first picture, if you enlarge it, you can spot the waterfalls.
After a few hunderd meters turn left into the woods and follow the sign "Grande Cascade". The track goes uphill as you can see in picture two.

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Finally you will arrive at a crossing with a signpost directing you to the right, towards the Grand Cascade. Mind this spot, cause you will have to return here to do Part II of this track. Walk for a few minutes and you will see and hear the Grand Cascade. You can walk downwards a few meters to have an even better view. If you continue this track you will end up at a bridge crossing the water. That path will eventually take you back to the parkinglot. That completes Part I of this track.



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