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Published: December 21st 2013
The GR20 is renowned as the toughest long distance trek in Europe, covering the interior of Corsica for 200kms. I did the guided 2-week trek of the Northern and Southern sections with Utracks. The northern section is deemed the more technical and interesting, with the iron ladders and chains at the Circle of Solitude as a major highlight. However the Southern section is not to be underestimated with stunning alpine forest scenery, steeper ascents and descents, and longer days than the Northern section. By the end of the trek, I was physically spent. I am no climber, but I had a hell of a lot of fun with the rock scrambling. You also need to have complete confidence in yourself and your boots, as sometimes you are balancing on 45-50 degree rock ledges or traversing thin ridgelines. Starting in the first 2 weeks of June, there was always a good chance of some snow on the trail, however this year the snow had not yet melted which was unprecedented. As a result, we had to skip the Circle of Solitude because it was deemed too hazardous with lots of snow and ice, even if we had ice axes and crampons –
we had been told that a couple of hikers had perished, and many others had had to be evacuated from that section. Weather-wise we had the 4 seasons in one day ranging from sun, rain, wind, snow, hail. Typical French hospitality in the gites and mountain refuges with good filling meals, aperitifs and Corsican red wine flowing at the end of the day – yeah, it was tough.
Tot: 3.64s; Tpl: 0.047s; cc: 37; qc: 163; dbt: 0.0904s; 3; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.7mb