What canicule? Hiking in Belledonne

This summer we don’t get much good weather in France. Two saturdays ago it was raining, and although the sunday was not raining the view up in the mountain was not very good. We went to Grande Sure in Chartreusse but due to the contrast between sun and the remaining wet weather the mountains were covered with fogs.

So when they announced canicule – heat waves – in almost north-west side of France, we picked up our phone and dialed the refuge de la Pra in Belledonne mountains to see whether they got place to stay for this weekend. It was tuesday and they were fully booked already. It was expected. Continue reading

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Bastille day camping

French national day is celebrated on 14 July each year. It is known as the Bastille day that commemorates the 1789 French revolution. This year the 14 July fell on a thursday so a lot of people – and I – took our friday off to have a long weekend.

The weather was cold and rainy for a July. We initially planned to go to Beaufortain on the north but heavy rain was predicted. We thus modified the destination to the south that has slightly better prediction. Continue reading

Vercors hike

I have been hiking a few times around Grenoble and now it became harder and harder to find new spots that I haven’t been walked to. Of course it would be easier if I had a car but since I take the bus to do my hiking my options are rather limited.

From the three massifs around Grenoble, Vercors is the easiest massif to reach by public transportation. One of the simplest option is to go to Villard de Lans (about 1000m a.s.l), a small rather cute town, and then hike to the rather easy Col Vert (about 600m altitude difference) or to the popular Pic St. Michel.

So this time, I tried to find an alternative and found that we can walk to the Rochers de l’Ours between Col Vert and Col de l’Arc.  Continue reading

Under the sky

French spring has been quite wet this year. Rain has been pouring almost every weekend and finding a good time to go to mountain has been difficult. When I was writing this story Paris was on yellow flood alert (just below red and orange), it feels like Jakarta.

So one of my personal project this year is to do an easy bivouac. Essentially a bivouac is to go to the mountain and sleep there. It can be as simple as a night under the sky with a sleeping bag or as many night as you wish according to your capacity. Continue reading

Double hike in Chartreuse

After a series of unpleasant weather on weekends, I finally did my first 2016 spring hike this weekend. I couldn’t do much on saturday since it rained. The weather forecast for sunday wasn’t exciting either; the sun wouldn’t be up before noon and northern wind would still dominate the region. However, we had been waiting for sun since forever, so took our chance and decided to hike. Continue reading