What makes a great guide A guide can make or break your trip. Most of the time they are “exceptional” and will “surpass expectations.” Apart from their mountain competence, they are a pleasure to be with. They are friendly and caring people who enjoy the social aspect of the job.
The Corte Arch or « l’arcu di u Sandulaghju » The first Sunday in September at 9h00, will see the depart of the Corte arch race. It leaves from the town and heads up into the mountains above, to the famous rock formation, known as ‘the arch.’
This summer has seen the launch of an official long distance cycle route in Corsica, called the GT20. The island already boasts a long distance hiking trail that has worldwide notoriety, so it seemed only fitting that there should be a long distance cycle route to compliment it.
Noel Donati was in his mid thirties, running a bar in Marseille, when the opportunity came up, to take a change of direction. He had wanted to return to his Corsican homeland for some time. When a cousin told him aboutopening a cabin called Vachaghja, he seized the opportunity.
The GR20 does not boast an elaborate cuisine but you won’t go hungry! This is the hearty meal that is served at Usciolu refuge. A mix of spiral pasta, carrots and meat. If you want to eat gluten free, I would advise bringing a few of your own products to supplement the meals. Terrain You… Read more »
The itinerary is short, dramatic and alpine. It leads swiftly up to a summit with a memorable panorama, offering a view of the island’s outline in the sea. A bucolic shepherd’s cabin, a taste of the GR20, sun baked rocks, swimming in a giant rock pool at the Cascade des Anglais.
After a challenging walk, what could be better than a hot outdoor bath in a lovely wild setting. The water has a miraculous effect on a tired achy body and brings considerable health benefits. There are about 40 natural hot springs on the island, all of them with a different water.
Not just a hotel, an experience Situated at the entrance of the Restonica Valley (classed as a Grand site de France) the ‘Dominique Colonna’ hotel nestles on the banks of a beautiful pounding river. It is surrounded by a landscape of astonishingly wild beauty.
The difficulty of the GR20 is well known. As well as being prepared physically, you need to choose your equipment really carefully. If you want to get the best out of the experience, make sure you pack the right gear. Travel light, don’t weigh yourself down with a huge backpack. .
Sunday 5th May – The Trail Napoleon at Ajaccio Early Sunday morning in Ajaccio saw the depart of the 19th edition of the Trail Napoleon, a fantastic mountain race that always generates a lot of interest. It set out from the town, famously the birthplace of Napoleon.
The Bearded Vulture, also known as, the Lammergeier, or Altore Like other vultures, the bearded vulture, is a scavenger, feeding mostly on the remains of dead animals. It usually discards the actual meat and lives on a diet that is typically 85-90% bone marrow. This is the only living bird species that specializes in feeding… Read more »
Stand up Paddle
How do guides relax after a week’s mountain walking? When I am back down from the mountains after guiding a trek, I always crave the same things. I want a good massage, I do lots of stretching, I walk around barefoot, to give my feet a breather after the confines of hiking shoes and I… Read more »
The GR20 is considered the hardest long distance trail. For most hikers taking two weeks, it’s a challenge, imagine the exploit to run it. The terrain is particularly technical, rough and rocky with numerous scrambling sections. It spans 180 kilometres and incorporates 14,000 metres ascent and 14,000 metres descent.
The high altitude lakes in Corsica are of glacier origin, they formed 14,000 years ago and are of varying size and depth. The majority of lakes are situated between 1700 and 2200 metres altitude. Many of the lakes are surrounded by a sort of turf, called pozzines or pozzi.
The Nuthatch, or Sittelle, is a small bird that is noisy, agitated and full of exuberance. It’s about 12cms high and weighs around 12 grams. It has a white eyebrow and a black/grey head cap with a white tummy. If you spot a small bird in a pine tree and have a doubt that it’s… Read more »