August 3, 2017

Perfect Hell - GR20 in Corsica - Part 3 of 3

Australians to the rescue! I was struggling to explain in my broken French that we would appreciate to have at least some breakfast even before the sun is up, so that we could continue to enjoy rising very early during my holiday hell that they call GR20. It was in fact a team of father and two sons all the way from Australia who managed to get my point across to the guardian of the mountain hut that we didn't necessarily need warm milk in our morning coffee at 4:45 in the morning. This is part three of my blog series covering 6-day hike across Corsica.

July 24, 2017

Enjoyable Hell - GR20 in Corsica - Part 2 of 3

This is part two of the GR20 expedition in the summer of 2017. I would kindly advise you to read part one first unless already done so and you still need to wait a little for part three to be published. Is this finally the episode where the tingling sensation is upon us and we need to assume a brace position with our walking poles as an extra lightning rods? At least a proper storm was expected in the afternoon of day number three. Well beyond midnight, when I was answering the call of the nature the sky was still cloudless and littered with millions of stars. Night sky is always truly spectacular when hiking in the mountains.

July 19, 2017

Alleviated Hell - GR20 in Corsica - Part 1 of 3

Instead of reading this three part blog entry, you may want to directly google the words "my holiday hell" and find relatively accurate description of just how enjoyable of an experience it is to hike through GR20-footpath across island of Corsica. I can only share half of the fun in my blog as we decided against the whole 180 kilometer coast to coast trek, but opted for the alpine northern half of what has been dubbed as the toughest trail in Europe.

June 18, 2017

Gearing up for Mountains of Pain

Super excited. That's how I feel right about now. 5 days and counting before I embark on my next adventure. Finally I will be experiencing the famous GR20 or fra li monti which takes me across island of Corsica - at least across the more mountaneous northern part of the route.

May 27, 2017

Mountain as a birthday present

What would you give to a close friend who already has everything? The friend, who also happens to be your next door neighbor, is reaching an esteemed age of full 100 years later this year. She already has plenty of material goods, so she doesn't need any more stuff to put on top of the mantelpiece. She has also accumulated a wealth of immaterial possessions over the years. One thing that she doesn't have yet though is a proper mountain.

May 14, 2017

A visit to highest toilet in South East Asia - Reprise of Mount Kinabalu hike in Borneo

Do I hear the crowd asking for an encore? At least one avid reader was missing a recount of my visit to the highest toilet in South East Asia. This particular blog post was originally featured in my other blog - Frosty the Lion - which captures expatriate experience of living in Singapore. As the only hiking related entry in that particular blog, it is appropriate to be duplicated on this hiking blog as well. The text has been slightly edited to fit this purpose and there are few new pictures even for old readers. Without further ado here is the reprise of my trek to Mount Kinabalu due to overwhelming public demand.