In week 3 the GR1 got tougher as we plunged into the jumbled geology of the Sierra de Cadi. There were some bird highlights, plenty of dog encounters (good and bad), some logistical difficulties, heavy packs and few more hotels than planned. A timely decision at the end made all the difference.
Thoughts and an update from week 2 of our GR1 hike across Spain. Almost 200km inland, we have reached the foot of the high country.
Week 1 of our walk across Spain on the GR1 ‘Sendero Historico’. In 6 days we have ascended from the blazing Coastal plain to into the deep woods of the lonely Sierra Garrotxa.
Camped on the Mediterranean coast and poised to begin the GR1, we are tired from travel and frazzled from planning, but the ideals behind the journey are still intact. A final review of thoughts before the long walk west.
In a last effort to get our rucksack weights down we had to scrutinize each item and had to make some hard choices. The result was a fresh view of our kit and hitting our 9kg target baseweight!
Hiking is only part of the picture. We have planned a number of mini-projects to make the most of our time on the GR1 this spring.
With only a week to go before we leave for Spain to begin the GR1 there’s still loads to do and a few lingering concerns…
Update on our final gear selection for the GR1 trail this spring, including an insight into how we made these choices and reviews of our favourite kit.
A selection of photos from our first winter in Orkney, a time of dramatic weather and spectacular light in these wild islands.
Our physical preparation for a long distance hike is only part of the story. We share some of the challenges we face, and ‘survival strategies’ we have, for hiking as a couple.