Lyon, 7am, a cold winter saturday morning waiting on a train station platform – I am about to embark for a journey that will bring me to Paris, Reykjavik and finally Vancouver, Canada. Two years and ten months after my arrival in Auckland, New Zealand, I am finally heading out again with a long journey from home ahead. Images of my first steps in Te Aotearoa grow in my thoughts. I feel at peace and calm, happy to start a new adventure and looking forward to find out more about the immense territory I am heading for.
Last August, on the final day of my Tour du Mont Blanc, my itinerary brought me up to Lac Blanc, located in the Aiguilles Rouges Natural Reserve at 2352m above the Chamonix valley. The place was so crowded, I’ve immediately decided not to stop by and head down to the valley. But I had in mind to come back later on this year once the peak season would be off.
La Suisse, ses forêts, ses chalets, son calme et l’accueil chaleureux, le brouillard et la pluie. Puis le retour des sommets, des glaciers, des montagnes jamais quittées et du soleil. Voici ce qui m’attendait dans cette deuxième partie de l’aventure sur le Tour du Mont Blanc, avec en point de mire, le retour en France et la fin de la boucle.
TMB. Trois lettres aussi célèbres dans le monde de la randonnée que les quatre d’UTMB le sont à celui de l’Ultra Trail. Pour à l’arrivée, la même finalité : partir à l’aventure autour du plus célèbre massif montagneux d’Europe, ses sommets légendaires, ses paysages superbes et inégalables, et ses incalculables opportunités pour tout pratiquant de sport outdoor. Continue reading “Trekking the Mont Blanc Massif (Fr.) 1/2”
Not far from the place I call home, is a lake surrounded by mountains. Lake Annecy or the blue lake as we sometimes name it, is the cleanest lake in Europe. A natural gateway to the northern parts of the French Alps and a perfect playground for outdoors lovers and adventurers. Continue reading “La Tournette, Annecy Lake”
Someone said inspiration triggers adventures. I believe that’s what happened when I read an article last February about photos and kayak adventures in Fjords along the Norwegian coast. 3 clicks later, I was checking flight prices for the Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway. Located almost 200km north of the arctic circle, seven islands form an archipelago known for its dramatic mountains and peaks, white sand beaches and untouched wilderness … Continue reading “Lofoten’s Call”
Arthur’s Pass is the highest of the three passes allowing to cross the Southern Alps and the most direct route to go from Christchurch to the West Coast (and vice versa). At an altitude of 920m above sea level, it is also the gateway to Arthur’s Pass National Park, its twenty 2000+ peaks and countless hiking opportunities.