GPT16 Volcán Quetrupillán / Villaricca Traverse (part 2)

15 December 2017

Somewhere, underneath the snow the trail is hiding. The trees are still buried under the snow pack and they form a kind of Mikado maze. Holding the GPS I try to find my way. Roughly. Up through a white forest.

Within an hour I’ve left the maze and now I’m in an open landscape. Here, hiking and navigating is a lot easier. Even though the sun is shining it’s still cold and even without snowshoes iI’m able to hike over the thick, white layer. Every few kilometers the landscape changes, but always with one of the many volcanoes in sight. Continue Reading…

Villaricca Traverse (part 1): volcano, snow and sun

13 December 2017
Villaricca Traversia

While I’m waiting for my backpack to get through the Chilean customs, I show the bus driver my maps on Locus. ‘Look, I’d like to get of the bus here. It’s about 10 kilometers from this border. I believe it’s near a mirador‘. I try to explain in my best Spanish. ‘Bien’, is all I get for an answer.  Continue Reading…

PPT: Sveti Andrija fort to Dom Orjen

9 July 2017
PPT Dom Orjen

Day 9: 31,9 km. (+ 1540m. uphill and 650m. downhill)

It’s about 8.30 when I reach Kafana Grakavac. I’ve just hiked today’s first 10k. The kafana is a little off trail and situated next to a highway and it’s open. Yeah! They’re serving Turkish coffee. Yeah! They’re serving a hot sandwich. Oh… yeah! Continue Reading…

PPT: Ivanova Korita – Vidikovac – Velji Zalazi

2 July 2017
Velji Zalazi Chapel PPT

Day 7: 19km (+750m. uphill and 1100m. downhill)

As the clouds move over for a few seconds I see the chapel at the settlement of Velji Zalazi. Velji Zalazi sounds promising. Once, it used to be a village in the middle of the mountains high above the bay of the Kotor. Now it’s no more than ruins. And the chapel. Continue Reading…

PPT: Brajići to Ivanova Korita (NP Lovćen)

28 June 2017
PPT Brajići Majtori

Day 5 and 6: 0 + 19,2 km (+1200m uphill and 740m. downhill)

At the town of Budva I take a zero. It’s pretty touristic out here. However, tourist season hasn’t started yet so it is still quiet out here. What’s to say about a zero? Shower, laundry, eating seafood and buying resupplies. At the local market I buy dried mushrooms and raspberries, fresh cheese and dried sausage. I also buy a lighter. No more soaked food! Those kinds of things. Continue Reading…