under the radar
First Dive off the African continent...
Inspired by my latest reading...
il est temps de rétablir les frontières,
non pas pour se faire la guerre,
mais pour restaurer les différences
qui donnent aux peuples leur pertinence,
se réapproprier une culture unique
rythmée par l'aire géographique
qu'elle soit du village voisin
ou d'un pays lointain.
Jotted down during a creative lunch while reading Les Identités Vagabondes by Alain Cluzet, an essay on the unstopabale uniformisation of the world through architectural and cultural globalisation.
He lacked wisdom and the only way to get it was to buy it whith his youth,and when wisdom was his, youth would have been spent.
Sihpon Coffee , the Nippon way
"La vie n'est pas un problème à résoudre, mais une expérience à vivre"
Laurent de Wilde - Les Fous du Son, d'Edison à nos jours (éditions Grasset)
Mapping customization debuts
While designing a day-long hike with my best friend Bernie in the Gorges de la Dordogne, trying to keep the loop-route to a reasonable distance we came across three non-existent sections.
The first one we could have actually added a kilometer to stay on the path, that one finally got changed in the GPX here under. The steep descent amid a moss-covered forest section and back up again was an adventure in itself, using caution to avoid stepping on the numerous decomposing tree logs that would have crumbled under our feet and sent us to the bottom.
The second one was a stream crossing from the main forest track to an ancient mine and its access path climbing out of the valley again. Shallow waters in the midst of summer make it a safe option.
The third, a long and potentially steep descent in bushy woodland was not necessary as an actual forest-maintenance path exists in the real world, but not on any map, be it the official French IGN or Open Street Maps.
Having enjoyed a well-deserved refreshing beer, then came the time to edit Open Street Maps and add the third section.
The path now exists "officially" and the full GPX tour here under can be walked safely. Enjoy
,in winter, ski-touring dawn-partrol reveals the magic of a waking mountain, in summer the extreme heat of southern France urges for very early morning rides.
Long sunrise tour of some famous wine villages shredding the forest paths and indulging the views of a waking Ventoux through Seguret, Vaison-la-Romaine, Rasteau, Cairanne and the hills around.
#backpackingiceland - step 3: get there!
Heading off on a ski touring "dawn patrol" before sunrise allows one to witness the magic of the end of night and the promess of a new day as well as being overwhelmed by the mind blowing colors and contratst in the sky while having the space all for oneself, indulging the calm and the vanishing night wildlife (a fox trotting on the ridge of a snowy hill that morning).
Ski tour to Col Agnel on italian border in southern Alps Queyras National Park, France.
Last Sunrise of 2021...
Caffeine shot on the way to the office
New Travel/Adventure Project...
Goal for 2022!
Magic evening with best friend overlooking Cirque de Gavarnie, Pyrénées, France. 3 days hiding in the mountains as pandemic lockdowns continue.
Vanlifing & Hiking in Cantabria & Asturias