Injisuthi was the third and last reserve in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park that I visited during my South Africa trip this April. In contrast to Monk’s Cowl and Cathedral Peak where we walked on the first two days, the escarpment in Injisuthi is somewhat lower (around 2,000 m vs. 3,000 m). The whole area is also more remote than either Monk’s Cowl or Cathedral Peak, which made the drive to Injisuthi as much of an exciting experience as the short walk itself. Read the rest of this entry »
Like in Monk’s Cowl, where we walked on our first day in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park, the summit of Cathedral Peak gives its name to the whole reserve surrounding it. This is where we decided to drive out to on the second day. Read the rest of this entry »
Monk’s Cowl is one of eleven reserves in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park in South Africa. I spent a few days in the park while travelling through South Africa this April and did three day walks in different parts of the park.
Monk’s Cowl, being right next to our accommodation at Inkosana Lodge, was the first reserve on the list. The walk was meant to be an easy start to a few days of walking (and an opportunity to finally recover from a lingering hangover following a friend’s wedding two days before), but it turned out to be a tough heat test and one of the hardest walks I’ve ever done. Read the rest of this entry »
After a while I’ve finally found the time to come back to the marmot post. As I’ve been going through the admin area, I came across a few links I saved last summer.
Among the links, there were these amazing photos from the hikers Haute Route and the Bernese Oberland from the View Finder Dispatch.
Kindly prepared by WordPress, here are a few numbers about the marmot post in 2012. Life has been too busy since September, but I have a few more posts lined up, which should see the light of the world in the next couple of months.
Here’s an excerpt from the WordPress report:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.
Here comes the first guest post for the marmot post. It is hopefully one of many to build out a library of trip reports from across the Alps, starting with the Alta Via 2 in the Italian Dolomites by Martin. Enjoy the post! And, many thanks Martin!
If you’d like to contribute with your own trip report, drop me a line in the comments section. ^marketa
Hello to all you avid readers of the Marmot Post. My name is Martin and about a year ago I came across this blog whilst researching a trek I was planning in the Dolomites. As a result of that Marketa invited me to write an article for the Post which I am very happy to do.
Every year I get together with a group of friends to go hiking in the mountains and the destinations vary from the Lakes in England to the Alps and the Pyrenees. This year we settled on the first 5 days of the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites, Italy and what a trip it turned out to be. We walked 48Km and climbed +/-3,500m in the 5 days including the Piz Boe at 3,152m.
Sentiero Flaibani is a trail in the Italian Dolomites connecting the Citta di Fiume and Venezia rifugios used as a variant of the Alta Via 1. The route skirts around the Pelmo and scrambles through its scree field to Forcella Val d’Arcia. The main AV1 guidebooks only describe it in passing. They praise the views, but refer to it in vague terms as challenging, mention iron ropes and warn not to attempt it in bad weather. Walkopedia goes as far as implying that “it is likely to scare you into nightmares.” At the end of it you are left tempted, but also worried that it might be a bit too much. So how bad is it really?