- book travel to and from (it's getting more expensive by the day, don't forget!)
- parcel drops en route? (in my case, no, I don't think so)
- book some accommodation?
- communications - dealing with mobile phones, emails, blog updates (!) and call
charges, an issue to be reckoned with
My next blog entry here deals with the logistics
- get maps and any necessary guidebooks so that can be done
- fill any gaps in good time so new kit can be tested before you go
- discard about half of it, so the rucksack can actually be lifted off the ground..
So, how hard can that be? Only three main headings and nine bits underneath...
I must do the logistics stuff early; I hope to have it done by mid-April latest, and out of the way.
The route is tricky. You would think buying a good guide book would be all you need to do, but for the HRP that is not how it works. Unlike the GR10 and GR11 it is not waymarked, and there is no official route! it is more of a concept, ie to stay close to the watershed of the Pyrenees, and how exactly you do that is up to you. Working out the best route will be my biggest single task between now and departure, especially as I've done the first half more than once already, and will want it to be a bit different this time.
Gear is the fun bit. Actually I have a lot of good gear already, including the basics of rucksack, sleeping bag and tent. But there will be things I want to change or renew, and everything will have to be looked at, because it really is fun...
So in summary, I must dig deep and sort out the logistics; after that, I will spend not nearly enough time trying to sort out a good route, and then I will spend far too much time playing with and fussing over my walking kit. You heard it here first!
|This is Arne, who was carrying his own bodyweight in unnecessary gear, when we set off from Hendaye..|
|Mountain Gentian.. my favourite flower; who needs a huge pack, if you have something as beautiful as this to look at?|