Hike to Crêt des Mouches

Last summer, I went on a hike to Crêt des Mouches, a mountain in the Bornes next to La Tournette.

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Walk along Lac du Bourget: From Bourget-du-Lac to Aix-les-Bains

Starting from the Savoie Technolac in Bourget-du-Lac, I walked on the Voie Verte along Lac du Bourget towards Aix-les-Bains. On the way, I made a detour through Base de Loisir des Mottets in Viviers-du-Lac.

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Fog in Rotterdam: Nieuwe Maas, Het Park

Starting from my hotel near Oudehaven, I walked along the Nieuwe Maas river until Leuvehaven and the Maritime Museum. Then I made a detour through the Westersingel canal, on the way to Het Park, where the Euromast is located. I had planned to visit the observatory, but I decided to postpone because of the fog. Instead, I walked back to Erasmusbrug along the river.

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Hike to Lac des Chambres, Pointe de Bellegarde & Lac de la Vogealle (part 2)

This is the second part of the loop around Pointe Rousse des Chambres. Below are photos of the trail from the summit of Pointe de Bellegarde to Samoëns, passing through Lac de la Vogealle and Combe aux Puaires.

Above, Giffre torrent, in the Cirque du Fer à Cheval.

Above, on the way down to Col des Chambres.

Above, herd of alpine ibexes.

Above, Pointe de Bellegarde.

Above, alpine ibex in front of the Pointe Rousse des Chambres.

Above, at Col des Chambres.

Above, the correct path to Pas de l’Ours passes through the stones there.

Above, Pointe Rousse des Chambres.

Above, on the way down the Combe de la Vogeallette.

Above, Combe de la Vogeallette.

Above, Pointe de Bellegarde from below.

Above, at the bottom of the Combe, with the Pointe Rousse now completely in the clouds.

Above, looking at Col des Chambres.

Above, on the way up again, trying to get back to the trail.

Above, Lac de la Vogealle and Combe de la Vogealle.

Above, Pas de l’Ours, back on the trail.

Above, Refuge de la Vogealle.

Above, looking back at the Pas de l’Ours.

Above, on the path to Lac de la Vogealle.

Above, Lac de la Vogealle.

Above, herd of sheep (and a few goats).

Above, on the way to Combe aux Puaires.

Above, last look at the lake.

Above, at the Combe aux Puaires.

Above, back on grass.

Above, curious sheep. Usually, they are very shy but this one approached me and let itself be pet.

Above, sunlight in the valley.

Above, Refuge du Folly.

Above, near the Parking.

Hike to Chalets de l’Eau Froide

The Chalets de l’Eau Froide are emergency huts in the Bauges Massif. They are rumoured to have one of the best views on the Lac d’Annecy from the southern direction. However, there was a thick fog when I arrived there so I could not verify it… I basically followed these directions, with the map here (except at the end, where I continued a bit further).

I came by bike from Annecy to the Parking du Martinet, deep inside the Combe d’Ire in the village of Doussard. This was the location of the (still unsolved) quadruple murder of 2012, known as the Chevaline killings. The road continues in the direction of Col de Chérel but is reserved for forest management activities. The forest trail to the Chalets starts a bit after the car park. After reaching the Chalets, I continued in the direction of the Plan de France. It is one the possible routes to reach the Pointe d’Arcalod, the highest summit of the Bauges Massif. Instead, I continued in the direction of the Col de Chérel (but not reaching it). I then found the road to get back to the Parking and complete the loop. That last part on the paved road really felt endless, so the directions I linked above would probably have been better.

Above, near the landing area for paragliders in Lathuile.

Above, looking towards the Combe d’Ire.

Above, the Ire river.

Above, paved road just above the Parking du Martinet.

Above, on the trail to Chalets de l’Eu Froide.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Lac d’Annecy in the fog.

Above, Chalets de l’Eau Froide in the fog.

Above, looking towards Pointe de Vélan.

Above, looking at the other side of the Vallon de Saint-Ruph.

Above, Pointe de Vélan.

Above, some cows on the way to Plan de France.

Above, Plan de France.

Above, Mont Trélod and Montagne du Charbon, on the other side of the Combe d’Ire.

Above, Col de Chérel.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Ire river.

Above, La Tournette in the clouds.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Dents de Lanfon and Lanfonnet.

Above, last ray of sunligh in Duingt.

Above, climbing rock in Duingt.

Above, red Dents de Lanfon, seen from a beach in Sévrier.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, the Libellule floating restaurant.

Enryakuji Temple on Mount Hiei

Located in Kyoto’s eastern mountain range on Mount Hiei (比叡山), Enryakuji (延暦寺) is one of the most important monasteries in Japanese history. Enryakuji’s temples are concentrated in three areas: Todo (east area), Saito (west area) and Yokawa (which I did not visit). I went there using the Sakamoto Cablecar, the longest cable car route in Japan. While I was there, it was raining heavily and there was a lot of fog.

Above, the main hall (Kompon Chudo), in the Todo area.

Above, Amida Hall.

Above, on the way to the Saito area.

Above, Shaka Hall.

Above, Otsu City mascot, back at the cable car station.

Hike from Mount Takao to Mount Jinba in the rain

A few weeks ago, I went back to Mount Takao, in Hachioji City, in western Tokyo. This time, the objective was to hike all the way to Mount Jinba, passing through the summits of Mount Kobotoke-Shiroyama and Mount Kagenobu along the way. Although it started to rain quite heavily at some stage, I still had a great time.

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