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Since you're asking how to get from the UK to somewhere, I'll assume you're an UK citizen. Below you'll find a picture that shows your visa requirements. You have two options: coming from above (crossing to Russia) and coming from below (crossing the whole Turkey). I'm pretty sure you'll pick the second choice, since Ukraine is at war and you'd need a ...


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TL;DR Know the season Know when and where hunting is allowed Know the time hunters are most active Make some noise Most important: wear the right colours Answer Good question! Staying safe from hunters is rather the same thing in every country and doesn't apply to hiking or bird-watching only. However, I've added France related information whenever ...


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Camping If you're walking with a tent and pitching it up somewhere high in the mountains (this may not be legal, but if you're well behaved nothing will happen), you won't have a problem with crowds. Very few people hike with a tent. In general, as soon as you're more than ~2 hours from the nearest car park, you're out of the crowds. That being said, it ...


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If you want to investigate the Spanish side, you could try the Ordesa Y Monte Perdido National Park. We approached from the French side by car, through the D-137/A138 tunnel, and then drove through the Añisclo Canyon to Nerin, which is a mountain village that makes a good starting point / base camp. It looks like an even more impressive approach might be on ...


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My wife and I have just returned from a week of hiking in and near the eastern Pyrenees, starting from Foix, having flown in to Toulouse. The train journey from Toulouse to Foix is pleasant and takes about three hours. From there we did three days on the Sentier Cathar, which follows the route of the GR107, then a day south on the GR107 to Ax les Thermes, ...


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For the sake of completeness I would like to add that flying might actually be the cheapest option for you. While it sounds like an amazing adventure, walking takes a lot of time, and you still need to eat, at least sometimes you might want to sleep indoors, you might need to take a bus or a ferry every now and then. If I would have very little money, I ...


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August is high season so the huts will be very full, particularly at weekends. It's best to book well in advance. If you stick to the more popular marked hiking trails you are unlikely to experience much snow at that time of year. Just read the guidebook - if there are any technical passages that require equipment it will be highlighted. Of course these ...


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About twelve years ago, I went hiking in Sant Maurici National Park in the Pyrenees. It's the other National Park in the Pyrenees (the first is the one Wajurgmitr mentioned). There are two viable entrances to the park- from Boi in the west and Espot in the east - I started in Espot. There are ten or so refuges in the park, in which you can eat and sleep, ...


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There's always going to be some risk being out wild camping with animals around but I have found that 99% of the time you will be fine! I've had everything from wild boar to hedgehogs and hedgehogs can be very loud! Like cbeleites said unusual animal noises seem much louder during the night. As for leaving the tent at night safely that really depends on ...


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I agree that the sources on the internet for the GRs (grandes randonnées, the main long-distance trails in France) are a bit old-fashioned, and not ideal for finding routes. However here are some pointers to get you started -- I've linked to pages that might help you but the parent websites are worth a browse. In general French websites assume some ...


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I found this route that fitted perfectly. The above link leads to the best topo I could find online (it's in French, unfortunately). Here's a picture from that page: It is a one-hour drive from the Ailefroide camping, according to google maps. The Alps are really outstanding for the variety of rock you can find in such a short range.


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I was climbing around Ailefroide in the Barre des Écrins quite some time ago and my climbing level at the time was in the 5th French grade. Unfortunately I do not have a guidebook of the area and do not remember specific routes, but they were all medium long multi-pitch routes that are excellently bolted. So I guess they are well suited to your stated ...


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Iceland Not the answer you wanted of course, but there are very few places in the world where you don't find mosquitoes and the others are considerably further away. New Caledonia, French Polynesia, The Seychelles, Antarctica. While not in France, the first two of these are special collectivities of France, and the first three are French speaking. The ...


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CampingGaz cartridges are incompatible with threaded cartridges, as the former use a kind of snap-on valve mechanism and don't have threads. Because of this, you can't use CampingGaz cartridges with threaded stoves (and vice-versa). However, if you travel to France and have to buy cartridges there, Edelrid (and potentially other manufacturers) makes an ...


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This is all information you can get from a plethora of online sources, but from a quick 2 minutes I found this: for Grenoble, a 20cm snowfall is a high average. Temperature change between day and night can be around 9C (+2 to -7) in winter but more like 12C in August, and the higher up you are, the colder this will get. from https://www.worldweatheronline....


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Having camped in France for the last 5 years and have been returning the same place, Camping Municpal at Cap-de-l'Homy, I suggest you have a look at the Office National des Forets (ONF) Camping Charter, http://www.onf.fr/activites_nature/sommaire/sortir_en_foret/campings-en-foret/@@index.html. They have eleven campsites with web links to the individual ...


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