After a long time without activity on this group ...and not a lot of time to organise something new, I decided to redo one of my favourite stages to see how it looks like in the spring.
Here's then the link to the previous activity, with some pictures: http://www.meetup.com/brussels-hiking-group/events/158485142/
Total ascent: 765m
Total descent: 735m
Kind of surfaces: unsurfaced, earth, gravels, asphalt.
Total ascent: 134m
Total descent: 129m
Kind of surface: earth paths, rock, ladders
Here's some additional organisational information learnt from the previous activity:
- the pace that we had this day was the strict minimum (4.2km/h, pauses included, which was fast given the elevation profile of the walk) to allow to catch the train around 16.00 in Gendron-Celles (we arrived 4-5 minutes before the train) and the train around 18.00 in Houyet.
- the headlamp was not necessary in the winter, it shouldn't be in the summer ;)
- for those who want to come back in kayak, departures from Gendron-Celles are allowed until 12.30 (I'm not up to the challenge though).
Hiking boots, appropriate clothing, enough food and drinks for the day (the pause for lunch are short, to avoid cooling down too much)
- one return train ticket to Houyet (a Rail pass is better if you have one)
Meetup at 8:10 at the Brussels-Luxembourg station. Arrival in Brussels around 17h40 if we walk fast, 19h40 otherwise (for the 26km, +2h for the 35km).
And thanks Gijs for the idea of adding the note for the new comers:
• There is a max. number of participants set, because we think hiking is more fun in relatively small groups
• The first on the waiting list will be automatically “promoted” to the participants list if somebody would cancel (if you join the waiting list with friends, be aware that you'll only be moved to the main list if there are enough spots for you and your friends, which can only happen if someone on the main list with friends cancels)
• Please only RSVP if you are sure to join. If your agenda changes, please update your status asap (see also group information).
• A good condition is required and to prevent blisters make sure your shoes are “broken in”; i.e. by having done some longer hikes in the last few months.