GR15 - day hike (32km) - Spa-Eupen

Spa has probably been the most visited city with this group, and with reason. The only direction that has not been visited yet was the north of it (and the city, but that doesn't count). 

For those who don't want to see the military parade in Brussels, this is the current proposition, using the GR15 to link Spa to Eupen. This is a mostly foresty stage, the only interruptions being the village of Polleur and its countryside and the Gilette dam. 

Since the last activities have been lacking a coverage, it is then repaired:

Some facts 

Difficulty: upper intermediate

Distance: 32km, 

Total ascent: 830m

Total descent: 780m

Kind of surfaces: unsurfaced, gravels, asphalt.

Elevation profile: a few steep hills, with height differences between 70 and 170m


Hiking boots, appropriate clothing, enough food and drinks for the day (the pause for lunch are short, to avoid cooling down too much). If you haven't noticed: July is the most rainy month in Belgium, but the regulars know that me predicting bad weather is usually good luck (I guess we won't be able to avoid the "drache nationale", though).


- one return train ticket to Eupen

- one one-way train ticket Verviers-Spa.

 (a Rail pass is better if you have one)


Meetup at 7:50 in Brussels-Central. Arrival in Brussels around 19h00


Some info for "first timers":

• Most of the hikes in this meetup group have a sportive character in the sense that the hikes are relatively long and we (like / have to) walk at a reasonable pace! Hence, a bit of exercise! 

• 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 hikes in the last few months.

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  • Renaud

    Thanks to all for coming! (Any mention to the weather will be misplaced). Here are then the records:
    - Average speed: 5.3km/h! (pauses included)
    - Male/Female ratio: 1.66
    - Shortest lunch pause: 3 min

    And then the stats:
    - Typical female rain gear: rain jacket/poncho, umbrella
    - Typical male rain gear: spare clothes
    - Picture that everyone was supposed to take, but couldn’t because of the cl... trees:
    - Twisted church tower: 1
    - Umbrellas concealed until we arrived IN the train: 2
    - Time until we could at least pretend to be dry: 16:10
    - Temperature of the shower: around 20°C
    - Scottish bagpipes welcoming us at the arrival: 3
    - Scottish guys having brought the Scottish sun: 5
    - Feet refusing to fly over puddles: 2 Congratulations to all of you!

    4 · July 21, 2014

    • Renaud

      Ok, thanks! I'm curious to see them ;)

      July 22, 2014

    • ruben

      Thank you Reaud! I really enjoy it a lot!!

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • Sil

    Hello All, how was the hike? Sincere apologies for not showing up: i had an emergency the nite before...
    I hope i wont be banned forever from this group that I like so much. Look forward to the next hike, Silvia

    July 22, 2014

    • Renaud

      Hi Silvia, nobody will be banned for not showing up. People with a significant 'no show' history are put in the waiting list because they are considered unreliable. so it can be ensured that the spots go to 'reliable' persons. But if they got a spot after having been moved, they can come. But the hike was very good ;)

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • Renata

    Hello hello, I am very sorry I have to cancel in the last minute. I wish you all a good hike and hopefully see you next time. Cheers, R.

    July 20, 2014

  • bachelier

    Hi, i'm sorry to cancel at the last minute, i have some trouble with my leg, i finally don't think i can do 32km in one day.
    Have fun and see you next time!

    July 20, 2014

  • Mollie

    I'm afraid I have to work on Monday, so I won't be able to make it after all. Have fun, folks! Hope I can join another time.

    July 19, 2014

  • Marie-Helene

    As it's been quite a while that I haven't done a long "hilly" hike, I'm not sure I would be able to do this one, therefore I don't want to hold you back... a pity though as the countryside must be just splendid. Have fun.

    July 18, 2014

  • Renaud

    I've seen that some people have joined Gijs' GR12 activity, which is fine. But please do not forget to update your status for this activity, even if you are on the waiting list. I've done it this time, and I also took the "chance" of being in the attendance list to 'enforce' a rule written in the description of the group: the rule is: a 'no show' in one activity means being put in the waiting list for the coming activities. Also, "cancelling at the last minute" is also assimilated to a "no show" (especially if it is repeated). I was pretty much surprised by the numbers of 'no shows' on the last GR activity. Such a behaviour is a lack of respect to the people in the waiting list. I hate to play this role, but given the number of available spots for the activities and the number of people willing to attend, I'll be more strict about it.

    July 17, 2014

    • Armando

      Renaud, I signed up to the other activity last night when I saw it came up because I am very eager to hike that Monday. I saw you immediately cancelled me from your group which is fine. I would have done it today also but was waiting to see if the wait list got smaller and if I would have a
      Choice of the two activities. Don't want to get "blacklisted" for being on two simultaneously for a day and hope that's not the case. ;-)

      July 17, 2014

    • Renaud

      Hi Armando. Don’t worry, you won’t be blacklisted because of that. If I took the initiative to remove you of the waiting list, it’s also because I know by experience that most of the changes happen during the 2 days before the activity, where most of the people in waiting list have already planned something. If you are moved to the main list of mine, there’s will be a delay between this moment and when you’ll cancel the other activity. Some of the persons in the waiting list would already have planned something, but there’s also be a delay between the notification and the update of the status (assuming they do). A lot of notifications arrive too late and it’s the reason why neither me nor Gijs want to have people in one main list and in the other waiting list. Sorry if I seem tyrannical, but I’ve already organised a significant number of activities, and it’s a little bit tiring to always see the problems arising each time, especially if they can be so easily avoided.

      July 17, 2014

  • Joey

    If you organise an event (and I know because I do this professionally) the rule of thumb is that you estimate that 70% of the people who sign up will show up. A 100% turn-up rate is incredibly rare.

    Also, the strict limitation of numbers for the walks encourages people to sign up as soon as the event is posted to ensure that if a spot opens up, even if they're not entirely sure yet they can make it. That's how it works for these Meetup events.

    July 17, 2014

    • Renaud

      Thanks for your feedback. I'm perfectly aware of that, the number of 12 is also chosen assuming that not everybody will come. In the beginning, the limit was 15, but was lowered because statuses were changed on time and groups became too big. That being said, the problem is not to sign up before being sure, the problem is to sign up and not notify the change, or to sign up without reading the descriptive and to realise at the last minute that it's not the right activity, or to notify the change so late that the spot cannot go to someone in the waiting list. It's indeed a known issue on Meetup.

      July 17, 2014

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