In January 2017, I left on my first ever winter hiking trip. We had a great time in the High Fens and I knew it was something I would want to do again. A couple of months later, Servaes contacted me with the question if I wanted to join him on a week-long winter trekking in the Vercors at the end of 2017. This trip quit a big step up from the one in the High Fens, but with the experience of Servaes, I wanted in. Once I told my mother I would not be home for the New Year’s Day dinner but instead, chose to spend that time in a tent somewhere in the mountains, we started the preparations.
I still haven’t found the time to write a full report about this trip. For now, I created a quick photo report. Hope you enjoy!
In A Nutshell
|Type of hike||Point-to-point|
|Start – Finish||Col de Menée – Richardière (Chichilianne)|
|Elevation||+1.657 m -2.004 m|
|Time of year||December|
The map we used during our trip was the IGN 3237 OT (Glandasse – Col de la Croix-Haute).
It’s pretty clear that for a trip like this, it’s important to bring good gear. On a summer trip, gear failure may cause at the very least an inconvenience. During a wintertrip, bad gear can be very dangerous. So please, the pictures above look nice and fun, but don’t take a trip like this too lightly.
When you are not sure about your gear, I would advice to rent gear instead of buying something that might perhaps, if the conditions are could, just be good enough. There are a couple of good places for renting gear in Belgium. I rented my gear for this trip with Servaes from Outdoor Animation (Leuven). He rents snowshoe’s, pulka’s, sleeping bags and mattresses specifically for winter.
Here a photo of my bed during the preparations.
I have gotten a couple of questions lately about the camera that I use when going on a hike.
When I was looking for a camera, this was my checklist:
- Easy to use (for quick shots)
- Manual modes for more challenging shots
- Ability to shoot in RAW
- Not big or heavy
- Delivered good quality photos also in low light conditions
I debated long between the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II and the Panasonic Lumix LX15. Finally I decided on the latter one. Super happy with it! If you buy a camera through one of the links above, you support me and my website! Thanks a lot 🙂