Month 1: Corsica – GR20

The GR20 is a 112 mile / 180km hike across Corsica. Most people hike it North / South but we’ll be hiking South / North [rare but not unusual].

We decided on the idea of the GR20 after I nixed the idea of the JMT [John Muir Trail] following an unsuccessful backpacking trip to the Emigrant Wilderness last October. I was promised sunshine dappled hikes but got snowy ascents and sub-zero sleeping [C not F]. So the plan was changed and after googling ‘best hikes in the world’ we found the GR20. Below are the motivating factors:

  • 16 days on the GR20 instead of 24 on the JMT
  • Meals in refuges instead of carrying everything on our backs
  • The chance to be in Europe again…. sigh…..

Here’s what it will look like in terms of distance, elevation and time [for the high route] from South to North beginning at the end with Stage 16 and finishing, yes, you guessed it at stage 1:

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Stage information from the GR20 Corsica book by Paddy Dillon. A great resource for those planning the trip.

We’ll be flying to Europe on Tuesday 4th to begin the hike from Conca on Saturday 8th September. Pack list and geek facts on gear to follow.

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