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About The HRP & GR5: June 27th-Sept 1st

Quite possibly my favorite summer thus far, I hiked in France on the Haute Route Pyrenees and the GR5 (French Alps). The HRP is a ~500mi/800km route that traverses the Pyrenees range, which runs along the border of Spain and France, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The HRP tries to take the highest traverse of the Pyrenees between the more frequently hiked GR11 (in Spain) and the GR10 (in France). The section of the GR5 that most hike is a 400mi/644km trail from Geneva to Nice (or Mention) in the French Alps paralleling the Italy border. It is less remote and not as taxing as the HRP, but is still requires plenty of effort with ample elevation change. Both hikes were a nice balance for my first time hiking in Europe.

BASE PACK WEIGHT: 12lbs. 15.4oz.

Before the HIke

During The Haute Route Pyrenees

During the GR5

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