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Hautes Alpes Odyssey / Recent Photos / Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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  1. Very nice blog and beautiful photographs. Your points about trails not being crowded are so true.

    I live in Austria and spent as much time as possible on mountain trails. Either as a hiking guide or just for my own enjoyment. I’ve spent many an hour having the mountains all to myself, even though civilisation was never far from my starting point.

    Enjoy your hikes in France. Should you ever find yourself in my part of the Alps, give us a shout.

    Kind regards, Gerdi

  2. Thanks for the inspiration, and keep having fun!

    You aren’t the only people keeping an eye on the Alps:

    Unprecedented snow melt and heat in the European Alps

  3. Hi Jim, as always, thanks for the insightful info. — Craig

  4. Hi Gerdi, thanks for posting your kind comment. We’ve been thinking about Austria. We won’t make it there on this journey, but we intend to eventually. — Craig

  5. P.S. Yes, for a couple weeks there it felt as if the glaciers were going to make their final disappearance this summer. — Craig

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