INTRODUCTION PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TREK Independently or with a group? Trekking agencies 11 Getting to Corsica From the UK and Ireland 13 - From Continental Europe 18 - From the USA and Canada 18 - From Australia and New Zealand 19 Visas 19 Budgeting 19 When to go 21 GR20: route options Trekking styles and route options 22 - North or south 23 What to take Footwear and footcare 24 - Rucksack 26 - Sleeping bag and mat 26 - Tent 27 - Clothing 27 - Cooking gear 30 - Photographic equipment 31 - Medical kit 32 - Odds and ends 32 - Recommended reading 34 - Maps 35 Mountain safety Trekking alone 37 - Mountain rescue 38 - Weather forecasts 38 Health and insurance 39 PART 2: CORSICA Facts about the island Historical outline 40 - Geology 55 - Topography 56 - Climate 58 - Flora and fauna 59 - Economy 66 - People, society and conduct 67 - Language 70 Practical information for the visitor Accommodation 70 - Local transport 73 - Eating and drinking 75 - Bills and tipping 78 - Electricity 78 - Holidays and festivals 78 - Opening hours 79 - Money 79 - Post, telephone and email 80 - Things to buy 80 - Security 81 PART 3: GATEWAY TOWNS Ajaccio What to see 83 - Orientation and services 84 - Where to stay 86 Where to eat 87 - Getting to the trailhead 87 Bastia What to see 88 - Orientation and services 89 - Where to stay 90 - Where to eat 90 - Getting to the trailhead 92 Calvi What to see 92 - Orientation and services 94 - Where to stay 97 - Where to eat 98 - Getting to Calenzana 98 Corte What to see 99 - Orientation and services 100 - Where to stay 102 - Where to eat 103 Porto-Vecchio What to see 104 - Orientation and services 105 - Where to stay 106 - Where to eat 106 PART 4: GR20 The route Calenzana 108 Stage One: Calenzana to Refuge di Ortu di u Piobbu 110 Stage Two: Ortu di u Piobbu to Carrozzu 117 Stage Three: Carrozzu to Asco Stagnu (Hauti Asco) 120 - Asco Stagnu 124 Stage Four: Asco Stagnu (Hauti Asco) to Refuge de Tighjettu to Bergeries de Vallone 126 Stage Five: Bergeries de Vallone to Ciottulu a i Mori 130 Stage Six: Ciottulu a i Mori to Castel di Verghio 132 - Castel di Verghio 134 Stage Seven: Castel di Verghio to Refuge de Manganu 136 Stage Eight: Refuge de Manganu to Refuge de Petra Piana 146 Stage Nine: Petra Piana to Onda 151 Stage Ten: Onda to Vizzavona 156 - Vizzavona 159 Stage Eleven: Vizzavona to EiCapannelle 162 - EiCapannelle 164 Stage Twelve: EiCapannelle to Bocca di Verdi (Col de Verde) 166 Stage Thirteen: Bocca di Verdi (Col de Verde) to Usciolu 172 Stage Fourteen: Usciolu to Asinau 179 Stage Fifteen: Asinau to Bavella to Paliri 189 - Bavella 192 Stage Sixteen: Paliri to Conca 194 - Conca 196 APPENDIX A: French/Corsican glossary 200 B: Useful words and phrases 201 C: Minimum impact trekking 204 INDEX 205
Freelance travel writer David Abram was born and brought up in south Wales and the Mendip Hills of Somerset in England. His first foray into the Corsican mountains came in 1986, during the sabbatical year of a French degree, when he stumbled upon some waymarks and followed them blindly for two days until wild pigs polished off his supplies. Since then, as an anthropologist and author of the Rough Guide to India, he s walked extensively in the Himalayas, Europe and North America but still regards Corsica as a benchmark trekking destination. Regular opportunities to indulge his passion for the island s food and mountains are provided by annual updating trips for the Rough Guide to Corsica, which he co-authored. David lives and works in Bristol.
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