Paddy Dillon is a man full of wise words and advice and here he gives us his top tips for doing the GR20 - probably the toughest trek in the world.
ADVICE IN A NUTSHELL
- Don’t start too early or too late in the year.
- Make sure you are fit and well prepared.
- Keep your pack weight as low as possible.
- Be sure to carry enough food and water.
- Walk slowly and steadily with care.
- Be aware of your options each day.
- Obtain a weather forecast each day.
- Consider using two trekking poles.
- Use a high-factor sunscreen and wear a hat.
- Learn at least a few words of French.
- It is a tough trek but not a rock climb.
- The mountain refuges are always open.
- The refuges have well-equipped kitchens.
- Refuges must be pre-booked – www.parc-corse.org.
- Facilities outside the peak season are scarce.
- Snow can lie well into June and even July.
- Mobile phones only rarely get a good signal.
- Waymarking is usually very good.
- Many other trekkers are going your way.
- English is not widely spoken in Corsica.