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Camping New Caledonia Bois Du Sud
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The GR1 trek extends from Baie du Prony in the South of New Caledonia's Grande Terre to the Dumbea River just NW of Noumea. That's about a six day wilderness walk and most people do it in stages. This sphere image is on the third leg of the GR-1, between the camping area Bois du Sud and the camping area at Netcha. It is about 15km long, and crosses two moderate mountain ridges. It took us 5 hours and by the end of the trek my legs felt like overdone spagettii. The trick is to go with a group of people, park one set of cars at one end of the trek then everyone piles into the other set of cars and drives to the other end. That way, when you come wobbling in to the end of the treck you can drive back to the start and pick up the cars. 

I should mention that not everyone finds a 5 hour trek over the mountains exceptionally tiring. The morning that we did this leg of the GR1 there was a 30 km race (called a Raid, here) from Yate to Bois du Sud. There were hundreds of participants and by the time we started walking the winners had almost completed the raid. 

Copyright: Richard Chesher
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Uploaded: 11/10/2011
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Tags: camping; trekking; hiking; mountain; new caledonia; botanical reserve; gr-nc1
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