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Trekking New Caledonia GRNC1 Fern Glen
Nouvelle Calédonie

The GRNC1 is a walking trail that will, someday, go from one end of Grande Terre, New Caledonia to the other; winding through the mountainous wilderness for over 400 kilometers. The trail is now walkable from it's start in Baie de la Somme to Dumbea; a 123 km trek. It is normally done in 8 legs, each leg requiring from 5 to 8 hours of hard up and down hill walking. 

 There are lots of interesting things to see along the trail including rivers, waterfalls, ruins of the old prison colony and mines, magnificent vistas from mountain tops, wildflowers, forests with huge trees, and little special places like this fern glen about 2 hours from the start of the trail.

Freddy and I have walked this part of the GRNC1 many times yet I always feel good when I come to this little glen. The trail goes through a forest with the tree canopy closed overhead so it's kind of dark. I walk out of the dark tunnel into the brilliant green glade and just have to smile; it is a happy place.

I have often wanted to photograph that happy feeling but somehow the results never gave the same uplift. So this time I put my SuperHero GoPro nest of 7 cameras on the end of a telescopic pole to get a view from 5 meters off the ground (you know, uplifted). 

The results are much better than when photographed form eye-height. Maybe the uplifted feeling I get when I emerge from the forest tunnel into the light really does somehow elevate my spirit.

Copyright: Richard Chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13004x6502
Taken: 23/03/2012
Chargée: 21/05/2012
Mis à jour: 29/03/2015
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Tags: trekking; trek; new caledonia; grnc1; gr1nc; gr1; ferns; prony; gopro
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