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    The Netherlands, St. Walrick, 22-10 t/m 24-10 35km hike

    Hi,

    a friend of mine and I are going to hike the St. Joris hike around Nijmegen this weekend. This will be my first use of my new gear so I'm pretty excited about it.

    We have 2 places still available so if you are interested then you are welcome!

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    Be sure to post some pictures to share with us when your trip is done.

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    As promised, some pictures of our hike and the hammock. I slept quite well, the underquilt was a great experience. I did have some trouble with getting the hammock comfortable but we only set our camps at 23:00 each night so that might have been the reason.

    Friday, day 0: arrived at 19.30 at the campsite, wasted 2 hours trying to make fire without dry wood.. after 2 hours we got some lamp oil and used that to help ourselves because we still had to eat dinner and temperatures were dropping rapidly. Had dinner finished at 22.30, after which we hung our hammocks. This went quite well, although my tarp was too high and the hammock straps too low.
    Got in my hammock around midnight. Temperatures dropped to 5 degrees C.

    Saturday, hike day, day 1: Got up before 8 to pack our gear, which took longer than expected. When all the gear was back in our packs we took the bus to Nijmegen (30-45 minutes) to get to the starting point of the Saint George hike (St. Joristocht). This is a 2-day hike of 35 km, made by the (former Catholic)Scouting Netherlands. We had to pass 8 certain points and make selfies there to prove we followed the hike. All these point were related to the 2nd world war, the area or to Scouting.
    We spent the whole day with walking, it took longer than expected. The area was hillier than we are used to, but we got back to the campsite at 21.30-ish.

    Because of the time and the exhaustion we didnt manage to cook ourselves that night but we had some food and the staff of the campsite had some warm sausages for us, which was very nice. I made my hammock around 23.00, got really sick around 04:00 because of exhaustion and dehydration. I discovered that drinking very cold water to lessen your thirst can be a bad idea.. After half an hour it was fine again. Again temperatures were around 5-6 degrees C in the night.

    Sunday, day 2: Woke up at first light, got out of my hammock a few hours later to get some well needed rest and took a shower afterwards. Surprisingly only 2 very small blisters at my feet so that was very nice.
    We took the last picture of the hike this morning at the campsite and got our badge. After we cleaned our campsite we went back home.


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    My hammock

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    The Mookerheide (heather around Mook)
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    Cooking at day 0


    We started around 9.30, but we had to make pictures at certain places of the hike to show we have actually been there, and finding the exact places was very time consuming. We navigated by map and compass.
    One of the pictures had to be taken at a little church, where we met a volunteer who maintained the church, which also took an hour.

    One of the guys I were with had a very difficult time at the last 7-8 kilometer, and at the end he was closer to shuffling along rather than walking. Ultimately we have been on our way for almost 13 hours, of which probably 5 hours were spent resting, and most likely another 1 spent looking for the exact place to take pictures.

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    Sounds like a scavenger hunt? were there prizes for hitting all the spots and getting pictures?

    Charlotte

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    Thanks for sharing your journey and for posting the pics so we all can be world travelers together.

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    Thanks for sharing!
    Which campsite is that?
    (being Dutch it's nice to know some good hammock campings)

    Thanks!
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    Nice trip report Ko. Backpacking in Europe especially in the area you're in is just a bit different than what a lot of us are used to in the U.S. I used to live in Dusseldorf and backpacked a bit in the surrounding areas. Trails and campsites have a lot more structure to and around them. Wish I had discovered hammocks at that time, would have made life better. Looking forward to seeing more trip reports.
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    It's not really a scavenger hunt, the point is to complete the hike which is a requirement for the local equivalent of eagle scout i think. we got a certificate and a badge for it.

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    Sint Walrick, Overasselt. The dutch hammock forum or something like that uses their site every year apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregfromHolland View Post
    Thanks for sharing!
    Which campsite is that?
    (being Dutch it's nice to know some good hammock campings)

    Thanks!
    Greg

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