It took a while, partly because of technology problems. But now, at long last, here is a decent visualisation of the NoBorderTrek.
You can use the button in the top left corner of the map to hide some of the layers (for instance “Places”) to get a clearer view of the route. You can expand the map with the button in the top right corner.
Here are some summary numbers of the trek:
- 66 walking days / 74 total days on the trail (nearly 11 weeks/) *
- 1,570 km total distance walked (nearly 1.6 million metres)
- 68,230m altitude (ascent)
- 67,300m altitude (descent) **
- 23.8km, 1,034m ascent, average day
- 9 hours average walking time per day (including breaks)
- 36 walking days with (at least some) rain (6 with incessant rain)
- Toughest day: day 7 (Tarvisio-Nassfeld/Pramollo), 36.5km, 2,080m ascent, 1,290m descent (plus one very scary thunderstorm)
- Longest day: day 36 (Liechtenstein-Taminatal) 37.4km, 1,250m ascent, 2,540m descent
- Shortest day: day 12 (Kartitsch-Sillian) 7.8km; 90m ascent, 360m descent – my 30th birthday
- Fastest day: day 38 (Flims-Tavanasa) 25.5km in 5 hours (walking super-fast because of incessant rain)
- 8 countries visited (SLO, IT, AT, DE, LIE, CH, FR, MCO)
- 17 international border crossings (I entered and exited Italy 5 times)
- Highest point: 3315m, Theodulpass (CH/IT border
- Lowest point: -1m, swimming in Villefranche-sur-Mer (FR)
- Wildlife seen:
- >20 Ibex
- dozens of chamois
- probably hundreds of marmots
- 0 bears, wolves, lynx (luckily)
- 2 snakes (probably not poisonous)
- 2 or 3 eagles***
- 4kg (ca. 6%) weight loss (despite eating as much as possible)
- 5% to 11.1% change in body fat
- 4 rockfalls witnessed (never very close by)
- 4 slips and falls (all harmless)
- 0 serious injuries
- 1: number of times I got really lost (and scared)****
- 0: number of times I regretted going on the trek
Thank you, once again, to everyone who supported this project! As the events of the past month have demonstrated, the cause behind this trek, of humanising European immigration policy and knocking down the borders that divide us, is as important as ever.
*The blog numbering went to 67 because I mistakenly counted one rest day (in Innsbruck).
**Ljubljana is 300 metres higher than nice; the rest of the discrepancy is GPS measurement error.
***It’s hard to be sure, but these were very big soaring birds.
****Between Tarvisio and Nassfeld/Pramollo (day 7). Bad map, nonexistent (Italian) trail markings, stubbornness, tiredness, and fear of an approaching thunderstorm led me off the proper trail and into a jungle of larch trees, where I nearly panicked. Lesson learned: if lost, turn around, instead of seeking a short-cut.
Below are the detailed numbers for each day, in case anyone ever chooses to hike parts of the trek.