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Some photos from our hiking in Ecrins National Park, France:
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Silvia Trkman is known for bringing every dog, from her first dog on, to the very top of the sport. Her dogs are known for great speed, tight turns, running contacts and long and injury-free careers. Silvia is in agility since 1992 and is
– 3x World Champion (with two different dogs)
– 5x European Open winner, with 4 different dogs (Lo, La, Bu, Le)!!!
– National Championships podium and World Team member with every dog she’s ever had
– National Champion for 22-times (with 5 different dogs of 3 different breeds)
– World Team member for 19-times (mostly with at least two dogs at the time – sometimes four 🙂 )
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Beautiful pictures! It looked both cold and hot! LOL!!
It was actually hot, but with the wind, it can very fast get chilly at that altitude 🙂 The weather was really perfect, blue sky only every day!
Amazing photos! The soroundings are just SO gorgeous, and ofc your dogs make good models too 🙂
Must also have been taken with quite a good camera, they are really high quality.
Hopefully one day I can go to a place like that with my dog (no mountains in Denmark 😉 )
Yes, Danish (and Dutch) call even my place surrounded by mountains 🙂 -- but we only have little hills around 🙂 -- But we sure always spend vacations in the (real) mountains, we just love it!
Hehe yeah we just dont have anything here. My boyfriend who is dutch even think Denmark have “mountains” with our tiny hills its quite fun 🙂
Beautiful pictures and a beautiful sky -- looks like the dogs enjoyed it very much.
But didn’t you get into trouble because dogs aren’t allowed in that park (not even on a leash)?
The “no dogs” sign was not set on every path, so I actually didn’t know they’re not allowed in the whole park??? I thought just on some paths? Nobody said anything no (other as bonjour les chiens 🙂 ) and we met some other dogs too (but not all that many, that’s true).
Oh ! You were just a few kilometers away from my home town (I live 30 km from the border of the parc in Gap)!
Glad to know you enjoy our blue sky and mountains !
Yes dogs are not allowed there (to protect wild life and herd).
( http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/decouvrir-parc/randonner-parc/conseils-pratiques-reglementation.html )
Only working dogs (rescue dogs, sheepdogs…) are allowed.
So when I want to hike with Kalhy and Boost, we just go arround the parc 😉
Your pictures are beautiful 😀
Oh, really, that was close! -- What a beautiful place to live! I had no idea dogs are not allowed in the whole park, ups… I promise we didn’t disturb wildlife and sheep though! Do you know if it’s the same for all National Parks in France -- we were thinking to go to the Pyrenees next year now that we hiked all the Corsica already -- but certainly don’t want to drive that far to find out dogs are not allowed!
Yes, unfortunately dogs are not allowed in National Parks 🙁 (Ecrins, Vanoise, Mercantour, Cévennes, Pyrenees) so the trick is to hike just outside the border ! In some places like natural reserves, dogs are sometimes allowed on leashes.
But the Pyrenees are quite wide so there are still plenty of walks available where dogs can run freely, a bit further away from the heart of the national park.
Enjoy our mountains ! I love them too. Wish I could live there 24/7 !
Oh no 🙁 -- that limits the options too much… Sounds like we’ll have to find another destination for next year…
What a shame…. I wish I hadn’t told you that… 🙁
It’s just too far to drive to then not be able to hike on the best spots…
Try the dolomities 🙂 no issues with dogs there, you can take them everywhere ( as long as you don’t disturb wildlife or cattle, and other people on the track of course ). They’re allowed even in the national parks, we’re not that strict about dogs, we’re instead very strict about not harming/polluting the environment, and expecially… Never ever touch a flower in the dolomities!! Many species of plants and flowers are very rare and only grow there, so picking or ruining those is extremely fined.
Best spots for hiking are in the provincia di Belluno ( where I live 😉 ); best places to set are the town of belluno, or auronzo di cadore, or cortina ( it’s beautiful, but quite expensive ). From these places you can reach endless wonderful hiking spots in less than 40 mins driving max, often less ( even only 5 mins sometimes )
Yes, that was indeed our plan! 🙂 It’s much closer too! Thanks for the tip, let me know if you have a particularly cool hike that you would really recommend to not miss!
Nice pictures! Beautiful picture of Bu on the 2nd page.
Uhmm… Hard to choose one best hike! 🙂 if you can understand some words of italian, go here:
There are pretty much all hikes in the dolomities, with technical infos and stuff. I think you shouldn’t miss the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, one of the best spots, whose “ownership” is of Belluno, but we’re all the time fighting with Bolzano that claims the Tre Cime are its property 😉 actually half of our political issues are on this ( and related ) questions!!
They’re above cortina and auronzo, there’s a national park there and very close ( you see it if coming from cortina ) there’s misurina lake, also really beautiful.
Oh, and you should really gather as much infos as you can — dolomities are most definetely not hills, some hikes can be very tricky and challenging and need specifical preparation and equipment.
If you want to know more — just ask! 🙂
Thanks, that helps a lot! I’ll certainly research it well before leaving -- it’s a plan for next summer 🙂 We always check the trails are safe for dogs and turn around if necessary. They have amazing climbing skills, but we certainly never take any risks.