Le Sentier des Toblerones

Le Sentier des Toblerones

Toblerones Walk from Mainvision on Vimeo.

Hidden among the trees in the Canton de Vaud you can find concrete blocks put there as a defensive line to slow down invading armies. The concrete blocks have a similar shape to chocolate Toblerones. There is a hiking trail that you can follow from Bassin down to the lake side. Along the way you can find concrete bunkers camouflaged as houses.

Visiting the Creux de Van and spending time with Bouquetins.

Images I saw of the Creux de Van made me want to visit the location in person. Yesterday despite the mediocre weather I went there. From Neuchatel you drive towards Noiraigue. Free parking is available.

For the first hour you are walking up a steep winding path. A few trees have fallen, stones and mud are also present until you reach the top of the cliff. From there you see a glimpse of the cliff and views to come. As I stood there I saw a solitary Bouquetin on the rocks.

From there I went right and walked along the cliff. On one side I had green grass and a farm and on the other side I had a steep cliff. I walked along and came to an outcrop. From here you could see the full cliff face. I walked around the arc until I came across a herd of Bouquetins. They were right in my path. I took several pictures before heading back down the other side. I came across a wooden hut and table where people can have a snack. As you walk through the woods you get towards the end of the Gorge De L’Areuse. It was full of water due to the recent rains. By this point I had already walked 10km so I continued back towards the car.

This is the path you take to get up to the top of the Creux de Van
This is the path you take to get up to the top of the Creux de Van
One of the first views as you emerge from the woods and see the landscape open up
One of the first views as you emerge from the woods and see the landscape open up
A nice Valley
A nice Valley
More landscape
More landscape
Looking away from the cliffs you see the woods.
Looking away from the cliffs you see the woods.
If you look down from this point you will see a long drop
If you look down from this point you will see a long drop
I liked the quality of light here.
I liked the quality of light here.
With Spring coming back all the trees are becoming green once again
With Spring coming back all the trees are becoming green once again

Another view of the valley

A herd of Bouquetins were playing
A herd of Bouquetins were playing
When I arrived they were standing by the grass and slowly made their way towards the cliff
When I arrived they were standing by the grass and slowly made their way towards the cliff
Just like when we were children they are playing on the wall
Just like when we were children they are playing on the wall
Just like when we were children they are playing on the wall
Just like when we were children they are playing on the wall

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A bouquetin with the Creux de Van in the background
A bouquetin with the Creux de Van in the background
A bouquetin with the Graux de Van in the background
A bouquetin with the Graux de Van in the background

Woods, Bouquetin and cliff

Nice Landscape and nice view
Nice Landscape and nice view
The Creux De Van
The Creux De Van

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This is a physical 14km walk .
This is a physical 14km walk .

Gimel’s Ingress Mission

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The views as I drove up to this ingress mission were beautiful. I could clearly see the Jet D’eau in Geneva and the streets of Lausanne on the other side. I could see how light was playing with clouds to provide enjoyable views. Gimel is a village/town in the Jura surrounded by forest and fields. The mission is a six kilometre run or walk. At this time of year wear snow shoes as other shoes will get wet. You start from the village centre and head north to the first check point. You follow field paths until the next checkpoint 1.2 kilometres away across mud paths. Once you get to the second check point the path is road without pavement so be careful of oncoming traffic.

The first and last checkpoints of this mission require that you upgrade the portals so make sure that you are able to. It would be a shame to go on a 6.2 kilometre walk only to find that the mission cannot be completed due to the portals being fully upgraded.

Rolle’s Ingress mission

If you like medieval castles
If you like medieval castles

The Rolle Ingress mission starts at the castle and has you walk towards the centre. You then walk along the main street and through an arch back towards the lake side. From here you walk along the lake for a short distance before heading back in to town and the last portal. As this mission requires hacks and nothing more it is a perfect farming mission. The distance is relatively short.

Sports tracker and Google Earth

Six thousand steps later and I’ve created yet another track via the Sports tracker application for the N95. What’s fun is that within a few seconds of arriving home I can bluetooth the KML file to my laptop, open it in google earth and I’ve got an arerial view of the wintery walk I took

The walk I did earlier

If I could get a wintery map then it’d be perfect as the ground is covered in snow.

Update: I tested the “upload to service” and that’s interesting too. All the tracks are stored there and you can upload images and more. If you know a few people using the service you can compare your tracks with them. Failing that you can share with the world and see what they’ve added.