Hiking on Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe: Last prep for our 6-day ultramarathon!

LGuadalouo 025Read Jackie’s race reports, posted “live” daily from the course (internet connection permitting) on SleepMonsters.

Dave and I have just spent the last nine days on the island of Basse-Terre, part of the archipelago that makes up the islands of Guadeloupe, in the southern Caribbean. Basse-Terre is the largest island of Guadeloupe, and also the most rugged – it’s an active volcano (last explosion about 500 years ago, but with sulphuric gases emanating from its slopes and peaks), covered in thick tropical rainforest.

This will just be a quick post for now – the internet connections here are not great. Use the link above to follow our live reports on SleepMonsters during the race (March 30 to April 7), and check back here when we get back for some AMAZING pictures of our hikes this week.

So, yes, we are down here to run a race – a six-day ultramarathon called Guadarun, with a total distance of about 150 km. So each day is between 15 and about 35 km in length – not too long, but long enough that you have to take care of your body well (in the heat and dampness) each day, in order to be ready to go again the next day.

In the meantime, we have been doing some amazing hiking here on Basse-Terre. We’ll do a much more detailed post after the race, with more info about the routes – for now, here are some beautiful pix of this beautiful island.

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