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Photos from a mini-trek, three days hiking in the mountains near Akhmeta.

 

Our second day began before the sun managed to reach the chillier valleys.

 

 

 

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One of the chillier streams we crossed in bare feet.

 

 

 

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The village where we encountered a toothless but very aggressive sheepdog, and his similarly-toothed owners. 

 

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Very steep terrain, just before our second narrow-miss with sheepdogs.

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 The view from the tree I climbed while we waited for shepherds to call off their dogs

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 The shepherds invited us to stay at their camp, and as there was little level ground on which to pitch tents, we welcomed their offer. Below is a look up the valley from their site.

 

 

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These dogs chased us into trees earlier, but were quite friendly once properly introduced.

 

 

 

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Starting a fire before sunset, we rested after our hours-long climb up the hills. The slope required a sort of crawl-hike hybrid, so a rest was well deserved.

 

 

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Making new friends at the camp.

 

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The herd; we think they said they had 900 in all, but I’m slightly skeptical.

 

 

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Morning arrives. After the coldest night of my life, I was thrilled to see the sun.

 

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The third day begins with a farewell to the shepherds, revolving around coffee, sheep, and firearms.

 

 

 

 

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This is why my ears rang all day.

 

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I shot a gun for the first time in my life. It seemed appropriate.

 

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There were inscriptions on stones nearly everywhere we hiked on the last day.

 

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Rock-piles mark the way to Tusheti, which is about a 4 day hike from the shepherd’s camp.

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Hiking back down to the Alazani:

 

 

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Almost home after a beautiful weekend.

One comment

  1. Gerry La Greide · · Reply

    The pictures were incredible. They inspired me to get out my paints. Sounds like you had a wonderful adventure

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