The Perils of Pyrenees Pauline & the GR10 travel blog

Taking the descent to the lunch refuge

Looking back up the valley to the Glacier on Mt Vignemale from...

Quick pic at the highest pass in the Pyrenees. That rain and...


Overview

A cold start at 8am with an immediate climb. This was followed by a small descent and transverse across a wide scree slope and then climb and then long descent to 'Aouette'?? refuge next to a glacier of the same name. Weather was very windy and cold so we went inside refuge to eat our picnic lunch and we had a hot chocolate. Left in the freezing cold (5C) to climb the last pass the other side of the glacier. The path zigzagged up the mountain then over another Boulder field. Cold turned to rain and sleet. We pressed on over the pass in the fog. ( highest pass in all t)he Pyrenees) and the rat of the descent as in the fog and rain, to the refuge. We were freezing and now wet and Jenny was suffering.

The Route

Distance

Cumulative Distance

Time

8 hrs

Cumulative Time

Altitude

Cumulative Altitude

Descent

Cumulative Descent

Weather

Cold then horrible at end of day.

Wind so strong overnight the stone refuge felt as if it was moving. Unbelievably loud!

Accommodation

Refuge Baysellance

Fireplace

Platform bunks side by side to wall vs head end to wall

Several rooms

Highest refuge in Pyrenees

Dinner

Soup

Stew and rice

Cheese

Chocolate pudding

Cost

Mountain bug tour cost

Highlights

Highest pass

Nice day walking

Low Lights

Cold water wash

No power for phones (again!!). Few photos!!

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