Camping Bujareula to Refuge Goriz
17 Sep 2015
After a good night's sleep in 2 sets of proper bunks we set off to walk the Ordesa Canyon. The 'camping' resort owners were lovely and gave me GF toast for breakfast as well as the remainder of the baguette to take with me. Like all days in the high refuges, we were provided with a picnic. It was always interesting to see what we were given to survive during the day.
We initially walked on roads next to the raging river and then climbed to walk along the valley side, through forests, until we were at the start of the Ordesa Canyon. At this point Dan informed is that we were taking the high route along the top of the Canyon. This involved a climb of 600m almost straight up. Of course the path took small zigzags. By now we'd been trained to take very small steps whilst climbing steeply. Other much younger people overtook us on the very narrow path, but it wasn't long before we passed them, red faced and exhausted waiting at a convenient stopping point along the path. We continued to the top without stopping. It took just over an hour, arriving in time for a magnificent view along the canyon and a much needed lunch break. We had finished lunch by the time some of those younger walkers arrived! Most people don't climb but walk along the base of the canyon. We walked the length of the canyon for the rest of the day on a path which slowly descended. Took an afternoon tea break before commencing to climb again to the refuge that we could see up very high, in the distance. We got there just before fog started to descend for the evening.
We were on the top layer of 3 level 'bunks'. Great for headspace and privacy. Terrible if any of us needed to get down in the middle of the night as there were little foot pegs in a bed post vs a proper ladder. Clearly we were in a popular area for climbers !!
Perfect. Clear skies, no wind and not too hot
Triple layer platform 'beds' with approx 30 people per room. Total approx 100 people
External toilets and cold showers / hand basins in temporary portaloo style block.
White bean soup
Rice salad with artichoke hearts and veges
Mince meat patty with a drizzle of mayonnaise and grated cheese
Vanilla custard/ (apple for me )
The Ordesa canyon
Mushrooms in forest ( HUGE red ones and some smaller green ones)
We all felt weary before the final climb for the day - but we made it surprisingly well