Pauline Peregrinates the Pyrenees travel blog

Weather not looking good when we awoke

View from our window. Yes we descended these mountains yesterday

At the top of the pass. Storm to the left.

The mountains surround us and go on for ever

The mine entrance

Hooray. Our hotel. Better than it looks!

And the Hotel still has its old petrol pumps

St Lary Soulan

The Pyrenean Pair enjoy paella and sangria for dinner

Forget the Big Banana, St Lary Soulan has the big local pastry!.....

Lightning lights up the skies as the runners head off on their...


Day's Overview

As storms were forecast to hit at 14:00 we decided to take a little short cut up a ski slope and save a bit of time this morning. So we walked straight up 400m to the Col de Portet. Plenty of flags out marking an upcoming mountain foot race that leaves from our town tonight.

We crossed lots of ski slopes today and contoured around very steep slopes following one of many narrow but deep sheep tracks. After Portet we descended for much of the rest of the day. Again really steep descents of hours but mostly easier underfoot than yesterday. Although slippery in parts through the forest.

Past an old magnesium mine on the heights of Vielle Aure

Distance 17km

Time. 6 hrs

Elevation Gain for the day 400m (1400m descent)

High point of route. Col de Portet 2215m

Accommodation Hotel D'Orédon at Saint Lary Soulan

Meals

Bfast. Curds, fresh fruit salad and teff porridge

Lunch. Picnic from Refuge. Salad, cold meat, cheese, hard boiled egg, apple

Dinner Paella and a 1/2 litre of Sangria

Day's cost

Dinner €22 pp

Accommodation €36 plus €9 breakfast

Picnic €10

Weather

Serious thunderstorms overnight and Hail before we left. But rain held off during the walk. Overcast all day. Not cold. Very humid during last hour of descent into Vielle Aure. 25-30C

Highs

Arriving early enough to shower and relax stretched out on a nice hotel bed!

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