Pauline Peregrinates the Pyrenees travel blog

Setting off in the rain and fog

Prep before leaving

My birthday Refuge

How to stop wind blowing away the temp buildings

Great conditions!

At the top of the Pass

We hear then see a Patou. He guards the sheep

We passed mining relics





Wet clothes hanging in annex






Clothes drying





Cat chose my bed to sleep on



Day's Overview

YAY, we have now climbed AND descended one Everest (plus a bit) since we started walking 11 days ago.

A relatively easy day today, although it rained the whole time and with all of the descent it made it treacherous at times. Nick walked with us today and helped with checking out the path ahead. Started in the fog/mist with a climb. By the time we were at the top our views were extremely limited. We could hear a dog barking madly and soon realised it was the famous 'patou'. The pyrenees mountain dog left to guard the sheep and to be avoided at all costs if the posters all around the mountains are to be believed ! We then saw a couple of farmers out in the rain at the Pass. They called the dog!

Descended for several hours past lots of old mining ruins. It was previously a zinc and lead mine.

The rain continued and the track became more slippery. Helen won the slip stakes going over twice whilst Nick and I were lucky to get away with once each. The path was rocky and extremely slippery and much care was taken with every footfall.

Distance 8km

Time. 4 hours

Elevation Gain for the day 300m Descent 1300m

High Point. Serre d'Araing 2221m

Accommodation Gîte d'Eylie

A really well looked after and comfy gîte. Love this place in a tiny village


Bfast. Rice cakes and jam

Lunch. Picnic that we ate in the gîte on arrival. Cheese and rice cake 'sandwiches', hard boiled egg, tomato, apple


Day's Cost


Foggy and rain

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