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.
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
Foggy and rain