Steady climb through forest for first 2 hrs.
Then steady slippery climb up often muddy pastures
Heard cow bells for long time but cows were hidden in fog
Eventually encountered a bull coming towards us on a narrow slippery path. Bit scary but he happily got off the path and slipped past us
At top of pass we quickly descended along a rocky steep path with a cable to hold for a short while. Handy as the rocks were slippery and there was a big drop on one side.
Still in the fog we had a steep rocky climb and then crossed a Boulder field and found we were next to a lake. In the fog it looked like cloud. We were all surprised.
Eventually had the long rocky slippery path down. Tricky walking for about an hour.
The view thru the fog, of the lakes in the valley ahead were amazing. Still raining. Then the Refuge came into sight. Yay!
Others went ahead and I took photos including the 'orri'. A shepherd's stone hut with grass roof set in hillside. By the time I arrived at the Refuge the others had already got wet weather gear off and were eating lunch.
Shower was 4 min limit then freezing water.
No toilet seat on the only WC in the Refuge.
Work going on in the Refuge made it noisy. But we were warm and dry!
Margy arrived later
We saw Guy on the trail early on
Message from Nick that he's back walking and a long way ahead
Terry's quote of the day as we fumbled around in the dark in our room after dinner... looking for Head torches. "Isn't this fun"
Elevation Gain for the day 1200m Descent 300m
High Point for Day. Port des Bassiès 1933m
Accommodation Refuge d'Etangs de Bassies
Bfast same as yesterday
Lunch rice salad. Fruit and nuts, 2 cracker sandwiches, apple , apple compote
Omelette for me
Tinned fruit salad
Wet and foggy. Cold in wind
It's beautiful here. Even in the fog and rain
No power to recharge phone
No light in the room
No toilet seat on THE toilet