Pauline Peregrinates the Pyrenees travel blog

My breakfast. Teff porridge with hot chocolate powder and a bowl of...

Roger and Lesley at breakfast

Yes we're expecting damp weather today!!

Roger andLeakey with their colour coordinated gîte crocs!!

We follow the stream up the valley

And afterclimbing it flattens out... with a small lake

We head off across a boulder field

Yes, we have to climb to the top of this

At the top of this Pass we see the lakes in the...

Scenery changes totally and it feels like we are on arctic tundra

We shelter our of the wind for a snack break

Weather still looks uncertain

Is that Helen drying the seat of her pants and pack cover!!???

Over the top of another pass we go..

And there's a shepard's hut in the next valley.. and a herd...

Looks like we are on the right track

The team sets off up another climb

And there's still snow hanging about

As we drop into the next valley there's blue sky - yippee!

We love the scenery

So we stop above a lake for our picnic

My picnic is copious today

Lunch with a view

A helicopter constantly flew up , down and around the valley

 

Sandra and Terry lap up the sun after lunch

Whilst Helen and I do our yoga

 

Oh my goodness, i think I've found a bear print in the...

After crossing many streams we come to another lake

With a dam at the end.. and hopefully the refuge too

As we cross the dam wall, we look back at the last...

It's an obstacle course of laundry drying in the bedroom

Crocs rack at the refuge

The last of the sunset as we eat

The dinner table

Is that a gas burner I see the young campers using at...

Helen uses her headlamp to read in bed. Isn't that the price...


Day's Overview

We said our goodbyes to Lesley and Roger and set off up the valley. It was damp and we crossed many streams as we climbed up the valley. We then popped over a ridge and there was a lovely little lake. And snow about in places. We crossed a flat boulder field then climbed a huge boulder field to get further up the the pass and finally over the top.

The wind was blowing and it was pretty chilly. More lakes ahead. Sheltered next to a huge rock and had our morning snack. Up and over into the next Valley and we saw a herd of Isards. As we then climbed straight up the next Pass the weather started to improve. Over the other side we stopped for lunch above a lake. The weather was so lovely we relaxed there for awhile whilst a helicopter went up and down the valley many times, very close to the valley walls. Seemed to be looking for some thing or someone! We walked along a valley close to a river and crossed many streams feeding into it. At least 20. Met up with Lesley and Roger again!! Finally got to the last lake after seeing bear paw marks along the track. A dog surely couldn't have that big a paw!! Had coffee and ice-creams at the end of the lake at a 'tourist honeypot', then crossed the dam wall to our refuge. Lesley and Roger joined us for dinner. A fun evening.

Distance 18km

Time 8 hrs

Elevation Gain for the day 600m Descent 700m

Highest Point for day Coll de Coma d'Anyell 2426m

Accommodation Refuge des Bouillouses

Meals

Bfast Teff porridge with hot chocolate powder and my rice crackers and jam

Lunch picnic. 2 hard boiled eggs, 4 boiled potatoes , tin of pâté , packet of crisps, fruit compote, Apple and a madeleine that I donated to Sandra

Dinner tomato, cheese and onion salad, toast chicken and mashed potatoes. Dessert: crepes for everyone, an apple for me!!

Day's Cost

€42

Weather

Foggy and damp for the first 3.5 hours but once over the Pass the sun came out. Out of the chilly wind it was lovely.

Highs

The lovely weather finally!!

Lows

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