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.
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
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!!
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.
The lovely weather finally!!