Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Borce, Aquitaine, France

Sep 18, 2015 - Refuge Goriz to refuge Sarradets

Overview We were getting good at this getting up early, dressing ourselves in/on the bunk beds, packing up all of our things and folding the refuge blanket, before 7am! I nervously shimmied down from the top bunk trying hard not to step on someone's head who was sleeping in one of the 2 lower levels. Not easy when all of this is done in the dark! Breakfast as usual then off in the crisp morning air with blue skies above. We had to be careful as at this altitude there was ice in places on the rocks and ground. Our first technical challenge...

Jump to full entry

Sep 16, 2015 - Refuge Baysellance to Camping Bujareula

Overview What an incredible day. The night was stormy with very high winds beating the refuge ( the highest in the Pyrenees, 2600m ) and the noise made it difficult to sleep. I also started to get a sore throat which isn't a surprise sharing these tiny rooms at night with many others. We were up early and left the refuge with more layers on than we've done before. Stepping outside the door was like walking into the eye of the storm. Rain, very high winds with gusts up to 170kph apparently. It was hard just to stand up let alone walk on...

Jump to full entry

Sep 15, 2015 - Refuge Wallon to refuge Baysellance

Overview A cold start at 8am with an immediate climb. This was followed by a small descent and transverse across a wide scree slope and then climb and then long descent to 'Aouette'?? refuge next to a glacier of the same name. Weather was very windy and cold so we went inside refuge to eat our picnic lunch and we had a hot chocolate. Left in the freezing cold (5C) to climb the last pass the other side of the glacier. The path zigzagged up the mountain then over another Boulder field. Cold turned to rain and sleet. We pressed on over the...

Jump to full entry

Sep 14, 2015 - Arremoulit to refuge Wallon

Overview Weather wasn't too bad when we left the refuge. Started with a climb then a steep descent before crossing a boulder field next to a lake. Pamela went for a swim/bath. We continued on mostly contouring with a slight climb then a descent to a huge Sam wall (hydroelectric ) We had lunch outside overlooking the water., whilst workmen on scaffolding renovated the refuge. We were now in Spain although we again passed the border back into France as We then had a long (600m elevation ) climb through more Boulder fields before transversing...

Jump to full entry

Sep 11, 2015 - Borce to Refuge d'Ayous

Overview We set off early after a lovely breakfast and it wasn't long before we were at the famous Chemin de la Mâture. Helen had hardly slept worrying about this path. It was amazing. A km long path carved up high along a cliff. It was pretty amazing. We had a bit of a climb to get there then it was a long continuous climb after leaving it, for most of the day. We encountered a friendly farmer bringing his cows down from the high pastures. They were just on the narrow path but luckily we encountered them at a T intersection and they were...

Jump to full entry

Sep 10, 2015 - Borce - rest day

Overview A very quiet day of rest. After yummy breakfast we retired to the bedroom and didn't emerge until 2:30pm when we went to Etsaut to meet Jenny on the bus. What a story she had!!! Locked on a train in a station along the way. Missed the right train and bus because of it. Scary for Jenny! Hilarious story for us. I updated the blog for most of the down time. Also managed to do my finger nails... A girl has to have a little treat :) Off to the bar for a few drinks and the little grocery section at the back for picnic food for tomorrow....

Jump to full entry

Sep 9, 2015 - Lescun to Borce

Overview Most days seem to start and end the same way. Starting with a steep rocky climb and finishing with a steep rocky descent into our village for the night. This day was no different. However we did feel that the constant climbing that we did for the first 3 hrs probably had steeper sections than other climbs so far. Most of this was through forest dominated by pines. As the rough 4WD forest track zigzagged its way up the mountain, the GR10 pretty well went straight up, crossing straight over the vehicle track time and time again....

Jump to full entry


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com