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A short trip in the French Pyrenees
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Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
A short trip in the French Pyrenees on 08/03/2010 15:32:37 MDT Print View

I made my first trip in the French Pyrenees in early July.
I started in the Vallee d'Ossau in the evening
Vallee d'Ossau
and hiked up Val d'Arrious
Val d'Arrious 1652
Looking back whence I had come, I had my first view of the Pic du Midi D'Ossau
Pic du Midi d'Ossau 1653
but an hour later, at the Col d'Arrious, a temperature inversion had developed
Val d'Arrious 1656
Above 2200m, the way ahead was still clear, this is the Passage d'Orteig
Passage d'Orteig
After crossing the Passage, I dropped down to camp next to the Refuge d'Arremoulit - not much grass to choose from!
Refuge d'Arremoulit
Sunrise next morning on Pic d'Arriel
Pic d'Arriel
After crossing the Col du Palas, this was the view south into Spain, the Picos del Infierno I think
Picos del Infierno
After finding the intended route obscured by deep snow, I turned around and crossed Passe de la Barane and then Port du Lavedan (2615m)
Port du Lavedan
and recrossing Col du Palas
Col du Palas
to return to the previous nights camp site. Next morning I retraced my steps down to Vallee d'Ossau and climbed the oposite side to the Pic du Midi d'Ossau
Pic du Midi d'Ossau 1693
I made a detour up Pic Peyreget and then dropped down to this idyllic camp spot beside Lac de Peyreget
Lac de Peyreget
and went for a swim.
Lac de Peyreget camp
The next morning was my last, and I passed this more typical French hiker - definitely not UL!
French hiker

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: A short trip in the French Pyrenees on 08/03/2010 16:02:48 MDT Print View

Hi Scott

Lovely! Memories.

>camp next to the Refuge d'Arremoulit - not much grass to choose from!
You had more snow than we did! I think the area was completely clear of snow when we were there.
I remember chatting with the Guardian at the Refuge - he had no customers as the weather was rather poor. Like, wet!