Tuesday 28 July 2015
A lovely day today, very enjoyable, which is especially nice to write, considering that it starts off with a1000m climb!
I left Gavarnie (1390m) about 8 am in swirling mist and cloud, and climbed steadily to the refuge d'Espuguettes (2030m) where I sat for a few minutes and ate some yoghurt and fruit bought in Gavarnie. While I did so the cloud obligingly shifted, so that above me was clear blue sky and sun. Then another steady climb up to the col, the Hourquette d'Alan. Then a long descent to the lac Gloriettes, partly along the pleasant bubbling stream that feeds it, the Gave d'Estaube. The descent gave me a chance to properly try out my new walking poles, and they are certainly an improvement. After that it is a bit of a slog along the road to Heas, but now I am here at the Auberge de la Munea. The auberge sadly is full, but I am booked in for a meal this evening and my tent is up in the field next door.
Tomorrow another big climb to the lacs de Barroude, another of the iconic spots of the Pyrenees.