Tuesday 14 July
A short day today, just a 2 hrs climb of about 400m ascent from the lower Iraty lakes up to the col d'Iraty (or Bagargui ). The chalets d'Iraty are holiday homes, buried in what they claim is Europe's largest beech forest
Gradually we are creeping upwards. . the col is at 1327m, and I will climb over 2000m tomorrow. The scenery is changing too, less greenery, more rocky, and the views are getting wider and more impressive. I hope that comes through, the phone camera is not great at panoramas.
The next three days are all tricky ones and quite long though rewarding. First over pic d'orhy and on to the cabane d'ardane, a small hut by a natural spring. Then over the col dAnaye to the source Marmitou, a spring with not even a hut, then a long descent into lescun. They pass through remote areas and it is possible I cannot post again until Saturday, when I shall be in beautiful Lescun. I took a nice video of some cows but cannot find a way to add it here, sorry!