My Pyrenees HRP Diary - Introduction

This blog was begun in 2015, to record my walk along the Pyrenees HRP from Hendaye to Banyuls. If you want to read about that, I suggest you start here.

But that is all in the past now, and I have expanded the blog a little to cover more recent events.. such as:

Snowdonia Way
Hebden Bridge
Equipment Reviews
North Downs Way
Andorra

and also, one day:

Pennine Way .. which I am due to walk for the third time in 2019, this time from N to S I think

I hope you will find something interesting. Please do provide a little feedback or comment, and if you are interested in something that I didn't say enough about, please let me know .. happy walking!



Jerry

Sunday, 16 August 2015

HRP Day 41 la Cortado - cabane Coms de Jan

Monday 17 August 2015

Nearly, I had a day today where everything went smoothly, just as it ought. Nearly, but not quite.
I left the hotel fairly late, about 8.45am, as breakfast only began at 8. It was mediocre, one of those that come on a tray. So no seconds, no choices.  I needed to get back up to El Serrat, so I started hitching. .  to no great effect. However about 9.10am a bus appeared, so for €1,50 I got my ride to El Serrat. I set off, and in an hour or so got to the Refugio Sorteny, where I had a coffee. Sorteny has recently been refurbished and converted into a manned refuge, and very nice it looked too. Then onward, and ever upward toward the Collada des Meners. Although this is quite high at 2,713m, the climb up to the col was steep but not otherwise difficult, ditto for the descent on the far side. So far so good, but then the weather took a hand. First thing the sky had been clear and sunny, then a few clouds appeared and we had sunny intervals, then the sun disappeared altogether. By the time I was over the col it was clear some rain was coming and so it did. It rained steadily from then until I reached the cabane, about two hours later. This cabane has two rooms, with four beds in each. When I arrived, there were a Belgian couple and a Frenchman there. Another French lady turned up later. One or two others sought temporary shelter and then carried on. There is a fireplace but sadly, no wood.
It has rained all evening and the forecast for tomorrow is bad. I am not sure what to do. . I am not at all keen to stay here a whole day. There is a manned Refugio, Jucla, roughly four hours walk from here, and if there is a break in the weather I might try to reach it. I think I can get to L'Hospitalet from there on Wednesday.
Let's see what it is like in the morning.

the view from the Collada des Meners, looking forward..
and looking back. Between the two pictures, you can see most of Andorra. It is wild, difficult, lonely, but magnificent country. 

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