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

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!


Saturday, 22 August 2015

HRP Day 46 Cabane de Rouzet - Refuge des Bouillouses

Saturday 22 August 2015

So. The weather forecast is for rain in the afternoon, with a risk of storms. With that in mind I set off early, about 7.30am. It doesn't start to get light until after 6.30, so that is about as early as is practical.
The first task of the day is to get over the Portella de la Grave, 2426m, which I do. Then it is a long, and mostly gradual, descent to and along the huge Lac des Bouillouses, almost 3 miles long. Once I'm over the col, it occurs to me that the weather is not looking good. That peculiar orangey light, that is not at all good news. I change into my wet weather gear, in the nick of time. The heavens open and it rains heavily. It is not yet 9am! It rains for an hour or so, then stops, then rains again a couple more times. By the time I reach the Lac des Bouillouses, about 11, it is looking brighter and as I walk along the banks of the lake, there is even a glimpse of sun. By the time I get to the dam at the far end of the lake, around 12.30, I am more or less dried out.
This seems a popular place, I see quite a lot of people walking, and by the dam, there are even coaches. There are a couple of hotels, as well as a refuge. Years ago someone told me the hotel Bones Hores was very good, so I went there. The man I spoke to looked shifty, and after a bit he told me they were full. Perhaps they really were, it is August after all. Then he tried to overcharge me for a beer. So I recommend avoiding the place. The Auberge Carlit looked nicer, and they were very friendly... but also full, desolee. So here I am in the refuge. It is not full, in fact it is totally empty, except for me, though I think they do have some bookings. It is a good refuge so far as they go. I am in a room with four beds. There is a basin with a hot tap that actually delivers hot water.   There is a shower opposite, and I feel I ought to make use of it, even though it is hardly two days since the last one :-).

I am perversely pleased that it is now 4pm and raining heavily, complete with thunder etc. However the forecast for tomorrow is also bad. I cannot afford to lose any more days, so I must walk anyway. My daughter and grandchildren return to Qatar on 2nd September and I want to be home before then. 

there is a group of six Izard in this picture, near the middle. . but I can't see them now! 
The view back towards the pass I came over yesterday
the Lac des Bouillouses

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