20 September 2008

Pyrenees September 2008

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from my first trip to the Pyrenees. I caught the sleeper train down through France to Pau, buses up to Etsaut in the Vallee d'Aspe and then walked hut to hut on either side of the French and Spanish border using GR10-HRP path variants.
Overnight stops along the way: Refuge d'Ayous ,Chalet Refuge Gabas ,Refuge d'Arremoulie,Refugio de Respumoso ,Chalet du Clot ,Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube.

 On the day from Respumoso I'd orginally planned to take a direct route to Oulettes after descending from the Col de Grande Fache but there was quite a lot of snow over the next pass and other walkers had turned back so I stayed on the French side and looped round through the Vallees du Marcadau and Gaube.

 At Oulettes the forecast was heavy snow for the next few days ,so the next morning I beat a hasty retreat down the valley to Cauterets where I stayed for the last couple of nights before catching the bus to Lourdes and sleeper back to Paris.

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