Pauline Peregrinates the Pyrenees travel blog

Leaving Barèges

Early morning light on the mointains

The base of the Tourmalet climb We turn away from that

The early part of today's walk. Before tracks got really rough

Waymarks don't always stand out!!

View from our lunchspot looking back where we came from. Before the...

The climb to and past these lakes was serious

Keep climbing. Finally at the Col.

View over other side of the Col. Magnificent. Snack break time!

The barrage we illegally crossed. And the worksite we scrambled thru

Horray we made dinner.

And truly deserved that wine!

Day's Overview

Big day

4 mountain passes

Very rough conditions

Seriously steep climbing and descending. Especially at end. 1 hr of almost vertical descent

Several boulder fields during day (hate them )

Nothing flat. Or if flat very rocky

Magnificent scenery

Filled water from mountain lakes twice as had almost run out

Path closed to Refuge at end!!! Rather than go around ANOTHER lake (at least another km or 2) we went through barriers with some french guys and made it to Refuge at 19:05. Dinner served at 1900 but they allowed us to join.

We were totally exhausted !!

Distance 25km

Time: 11hrs

Elevation Gain for the day 1300m

Descent 700m

High point Col de Madamète 2509m

Also Cap d'Estoudou 2260m

Accommodation : Refuge de l'Oule


Bfast. Cornflakes (in theory GF!... I doubt it), yoghurt, tea)

Lunch. Picnic. Cucumber, Cheese, sausage, bread


Dried meats, tomatoes , watermelon


Red wine

Fruit salad

Cost for day €45


Hot. 30C



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