Cloud walking

At the end of last week we took the opportunity to have a few nights away in our VW Campervan.  Living in such a beautiful area we don’t have to travel too far from our home in Vielle-Adour, our first stop was for a walk to Lac d’Oncet which starts from the Col du Tourmalet and is below Pic du Midi.

Pic du Midi towering over Lac d'Oncet

Pic du Midi towering over Lac d’Oncet

Interesting sky looking back down the valley

Interesting sky looking back down the valley

Wild iris give the mountain side a hint of blue

Wild iris give the mountain side a hint of blue

We found a track where we could stop for the night.

Between Col du Tourmalet and Bareges for an overnight stay

Between Col du Tourmalet and Bareges for an overnight stay

Morning cloud in the mountains towards Col du Tourmalet

Morning cloud in the mountains towards Col du Tourmalet

Heavy dew

Heavy dew

Our planned walk was to Lac du Coubous, unfortunately the valley was full of cloud, we did get to the lake but we couldn’t see it!  On a positive note there were delicious wild blueberries to feast on after our picnic.

Lac du Coubous - this was our view of it :(

Lac du Coubous – this was our view of it :(

This was the best view we had all day when the cloud decided to clear briefly

This was the best view we had all day when the cloud decided to clear briefly

After the walk we headed in the direction of Hautacam where we had an overnight stop on the approach road.  The following morning we made our way to the top, conditions didn’t look too bad so we started our walk, unfortunately the cloud came in and we had to turn back due to very poor visibility.  All was not lost though, we disturbed two griffon vultures who were feeding on a sheep carcass, it was incredible to be that close to such two huge creatures (sorry no pictures of them).

Sheep carcass in the clouds on our walk at Hautacam

Sheep carcass in the clouds on our walk at Hautacam

Horses on Hautacam with Argeles Gazost in the valley behind

Horses on Hautacam with Argeles Gazost in the valley behind

 

 

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