Posts in Category: Walking

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

 

 

PMT goes walking!

We met Stuart two years ago at a wedding in Turkey and he thought he would like to do some walking in the Pyrenees and so came to stay with us last week with three friends.

Five go Hiking - Phil, Peter, Stuart, Shaun and Martin

Five go Hiking – Phil, Peter, Stuart, Shaun and Martin

First day was a local walk being as they hadn’t had any sleep the previous night due to an early flight.

Stuart with the Lesponne Valley in the background

Stuart with the Lesponne Valley in the background

Second day was a walk to the summit of Pic du Montaigu 2339m, we were lucky with the weather as there was a thunderstorm in the area and the cloud followed us up the mountain but didn’t affect us too much.

Martin, Phil, Shaun and Peter on the summit of Pic du Montaigu

Martin, Phil, Shaun and Peter on the summit of Pic du Montaigu

Walking down from the summit of Pic du Montaigu

Walking down from the summit of Pic du Montaigu

Day three we tried to walk up to Pic du Midi but heavy deposits of snow blocked our way and we were not equipped with snow shoes so had to turn back early,

On our way up to Pic du Midi walking through the snow

On our way up to Pic du Midi walking through the snow

Martin fearlessly proceeds with caution

Martin fearlessly proceeds with caution

Tunnel partially block with snow and looks like the roof has a problem

Tunnel partially block with snow and looks like the roof has a problem

A good time was had by all and I for one was surprised at how unfit I am (Mr PMT).

After the high winds

We had a good walk yesterday (8 miles) and our route was obstructed in a couple of places by some huge trees that had been felled by the high winds of Thursday and Friday of last week.  The track took us above Montgaillard and rewarded us with some great views of the Pyrenees mountains.