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Many thanks to Dermot Dolan for this guest entry. Beautiful photos!
I walked from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Irun last year as part of my Camino walk. On the 23 Aug this year (2012) I started the GR10 in St Jean and finished (because of other commitments) in Bolquère on Thursday 27 Sept. I walked alone.
It was absolutely amazing. I’ve never done mountains before and am less than three years doing any walking. Came very close to finishing it. I had intense heat, lightning, a fierce wind of almost 120km per hour on the ridge just before Refuge de Rulhe (it lasted a terrifying three hours), cold, hail, sleet, snow and ice.
I did not use a tent but brought a small gas stove and stayed in about 6 cabanes, some refuges and the rest gîtes and a hotel one night. Cost excluding flight but including train to Cahors and Carcassonne to meet friends 1580 euros for six weeks.
It was tough going but worth it I will finish it next year and then may turn around and do the GR11 in opposite direction from east to west.
I used a harness to wear a Nikon d80 SLR camera, so I am now starting the long edit of many photos. May have exhibition next year with the photographs I have done earlier in the year of the Via de la Plata and Le Puy en Veley to Cahors.
Yes I took your advice and did the Vignemale loop, it was great.
Thanks again for your advice and encouragement.
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