Posts Tagged ‘GR10’

Canigó webcam now working

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

The Cortelets hostel webcam is now working and will be online until mid-Octobre.

The webcam is aimed at the summit (2784m). Screen-shot on 26 mai 2018

The webcam is aimed at the summit (2784m). Screenshot, 26 mai 2018

There seems to be a lot of snow on the ridge leading to the summit.

Snow reports for walkers in the Pyrenees

Monday, January 29th, 2018

From mid-July to September, apart from occasional showers, the only snow in the Pyrenees is the icing on the glaciers. But for the other nine months of the year walkers need to take into account the possibility of drifts and avalanches.

So when and where can you hike in the Pyrenees this winter without crampons or snowshoes? Please help me to reply by filing snow reports below.

 

* indicates the first high ground encountered on the GR10, HRP and GR11 trails where snow may be a problem, between 15 October and 14 June

* indicates the first high ground encountered on the GR10, HRP and GR11 trails where snow may be a problem early and late in the trekking season

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Can sheep be protected from bears in the Pyrenees? No, says Éric Fournié

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

 

My last article was based on Catherine Brunet’s book La bergère et l’ours [The shepherdess and the bears] in which she declares that the measures proposed by the State to protect sheep can work. Here, I reproduce interviews given by farmer Éric Fournié and his shepherd Gérard Pujol about their experiences in the mountains in the summer of 2017.

Transcript of the interview with Éric Fournié and Gérard Pujol

For the last five years Éric Fournié has done everything the State has recommended to protect his sheep. This summer 223 went up to the estive [mountain pasture] at Arréou [near Seix, Ariège] and he thought that this year was going to be a good one.

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Baked Alaska

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Etang d'Astou

Etang d’Astou

 

7/8 June 2017. A good Baked Alaska should have a frozen centre which melts in the mouth. I’ve just discovered how appropriate this recipe is for a hot day in the Pyrenees.

 

Valier seen from the Cabane de Turguilla

Valier seen from the Cabane de Turguilla

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21 May: Canigou now accessible without crampons

Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Canigou as seen from above Ria, where I was walking today. The snow on the western face is clearly visible, as is the ridge which runs from the Porteille to the summit.

Canigou as seen from above Ria, where I was walking today. The snow on the western face is clearly visible, as is the ridge which runs from the Porteille to the summit.

Information from the Facebook page of the Cortalets Refuge updated by Thomas Dulac, the manager of the refuge, who climbed up to the summit today Sunday 21 May 2017.

From the Cortalets, no snow until you get to the fontaine de la Perdrix but the west side of the peak (Vernet)  is covered in snow. It is possible to climb the ridge which goes  directly from the Porteille to the summit (easy rock climbing) with classic mountain walking boots.

It is also appears to be possible to climb to the summit from the Cortalets via the Barbet, Porteille de Valmanya and the Cheminée, without crampons (not checked).

From Mariailles, no need for crampons (no snow on the Cheminéee).

21st-century Pyrenees (iii): on ice and water

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The Pyrenees are changing. This is the third in a series of articles on the mountains in the 21st century.

 

Rhododendrons and broom in the Grava valley on the GR10

Rhododendrons and broom in the Grava valley on the GR10

 

The foothills of the Pyrenees are evolving, with pastures, no longer in use, being invaded by rhododendrons and gorse. It may well look pretty but it is a sign of decay. Higher up, decay is also evident.

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Refuge Tomy: probably the best place to spend your last night on the GR 10

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Refuge Tomy with alpine roof garden

Refuge Tomy with alpine roof garden

 

 

If you are walking from Hendaye to Banyuls without a tent you’ve probably thought of spending your last night at the Col d’Ullat in the Chalet de l’Albère. Another alternative is to sleep in the Refuge de Tanyareda (Tagnarede), which is basic to say the least (graffiti on the walls, bottles on the floor). You might as well sleep outdoors.

In either case you will have to walk for at least eight hours the next day to arrive at the Mediterranean – of course you will be used to it by then – but there is an alternative, nearer to Banyuls: the refuge Tomy, also known as Can Tomy.

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