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Canigou baby, yeah!

August 2, 2010 7:50 pm

When I left Estany Bleu, my home on Friday night, I climbed back onto the ridge I’d been following from the top of the Vallée d’Eyne, and carried on heading east. The guidebook suggested dropping down to Refuge Ull de Terr but I’d been advised to stick to the ridge, so I bagged a few… Read more

Going solo

July 28, 2010 7:04 pm

The highest point in the UK is Ben Nevis, at 1344m. Since I left Lescun on 26th June (over a month ago), I hadn’t been below that level until yesterday, when Klaas and I hitched down to Ax-les-Thermes to find some decent shops. We had a pretty successful trip, finding fuel for the stoves, maps… Read more

The Third Place

July 24, 2010 5:17 pm

After 37 days going back and forth across the border between France and Spain, we reached our third country on Thursday: Andorra. I’ve never been here before and don’t know a great deal about it, but I learnt the other day that the official language is Catalan. They learn that together with French and Spanish… Read more

Birthday Calories

July 21, 2010 6:10 pm

Although section 4 of the HRP only has one staffed refuge, Klaas and I decided when we were making our plan in Arties that we’d take maximum advantage, to reduce the weight of food we had to carry. As it happened, the refuge fitted perfectly with my birthday, so yesterday at about 14:00 we arrived… Read more

Things to do, people to see…

July 15, 2010 9:04 pm

Although rest days give you a rest from walking, there’s a lot to do. Yesterday involved a bit of exploring the village, some shopping, kit-maintenance and an afternoon by the pool, while today we’ve had a trip into Vielha for some more serious shopping. While the four of us were by the pool yesterday, Klaas… Read more

Section Three – Complete

July 13, 2010 9:08 pm

After his easier day yesterday, Klaas was back on top form for the final stage of section three, while Lucy, Ross and I were all nursing our injuries from yesterday’s beautiful but damaging walk along the lakeside. None of the injuries were serious enough to slow us down much though, so we made pretty good… Read more

The Famous Four

July 12, 2010 7:31 pm

Today was the first day of the walk that there’s been four of us – after a couple of days of trying, Ross and Lucy finally joined Klaas and me as we set off on a section of the GR11 from Hospital de Vielha, hoping for a drier day than yesterday. Some of the kit… Read more

The High Point

July 10, 2010 5:45 pm

Today began with a short sharp climb from the refuge up to Col Inférior des Literoles which, at 2983m, is the highest that the HRP goes. We had a great climb up, both feeling pretty strong after our two half-days. Reaching the high-point of the route felt great, but obviously we couldn’t leave it at… Read more

The Klaas and Jonny Show

July 4, 2010 6:53 pm

After a couple of nights partying in Gavarnie, it was back to work today. The gang split up, with The Felice and Ryan Show heading south in search of the Odessa National Park, while the newly formed Anglo-Dutch partnership headed east. It was quite sad last night saying goodbye to the other guys. From here… Read more

The boys (and girl) are back in town

July 3, 2010 7:20 am

At the end of the first stage I arrived in Lescun and the first people I met were the American couple, Ryan and Felice, looking for an internet outside the post office. Yesterday I popped into the Office de Tourisme in Gavarnie to find somewhere to stay, and they’d finally found the internet, courtesy of… Read more

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