Skip to content

HRP Day 3

Alex Roddie
Alex Roddie
1 min read

The HRP / GR11 blog series

HRP day 1

HRP day 2

HRP day 3

HRP day 4

HRP day 5

HRP day 6

HRP day 7

HRP / GR11 day 8

HRP / GR11 day 9

HRP / GR11 day 10

HRP / GR11 day 11

HRP / GR11 day 12

Arrival in Gavarnie

Total miles walked: 32.4

HRP stage: 16

Location: Gave de Gavarnie – a clearing in the woods beneath the famous cirque

Today has been a much easier day on the trail. I woke up and immediately made up my mind not to climb Vignemale, despite the continuing excellent weather – I have concerns about the glacier, and it’s a serious mountain to take on so early in the trail. Plus there was Gandalf’s warning to consider.

Instead, I resumed my descent of the GR10 to arrive in Gavarnie, which is a superb little town with all the amenities a hiker could need. I stocked up on food (five mountain saucisson for 10 Euros – bargain!) and followed the queue of hikers making their way to the Cirque de Gavarnie, a stunning rock amphitheatre ringed with several 3,000m peaks. There is also a huge waterfall (the Grand Cascade) which is several hundred metres high.

After 19.00, I found a pleasant spot to camp near the river. The only problem with this pitch is that dozens of flies keep invading my tarp. I’ve taken shelter inside my bivvy bag.

Tomorrow I intend to climb the mountain of Pimene and bivouac near the col before continuing towards Parzan and Bielsa, my next resupply point.

NotesOutdoorsHaute Route PyreneesHRP

Alex Roddie

Happiest on a mountain. Writer, story-wrangler, digital and film photographer. Editor of Sidetracked magazine (I make the words come out good).

Comments


Related Posts

Members Public

'Embracing constraints taught me to love them'

Tip of the hat to The Cramped, one of my favourite blogs, which pointed me in the direction of this fascinating piece: 'A tale from “ye olden days” of graphic design that taught me to love and embrace constraints'. This post from Mike Rohde is a look back

'Embracing constraints taught me to love them'
Members Public

Highs and lows from a winter of outdoor gear testing: spooky summit camps, exploding stoves, and more

Now that a long winter here in Scotland has finally come to an end, it's time for me to look back on the highlights of my season. Regular readers will know that I have been on the team at The Great Outdoors testing and reviewing equipment for some

Highs and lows from a winter of outdoor gear testing: spooky summit camps, exploding stoves, and more
Members Public

Seek the mayglow while you can, for it is fleeting

May has long been one of my favourite months of the year, but it's not all about Scottish Alpine spring, as you might expect from a mountaineer based in Scotland. One of the things I have learnt about myself is that I need more from nature than mountains.

Seek the mayglow while you can, for it is fleeting

Mastodon