vendredi 16 juin 2017

3 days being a mountain porter

Spent the last four days being a porter for a UK film crew filming a documentary to air in the autumn on UK television (channel 4). I can't talk about the subject matter yet. There were supposed to be 3 or 4 porters with us each carrying about 10 kgs plus personal gear, in the end there was only me after day one, so my load was pretty horrific (over 20kgs) mostly masses of rechargeable batteries and rechargers, lunches and rubbish - lucky I travelled light and took a 80 litre rucksack. Although the distances each day were short with relatively little height gain (2000m in 3 days), the weather was very hot and with much filming 'en route' the days were usually 12 hours between huts. One camera man got ill and had to be evacuated on day 2.

A new col for me above the Etang Long on day 3 which gave some nice views of the Port de Barlonguere, before a descent into Spain.

launching the drone - 'de rigour' these days

The team


Looking down on the Etang Long towards the Port de Barlonguere

Monty in front of Valieret

Back home and caught a huge horse fly in the poly tunnel Tabanus Sudeticus fully 27mm long!



Tomorrow with hot weather forecast for the next 2 weeks, we'll make some hay.

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