dimanche 11 octobre 2009

Port d'Orle

An autumnal walk into Spain via the Port d'Orle (2317m) today, with Sandrine and Françoise. It's a long time since I've been in the Orle valley, the last time was maybe ten years ago when I soloed the Cheminée de Cornave one winter. I've wanted to go to the top of the valley for some time and have a plan to ski over to the Val d'Aran one winter.

Un rando d'automne à l'Espagne vers le Port d'Orle (2317m) aujourd'hui, avec Sandrine et Françoise. Il est longtemps depuis j'ai visité la vallée d'Orle, le dernier fois etais il y a dix ans, quand j'ai fais l'ascension de la cheminée de Cornave toute seul en hiver. Je voulait visiter la tête de la vallée pendant quelques années et je voudrais skier à la Val d'Aran (Espagne) un hiver.
Cheminée de Cornave (left) and the Aiguille de Cornave (right)
Snow at the bottom of the Cheminée de Cornave (1500m), even after the hot dry summer.

The day started with low cloud (which we soon entered), rain, wind and cold. At 2000m there was even talk of retreat, but we pressed on over the port and into Spain for lunch. The sun came out (albeit briefly) and the second half of the day was dry, pleasant and the clouds lifted to about 2600m.

Le matin comencais avec de la brume, du pluie, du vent et le froid. À 2000m il y avais les mots de retraite, mais nous avons continué de traverser le port vers l'Espagne pout le manger. Le soliel est arrivé (pour deux minutes) et la deuxième partie de la journée etais sec, et les nuages montent à 2600m.
Pic de l'Homme Mort and behind the Aiguille de Cornave
The cabane des chasseurs close to the Pic de l'Homme Mort

2 commentaires :

Anonyme a dit…

Random Blog Feedback from USA! You take great photos. Landscapes in those mountains are cool. Also like it when you post pics of old-school building techniques. Keep it up! Chip

Lee a dit…

Thanks, nice to get positive feedback.

I should have taken pictures of the guys putting the lime render on the gable end but didn't think. Still, I have some old cruck frames to alter for a friend in a week or so's time so will try to remember to take pictures of the work whilst it's under way.