lundi 8 août 2016

Pointe de Rabasere

There's been a lot of field and potager clearing going on over the past few days and some new fruit bushes planted. The chicken house is being redeployed closer to the house with a new run an earlier priority on out return. 

The weather remains hot and sunny.

On Saturday we set off on a walk to Pointe de Rabasere (2568m) from Gerac above Guzet. After descending the ladders and crossing the outflow from the first lake, we followed the path which climbs and then crosses the ridge above the lake, before descending towards the Etang de la Hillette.

The first path of the descending path is narrow and exposed

Above the Etang de la Hillette

After losing a lot of height we eventually joined the path leading to the Port de Couillac and the Spanish frontier for lunch.

 One of several small lakes before the Port

There are lovely views from the Port into Spain and towards the mountains around Pica d'Estats and Certescan. We watched a short-toed eagle (snake eagle) soaring and hovering over hillsides.

View from the summit

A short steep climb put us on the tiny summit of Pointe de Rabassere. From here we had to head north to small col from where one can pick up a path heading to the Etand de Reglisse. Susie didn't fancy the ecposed ridge so we descended and then traversed but ended up a little too low and had to reclimb the ridge a little - annoying on a hot afternoon in pathless terrain! Some care was needed to follow the cairns and old red markers on the descent but eventually we were down and soaking our feet in the lake.

Etand de Reglisse

From here a good path back to Gerac. 1350m of ascent.

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