mercredi 18 septembre 2019

Pic Seron traverse

One of Susie's old students Saskia popped in for a visit whilst on her summer break from London Contemporary Dance School. Saskia had never climbed a mountain so we took a quick afternoon traverse of Pic Seron. Ascending by the West ridge and after a late lunch on the summit descending by the North ridge. The path which is cairned on the west flank to regain the track from the Col de Cerda is now almost gone, though the cairns mostly remain. In dense cloud we lost the track and took a direct course back to Gerac across the huge boulder fields (felsenmeer). Not too difficult but slower work then we'd imagined. 

William is now ram apron no 4, having trashed early versions made from tarp and canvas, he's now on his second leather one fastened with studs to the belt!

Watching the storm clouds gathering from Joubac

mardi 10 septembre 2019

Bergerie and sheep

First snows snows of autumn on the mountains overnight.

The Bergerie is nearly complete, just the backs on the hay feeders to finish

William is sporting an apron to prevent him from mating with the ewes this autumn. He shredded the first one but the second I made more robust and it seems to be surviving. The grass is regrowing on the land we cleared on the Pla d'Artigue so something for the sheep to get their teeth into at last, plus some apples and pears which they love!

Juvenile green woodpecker on the lawn

jeudi 5 septembre 2019

Trois Seigneurs (VN)

A beautiful day out with Alun, Breezy and Sandrine on the normal route of Pic des Trois Seigneurs. Ascent via the Etang d'Arbu and descent via the ridge. We had planned to traverse the Pic and return via the Gragnots and Col de Rose but the views were too fantastic today to descend so soon.

On the descent we took to the ridge after the first col for some "scrambling" on the granite.

Thirsty work on the ascent

Lunch on the summit (photo Sandrine Rousseau)


Plenty of parapentistes flying from the launch site above the Etang de Lers