jeudi 21 mai 2020

Cap d'Auternac

After a couple of months of being confined to our homes for all but essential journeys, the rules have been relaxed and we can travel within a 100km radius and socialise in groups not exceeding 10 people, whilst maintaining a 2m separation from those not in one's household....ample to allow a trip into the mountains with friends.

After a rendezvous at Col de la Core, we headed up to the Etang d'Eychelle for lunch. Pete, Dee and their kids called it day there, whilst Susie, I, Al and Breezy, Sheri and Michiel and Becks carried on.

 Red kite

After the Cabane d'Eychelle, we followed the vague path upto the SW to reach the broad col opposite Pic de Montgarié.

From there we followed the ridge over 4 or 5 tops to reach Cap d'Auternac 2361m and a second lunch with views to Mont Valier.

 Mont valier

 Tuc de la Messe, Cap d'Auternac and Pic de Lampau

A short steep descent from Cap d'Auternac put us on the Col de Crouzette, from where a snowy descent saw us back at the Cabane. Just over 1000m denivilée and lovely first walk of the season.

Fabulous to see friends and be back in the mountains doing what we love best.

Today the weather remains beautifully hot, we have our first guests in the gite and there's a semblance of normality!

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