samedi 24 octobre 2020


A visit to the mountains around the Etang Souclem,  for the first time in 25 years when Ollie and I passed through here on the HRP. We left the house at an unholy 7.00am (still dark) and after a meeting up with Sheri to car share, arrived at around 9.00am. It was 3 degrees and with a strong wind blowing down the valley bitterly cold (numb fingers in gloves).

Susie's photo looking up the valley from above the Etang de Souclem

Eventually, we started to climb out of the valley and met the sun and suddenly summer arrived and we could remove some layers. Some verglas early in the morning and fresh snow above about 2000m.

Out of the valley and into the sun

One of many stone Orri on the route

We climbed up to the Etang de Roumazet and then through deeper snow to the Etang de Soucarrane for lunch.

Susie's photo of the Etang de Soucarrane

We had intended to head up to the Col de Bouet but Sheri had had a little or no sleep the night before and Susie was keen to get back for an online gaga session with Ohad Naharin so we headed back to the valley from here.

The return

Nice to visit somewhere other than the Couserans and see plenty of possibilities for new exploration.


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