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Cirque Gavarnie (Bellevue Circuit clockwise)

View of Cirque from Bar adjacent to X country ski centre Link to detailed route page and map click on route title  Cirque-de-Gavarnie Distance 8 km Time 2 h 5 min Speed 4 km/h Min altitude 1396 m Peak 1711 m Climb 616 m Descent 507 m (0) February 25, 2017 Jacqui A must for this holiday was a hike round the Cirque Gavarine area. Initially we had thought of going up to the Refuge Espuguettes (unmanned). However I have a slightly inflamed knee from our walk last week on the Tour Val d’Azun which can be aggravated by steep...

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Col de Pourteillou

Panorama showing the Gavarnie ski area and Breche de Roland from the Col Link to detailed route page and map click on route title  Pourteillou Coll Distance 14 km Time 3 h 23 min Speed 4 km/h Min altitude 1343 m Peak 2249 m Climb 1101 m Descent 1052 m (0) February 26, 2017 Jacqui Our plan for today had been to skin up the Col de Larry overlooking the Gavarine ski resort, however, Rob Mason (owner of the chalet we are staying at) suggested that visiting the Sougue Plateau and the Col would make a good tour also. Decided...

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Refuge Wallon ski tour

Misty view across to Col de Pouey Laou from valley leading to Wallon Hut Link to detailed route page and map click on route title. Note the second map is for an extension to some lakes above the Refuge which we chose not to do the day we went up due to lack of time (and energy)  Wallon Hut Distance 17 km Time 4 h 7 min Speed 4 km/h Min altitude 1468 m Peak 1854 m Climb 751 m Descent 747 m (0) February 24, 2017 Jacqui   Les Lacs Cambales Distance 12 km Time 2 h 56 min Speed 4...

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X-C Skiing take 2 (Val D’Azun)

View from Col d’Bazes across the route towards Col de Cantau Link to detailed route page and map click on route title  Col de Cantu Distance 18 km Time 4 h 34 min Speed 4 km/h Min altitude 1366 m Peak 1542 m Climb 898 m Descent 600 m (0) February 23, 2017 Jacqui Went back to Val D’Azun as the best place currently for X-C given the snow conditions and warm temperatures. Decided to head out a bit earlier which was a good call. The first 45 min were hard work as the snow had not softened up but...

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Tour to Refuge Oulettes de Gaube

The Refuge Link to detailed route page and map click on route title  Refuge Oulettes du Goude Distance 17 km Time 4 h 18 min Speed 4 km/h Min altitude 1431 m Peak 2176 m Climb 949 m Descent 921 m (0) February 21, 2017 Jacqui We started from Pont D’Espagne and had a lovely climb c. 235m up the shoulder of a river valley through a beautiful pine forest. The path meandered up and down round trees and granite blocks and was a lovely start to the day. Gaube lake was frozen and so we were able to skin...

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