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gunwharfman

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My next Pyrenees hike.
« on: 14:18:55, 22/07/18 »
I've had an 'Ileotibial Band Syndrome' injury,  for some months and have only been able to walk for short stretches this year. I am now fully healed, so with no further difficuluties so I've booked myself a 14 day hike in August.

I'm flying to Biarritz, catching the train (or bus) to Hendaye and will camp there the night. The next day, leaving early, I will then stroll into Spain and start to walk on the GR11 for a few days. I will eventually get to Auritz. Once there I plan to turn left to Roncesvalles and then hike GR65 Route Napoleon track to St. John Pied du Port.

From there I then plan to hike, east to west, back to Hendaye via the GR10.

I've found out from personal experience that to book a fixed return date might be problematic for me? Trying to make a sensible estimate about how many days my walk will actually take me is not one of my skills, but I'm hoping I'm not far out.

I'm also going to take a chance that I can get my Exos 40L onto the plane as hand luggage? Easyjet state a 46cm length, my rucksack length is 47cm. The other dimensions are fine. I'm either going to succeed, or I will have to cough up extra money!

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #1 on: 14:51:05, 22/07/18 »
If you take walking poles then make sure that they fit inside your bag or pretend you use them to help you walk about.
I got a lightweight cover bag ( Highlander make) zipped the whole backpack inside it and put it in the hold as it seemed just too much hassle getting things through security. I later used that bag when I got my rucksack transported ahead of me when my leg was giving me gip as I had a padlock for it.
Great route by the way.

There is a good you tube on a St Jean to Hendaye connector route.

After I did the Camino Frances last year I thought that was it for me. But I find that  I'm tempted to go again, but doing it slightly differently. Walking down from Biarritz  to Pamplona on the Voie Baztan. The infrastructure for hikers is so superior to anything on offer in the UK.
Have fun on the route Napoleon that is a long downhill.
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gunwharfman

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #2 on: 16:54:03, 22/07/18 »
Thanks, I'm looking forward to it. I have just found a site with maps (https://travesiapirenaica.com) which to date, is the best I've come across.

I'm also keeping open the option with my wife, that if I feel good enough, mentally and physically, when I get to Auritz I just might make the decision to keep going on the GR11 to Andorra at least? I think its unlikely but I will think seriously about this option en route. I know I'll lose my Biarritz flight home money, but as she said "its only money, you're 73, you're semi-retired, what else are you going to spend it on?"

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #3 on: 19:24:05, 22/07/18 »
In the long ago history of my youth I went up over the Pyrenees to Andorra via the Seo de Urgell. It was amazing  but very difficult in places , it involved a few scrambles where the path had either disappeared through either land movement  or human intervention to stop the smugglers.

I came home to watch us win the world cup.
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gunwharfman

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #4 on: 20:47:39, 22/07/18 »
Cor, that was a while ago! I too was in Europe when we won the world cup. I remember in particular being in Geneva when England played France and we won 2-0. I think my memory is correct about this. My friend and I watched it on a TV behind a shop window, no sound and just in black and white. There were a group of other lads from different countries standing around us as well. When England scored its second goal we had to get away from there fast. A few of the lads got nasty and wanted to do us over! We escaped without injury.

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #5 on: 10:45:28, 23/07/18 »
And I was on a train for Paris, returning from Chamonix. We were sitting in a cramped group in the corridor of the train by the toilet, listening to the match on a transistor radio. My previous night's actual sleep, I was tied to a piton on a narrow ledge high on the Aiguille de Peigne, over 9000ft. It had been a bit of a rush to make our train to catch the ferry.

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #6 on: 11:49:26, 23/07/18 »
I went through my equipment yeasterday. I've worked out that I need to buy a new Source Wideneck bladdder and a new hiking shirt and thats all. I am also going to wash my slleping bag, it needs to be done!

Interestingly, when the Brexit vote came in, it was soon after that my wife and I decided to not make any more 'want' purchases and just concentrate on our 'need' purchases. So I've stuck with my PC, phone, TV etc, we've made sure we wear our shoes and clothes out properly, we ignore 'fashion' (as always), never go to the cinema, watch on PC, never buy a newspaper, watch on PC, eat out less, (great way to lose a bit of weight) ignore the 'chains anyway, use our cars less, (easy to do, we thought it would be hard) to plan to get rid of one of our cars, (not achieved yet) no new furniture and fittings, etc, etc. Now its become a way of life and we are happy to do it and are pleasently surprised how much money I can now spend on my next trip, if I want to. Thanks Brexit voters, well for the moment anyway!

I'm in a really good frame of mind today and really enjoyed my morning 'medication', a cup of coffee and a custard tart, sitting in our cool conservatory. By this afternoon it will be like an oven! I'm an expert, I can assure you the Tesco custard tarts are the best and the best Porridge is Sainsbury's own brand. Good to be alive!

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #7 on: 12:19:26, 04/08/18 »
I'm going to try something a bit different on this trip. I'm taking my poncho and going to leave my Marmot Precip (it leaks at the hood part anyway) and my rain skirt at home. I'll take my very lightweight running jacket as my wind jacket. I'm saving about 1oz in weight!

I find that Google steet map is so very useful. I know from experience that finding the start of a walk can sometimes be problematic when trying to get going whilst still in an urban area. I've just 'walked' on screen, from my first campsite in Hendaye, France, across a bridge into Irun in Spain and I then carried on 'walking' to where the GR11 route crosses the motorway. I can even see my first white/red flash paint marks to guide me.

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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #8 on: 13:02:03, 04/08/18 »
Have a great time. I am so jealous.
I am planning to walk a modified Baztan camino from Biarritz to Pamplona next year. 
So much work to do on ghe house thus year while I am supple enough to do it.
Again have a wonderful time and watch out for the chiens mechants :)
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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #9 on: 14:19:18, 04/08/18 »
You don't want to be mucking about down the end of the Pyrenees.  Head for the Haute Garonne, Ariege, Haute Pyrenees area.  Loads of linear and circular routes on and around the GRs. Walks to above 3000m are possible. Have a look at the area near Bagneres du Luchon as a base for example. There are train and bus links from Toulouse, Pau or Lourdes airports.
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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #10 on: 22:38:07, 10/08/18 »
Gunwharfman - if you're roaming around the Pyrenees and southern France at the moment can you let us know you're okay?  (I know you like to "stay connected" with all your gadgets!) 


I'm reading some awful stories about fierce storms and flash flooding in southern France over the last couple of days.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45134715



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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #11 on: 07:43:13, 11/08/18 »
Gunwharfman - if you're roaming around the Pyrenees and southern France at the moment can you let us know you're okay?  (I know you like to "stay connected" with all your gadgets!) 


I'm reading some awful stories about fierce storms and flash flooding in southern France over the last couple of days.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45134715






Mel, You need to mug up on French geography. The SW Pyrenees are roughly the distance from London to Newcastle away from the floods.
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Re: My next Pyrenees hike.
« Reply #12 on: 08:46:17, 11/08/18 »
Let's hope it's isolated to that area then.

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