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About this book
About this book
The Pyrenean High Level Route takes the highest possible route through the centre of the Pyrenees, crossing the French/Spanish border many times. It is probably the most beautiful, spectacular and challenging walk in the Pyrenees, and this new guide from Ton Joosten breaks the unwaymarked 800km route into 42 stages in five groups.
Contents Preface Introduction When to go How to get there Essential things to take Food and water Maps Maps and profiles in this book Insurance Spending the night in the Pyrenean mountains Note on the weather Grading of walks Ten classic summits Three 'consolation walks' Rules for walkers in the Pyrenees Mountain safety and first aid National parks Wildlife and flowers The Pyrenean Haute Route Section 1: Hendaye to Lescun Day 1: Hendaye to Col de Lizuniaga Day 2: Col de Lizuniaga to Arizkun Day 3: Arizkun to Les Aldudes Day 4: Les Aldudes to Roncevalles Day 5: Roncevalles to Egurgui Day 6: Egurgui to Col Bagargui Day 7: Col Bagargui to Refugio de Belagua Variant: Col Bagargui to Ardanne via Larrau and the Col de Jauregeberri Day 8: Refugio de Belagua to Lescun Section 2: Lescun to Gavarnie Day 9: Lescun to Refuge d'Arlet Day 10: Refuge d'Arlet to Candanchu Day 11: Candanchu to Refuge de Pombie An easy summit: Pic d'Ayous (2288m) Day 12: Refuge de Pombie to Refuge de Larribet Day 13: Refuge de Larribet to Refuge Wallon Variant: Refuge d'Arremoulit to Refuge Wallon Ten classic summits - 1: Grande Fache (3005m) from Refuge Wallon Day 14: Refuge Wallon to Refuge de Baysellance Ten classic summits - 2: The Vignemale (3298m) from the Refuge de Baysellance Day 15: Refuge de Baysellance to Gavarnie Ten classic summits - 3: Le Taillon (3144m) from Gavarnie Section 3: Gavarnie to Salardu Day 16: Gavarnie to Heas Ten classic summits - 4: Pimene (2801m) from Refuge des Espuguettes Day 17: Heas to Parzan Day 18: Parzan to Refugio de Viados Day 19: Refugio de Viados to Refuge de la Soula Day 20: Refuge de la Soula to Refuge du Portillon Ten classic summits - 5: Pic Perdiguere (3222m) from Refuge du Portillon Day 21: Refuge du Portillon to Refugio de la Renclusa Ten classic summits - 6: Pico de Aneto (3404m) from Refugio de la Renclusa Haute Route escape route: from Refugio de la Renclusa to Bagneres-de-Luchon Day 22: Refugio de la Renclusa to Hospital de Vielha Day 23: Hospital de Vielha to Refugi de la Restanca Variant: GR11 from Estany de Rius to Refugi de la Restanca Day 24: Refugi de la Restanca to Salardu Ten classic summits - 7: Montardo d'Aran (2826m) from Coll de Crestada GR11 from Viados to Hospital de Vielha (three-day variant) Section 4: Salardu to l'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre Day 25: Salardu to Alos de Isil Variant: to Alos de Isil via the Montgarri dirt road Day 26: Alos de Isil to Refugi Enric Pujol Ten classic summits - 8: Mont Roig (2868m) from Refugi Enric Puyol Day 27: Refugi Enric Pujol to Refugi de Certascan Ten classic summits - 9: Pic de Certascan (2853m) from Col de Certascan Day 28: Refugi de Certascan to Refugi del Cinquantenari Short-cut: From Coll de Sellente to Estany de Sottlo Day 29: Refugi del Cinquantenari to Etang de la Soucarrane Ten classic summits - 10: Pica d'Estats (3143m) and Montcalm (3077m) from Refugi de Vall Ferrera Day 30: Etang de la Soucarrane to Refugi de Sorteny Day 31: Refugi de Sorteny to Camping d'Incles Day 32: Camping d'Incles to l'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre Section 5: l'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre to Banyuls-sur-Mer Day 33: l'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre to Refuge des Besines Day 34: Refuge des Besines to Barrage des Bouillouses Variant: GR10 avoiding Pic Carlit Consolation walk: From Chalet-Refuge des Bouillouses to Pic Carlit summit Day 35: Barrage des Bouillouses to Eyne Day 36: Eyne to Refugi d'Ull de Ter Day 37: Refugi d'Ull de Ter to Refuge de Mariailles Day 38: Refuge de Mariailles to Mines de Batere Variant: The GR10 from Refuge de Mariailles to Chalet-Refuge des Cortalets Consolation walk: The ascent of Canigou from Cortalets Day 39: Mines de Batere to Amelie-des-Bains Day 40: Amelie-des-Bains to Las Illas Day 41: Las Illas to Col de l'Ouillat Day 42: Col de l'Ouillat to Banyuls-sur-Mer Appendixes Appendix 1: Addresses and internet Appendix 2:Pyrenean words Appendix 3:Facilities list
Ton Joosten grew up in the Netherlands, and in 1986 visited the Pyrenees for the first time. The range captured his imagination, and since then he has returned every year. In the 1990s he made a series of long backpacking expeditions in the Pyrenees and started to write walking guides. This, Ton's sixth guide, is about the long-distance route that he considers to be the most difficult, but also the most rewarding, walk from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea: the Pyrenean Haute Route. Ton has walked all stages of the GR10 (through the French Pyrenees), the GR11 (through the Spanish Pyrenees) and the Haute Route. He has walked every stage of the Haute Route more than once, all the stages in the high mountains at least three times, and has walked all the variants in the guide over the years. To date he has spent over 900 days in the Pyrenees, and the magic isn't over yet!