Day 44: Siguer - Refuge les Clarans

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
Trip End Sep 01, 2010

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Refuge les Clarans

Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The 1200m ascent out of the village was supposed to take 3h15 but we did it in 2h30 at a steady rate without stopping. We had completed it by 10:30 so the sun hadn't got its hold on us yet. Obviously we are at our most fittest first thing, and my feet generally don't hurt when going uphill.

At the top, we walked along grassy ridges in the sunshine and had it all to ourselves (apart from the flying ants). I'm unsure why there was nobody else doing the same walk as us on this fine day. As usual the final descent, through a beech wood (some of the most extensive Beech woods in Europe are in the Pyrénées) was long and steep. I took it slow and my left foot was largely fine, though the right one wasn't. Tomorrow, there is no descent, when my feet really hurt.

The Refuge les Clarans is actually a cabane for three desperate people. In fact, the man we met yesterday at Siguer slept there but was kept awake by mice. That made me feel better after his smug smile when he heard I wasn't keen on heights. Mice didn't matter to us as we were camping next to the refuge. It was situated in a beautiful meadow with steep forested hills all around. After washing in the river "au naturel" in full view of the path, we made a big fire and listened to Queen. It meant that Felix could finally use the saw tool on our penknife: we've got the one that they actually issue to the Swiss Army (or do they say that about all the models?).
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