This blog describes my 24-day traverse of the Pyrenees from Atlantic to Mediterranean, July 2011.
The Pyrenean Haute Route is around 800km with 42,000 metres of ascent.

Map of the route | Schedule

Stages:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 14 - Hospital de Benasque to Estany deth Cap deth Port

14th July 2011

HRP - Day 14

After my `rest day´ at Hospital de Benasque, it was time to get going again on 14th July. I met the Czech folk after about an hour before the climbing started up towards the Coll de Molleres. It was still pretty misty and dank and not easy to follow the route. Luckily just before the col, the mist suddenly enough to see where the col was. The descent down the other side was seriously steep to start with, but quickly backed off to a sea of boulders. The descent was so long and rough that after a while the tendons in my left ankle were screaming in complaint. Eventually I was scarcely moving and just hobbling along, so I needed to stop and tape my ankle.

When I reached the valley floor near Hospital de Vielha, I stuck my foot in the river for 15 minutes, and re-taped the ankle before continuing again. I chatted with a nice French couple who were about to hitch through the tunnel for supplies at Vielha, and they persuaded me to take some ibuprofen and carry on. So I began the next stage in reached the Restance Refuge pretty late, but just walked straight past and made a higher bivouac beside the Estany deth Cap deth Port.


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