Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Walking Pic Carlit from Lac Des Bouillouses Pyrenees 21st September 2011

Walking Pic Carlit from Lac Des Bouillouses, Pyrenees 21st September 2011.

A superb walk in the sunshine climbing Pic Carlit in the Pyrenees on 21st September 2011. The blue skies were only made hazy by the numerous jets high overhead.

Starting from Lac Des Bouillouse, we wound our way through the numerous glacial lakes of the Carlit massif in the Eastern Pyrenees. Although I've travelled by car and rail through the Pyrenees, it's only when you walk in the hills that you get the stupendous views of this wonderful area. The plants are so familiar, with juniper, pine, mountain ash and silver birch reminding me so much of Scotland.

The approach to the mountain is a real pleasure before reaching the hard climbing albeit on a good path. We came off the 'tourist route' before the summit to enjoy some easy scrambling, and rested on top for some time taking in the views.

A wee swim in the lakes on the way back to the Hotel de Bones Hores and a refreshing pint on the terrace. A great end to a great day!

Lakes en route to Pic Carlit.

On the approach to Pic Carlit.

Looking back on lakes from Pic Carlit.

Scramble up to Peak Carlit.

Summit Views from Pic Carlit.

Summit Pic Carlit.

Looking back on Pic Carlit.

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