Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Pyrenean Haute Route 2012 a.k.a. from coast to coast in 36 days

I'm finally back! I can't believe it's been two months since my last post, but hey, a 36-day coast-to-coast hike plus two extra weeks of holiday and some recovery time afterwards took their toll. Unfortunately, I have to disappoint those anxiously awaiting my report - I wrote in Czech this time. You can always use the translator, though, I hear it's getting better :) I'm working on the report right now and hopefully will start publishing it on my Czech blog soon.

In the meantime, this post is to provide some basic info about the challenge I've been through and to let people know where to find the photos (some of which are really gorgeous). You'll find them all in my usual Picasa gallery (links inside the post).


As for the walk itself, here's some basic info:

Pyrenean High-Level Route / Haute Route Pyrenean (HRP)
Length: 800 km, total elevation 40.000m
Start/Finish: Hendaye, Atlantic Ocean / Banyuls-sur-Mer, Mediterranean Sea

My walking time: 36 days

There are three different coast-to-coast routes across the Pyrenees. The GR10 and GR11 are the two official trails that follow the border on the French and Spanish sides, respectively, they are well marked, but, most importantly, they stick to lower altitudes and call at towns at villages all the time.

The HRP, on the other hand, is an unofficial route with the sole purpose to stay as close to the ridges as possible. It crosses the border many times on its pursuit of the highest possible altitudes, and it's the toughest, but also the most beautiful, scenic and rewarding walk the Pyrenees can offer. An unforgettable experience.

Ok, enough reading, here's a little something to please the eye:
Pyrenees in 36 days - Part 1 (the Basque country)
Part 2 - The first 2000 summit and much more!
Part 3 - Central Pyrenees
Part 4 - More Pyrenees
Part 5 - Wanna see a mountain walker's diet?
Part 6 - My beloved boots are no more (sniff)
Part 7 - Mediterranean, the hot and long awaited triumph

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