Steep Ascent Either Leads to…

…more steep ascents around the bend, or better, magnificent vistas!

Still in France on the Napoleon Route of the El Camino, we continued our ascent into the Pyrenees from Huntto to Orisson.  Glad we took our coffee break in Huntto because we immediately encountered some really steep and muddy switchbacks!  Literature warns us, “it’s best to maintain a reasonable rhythm and not rush”.  Not a problem!!  Thankfully, the overcast skies were kind to us.

In France, the route from St Jean Pied de Port is part of the long-distance GR65 footpath, and is marked by the red and white flash of the GR network. Often the flash colors are simply painted on a rock along the way.


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