bordermarkers of the
Pyrenees : the GRPdesBF principles
|First we need to do some work on definition
and statement. What is the GRPdesBF all about? For whom is it meant?
And in what sense differs it from other coast-to-coast-trails
the GR10, GR11 and HRP?
The GRPdesBF connects all esfr-bordermarkers and is divided in a main route and the variants.
The main route provides a smooth on-going trail along the border
The main route is meant for
those who enjoy the idea of following the borderline without the wish
to find each and every bordermarker. If a bordermarker is within short distance (max 100m) of
the main route and easily accessible, it's considered to be part of it.
In this way you will cover ± 60% of all esfr-bordermarkers.
The variants give access to the remaining - more remote - bordermarkers
who want to find and
photograph all bordermarkers (and I hope you do!) can incorporate these
variants into the main route. They might be (much) more
challenging than the main route in crossing rough terrain and
finding your way.
The GRPdesBF is a trail in bivouac-style
trails like the GR10,
GR11 and HRP, this trail is not subdivided in daytrips from one camping
to the next refuge or likewise. You should be able to carry a full
backpack in mountainous terrain and to camp/bivouac wherever
is possible. Is this too tough for you? Well, never mind,
then compose your own GRPdesBF-itinerary with the help of this site. Do as
you like and enjoy.
The GRPdesBF makes no compromises
is not true, every
trail-designer has to make choices and therefore compromises. But in
the GRPdesBF there's no attempt to include touristic or natural
highlights in the trail. It's design is in the first place
connecting the bordermarkers. Is that a disadvantage? No, the
Pyrenees are splendid everywhere. Moreover, the GRPdesBF will take you to remote parts, many times off the beaten tracks.
The GRPdesBF is not way-marked
Far too much work & maintenance & organisation. Whenever
available, existing way-marking will be mentioned. But you will depend
primarily on the maps and directions on this website.
The GRPdesBF is free
you need for finding your way along the GRPdesBF, will be available on
this website. You don't have to buy a guidebook or Gps. By
printing maps via the online free mapping websites mentioned, you might
even save some euro's on maps. Using a Gps however takes advantage of all the
gps-data on this website.
The GRPdesBF is at your own risk
This is self-evident as it is for every GR. A lot of the trail is high
on the borderridge, making you vulnerable in bad weather. Know your
position and your escape-routes. Be aware that certain
parts of the GRPdesBF might involve involuntary trespassing
property. But usually no one will notice, let alone care.
In general: mountain-walking can be dangerous, take care! My
basic rules: stay dry & warm & hydrated, don't get hurt or lost.