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- 17 august 2011 -
Trailrunning the‭  ‬GR10

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Summary: part of a 3-weeks trip to the Pyrénées to 'do' the ± 60 remaining bordermarkers. All done as daytrips from campings.

Day 3: a trip to Pic d'Orhy, main target is bm235.

Weather: ‬in the morning full sun and a strong breeze in the mountains,‭ ‬in the afternoon clouds drifting in.
For explanation of the gps-coordinates and other cartographic backgrounds:
see my cartography page

En route‭ (‬±‭)‬:‭ ‬10.45-‭ ‬16.00‭ (‬5.15h‭)

According to the gps-tripteller:‭
‬Distance:‭  ‬10,6‭ ‬km
Cum.‭ ‬elevation gain‭ ‬:‭ ‬987m
Total elevation:‭ ‬1974
Maximum height: 2014‭ ‬m
Time:‭ ‬5.16h‭

According to visugpx

‬-‭ ‬distance‭ ‬:‭ ‬9,7‭ ‬km‭
‬-‭ ‬cum.‭ ‬elevation gain‭ ‬:‭ ‬893m‭
‬-‭ ‬cum.‭ ‬elevation loss‭ ‬:899‭ ‬m‭
‬-‭ ‬total elevation:‭  ‬1792m‭

‬-‭ ‬altitude maxi‭ ‬:‭ ‬2002m‭
‬-‭ ‬altitude mini‭ ‬:‭ ‬1135m‭
‬-‭ ‬altitude average‭ ‬:‭ ‬1649m
‭ ‬It takes me almost‭ ‬2‭ ‬hours to drive from my basecamp in St-Étienne-de-Baïgorry via remote mountain roads to Iraty and to my starting point near Cayolar d‭’‬Ibarondous.

I climb the ridge as I did on 1 june 2009,‭ ‬higher up there‭’‬s a trail leading  to the Pic of Zazpigain.‭ ‬

A view to the west.
Finding bm235‭ ‬is not difficult with Charles Darrieu‭’‬s waypoint.‭

View SE to Pic d'Orhy.

Zoom-in of the previous picture, the bm hidden by the cairn.

Bm235, now with some chalking.
Bm235, seen from its back and looking to the summit of Zazpagian.
Then this view down the ravine/stream which is the borderline leading to bm234bis.
And - looking S - this is a sort op pass, where the ravine begins. One would expect bm235 at this point - the IGN-map says it's here - and that 's where I did an intensive search in 2009.

But - as you can see on this Google Earth-image - bm235 is in fact ± 150m to the NW and off the (yellow) borderline.
Then climbing further to Pic d‭’‬Orhy to make some pictures in this clear sky and for a second‭ ‬-‭ ‬halfheartedly‭ ‬-‭ ‬search for bm236.‭ ‬I know‭ ‬that the Darrieu‭’‬s and Robert Darrieumerlou have searched the ridge thoroughly but in vain.

This picture: looking back at the ridge

This is a zoom-in

On the ridge of Pic d'Orhy, it‭’‬s busy with walkers on this fine and clear summerday.

The Pic d‭’‬Orhy is more or less a horizontal ridge with‭ ‬3‭ ‬mini-pics on it as this picture show.

‭ ‬On the nothern one stands this geodetic pillar,
‭ ‬on the southern one this metal pole.‭ ‬

The IGN-maps locate the‭  ‬-‭ ‬disappeared‭ ‬-‭ ‬bm between the middle pic and the southern one.‭

There‭’‬s a slight height difference between the‭ ‬3‭ ‬pics‭ (‬according to my gps‭)‬.: from N to S:‭ ‬2010m‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011m‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012m.

‭ ‬So the southern one should be considered as the real Pic d‭’‬Orhy.
I return via a more direct descent in NW-direction
to the ravine/stream‭ (the borderline‭) ‬until the point where the French dirtroad - coming from the N - ends.‭ ‬

This picture: looking up the ravine.

Here I meet a French trailrunner who tells with passion‭ ‬about her dream:‭ ‬trailrunning the GR10‭ ‬in‭ ‬„semi-autonome‭“‬ style.‭ ‬

She - Marie Carty - is a vedette in this region.‭ I read somewhere on the internet: "En féminines, la spécialiste basque Marie Carty est intouchable". She's unbeatable.

Then I descend along the stream (largely dry now), ‬changing from the bed to the left or right bank,whatever suits best, ‬
until bm234bis at the N-bank, close to where the stream merges with a river.

‭ ‬That‭’‬s about‭ 1.2 ‬km downwards from the French dirt road and easier to walk then I thought.
Then following the river to the left for  about 125m to where a stream (dry now) at your right, descends from  above and merges with the river.

Bm234 is high above this confluence at its NA-angle. Climbing to it can be best done via the dry bed of the stream.
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Bm234, looking down to the river.

I go back to bm234bis. From the junction of the‭ ‬‭ ‬stream and river,‭ ‬I go a bit upstream the river until the N-slope becomes less steep.‭ ‬

Then climbing the hillside in NE-direction‭ ‬-‭ ‬crossing one or two forestroads‭ ‬-‭ ‬until you reach this distinct dirtroad which brings you to Cayolar d‭’‬Ibarondous where I started.

On my way home to the camping in St-Étienne-de-Baïgorry, I visit Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. 

Once - in 1997 - my starting point for a pilgrimage to Santiago-de-Compostella.
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