Arale You are flirting with an altitude of m, it ondulates and is a bit technical. This is barely a solution for the bad welcome you get anyhow. His trail journals and pictures are here. Therefore, you have to carry food for a week. State of the Refuges The stone base layer, is what exists today of Carrozzu refuge.

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How do you keep from getting lost? There are other guides to the French trail system — in French, English, and other languages — but none of them match the consistent, concise quality of the FFRP topo-guides. Other great guidebooks, such as Miam-Miam-Dodo , are excellent companions to topo-guides, but they are not substitutes unless they describe routes for which there are no topo-guides.

With even the smallest, lightest French-English-French dictionary , you will soon understand enough to get by. From there, it just keeps getting better. There are some exceptionally well-marked sections of the French sentiers pronounced Sohn-Tee-Ay where you can walk for miles without ever looking at a map.

By the way, the GRs are waymarked in both directions. However, the guides only describe the trails in one direction, generally north to south or east to west. Following that is the guide itself. As you move through the book, you are presented with two facing pages. On the left hand page is a section of an IGN , scale topographical map with the trail clearly highlighted with a red line. Additionally there are numbered waypoints with arrows pointing to specific locations that are keyed to the text.

On the opposite page is a detailed description of the twists and turns of the route. James Way. The trail is clearly marked with a red line. This is the actual page from the topo-guide I used in There are several small black circles along the route. These are my markings made with my trusty Parker Jotter to track my progress. These are keyed to the text on the facing page. Depending on how a route winds across the map, this page may be either vertical, as it is here, or horizontal.

This make using a compass much easier. In the lower right is a red scale showing a one kilometer 0. On this map there is a 1 kilometer black grid overlay. Whenever possible, the FFRP uses these grids, which are helpful in estimating distances. Each map page of a topo-guide shows an area of about 7 x 10 kilometers roughly 4 x 6 miles. They also indicate elevation. Each of the squiggly orange lines is at the same elevation, showing the contour of the land.

These are drawn at 30 meter foot increments. Closely packed lines indicate steep terrain. The final stretch to Navarrenx is flat. The time and distance in this case, from Sauvelade to Navarrenx are to the right of the bar. In most cases, the FFRP assumes about 4 kilometers 2. Your mileage and pace will vary depending on various factors. I frequently stop to take pictures, talk to someone, have a snack, etc.

When all is said and done, a 25 mile day takes 10 hours, or so. Some trail sections, as well as some alternate routes, are not GR trails. They might be regional GRP yellow over red trails, for example. If so, the icon would show that. The symbols are all defined in the introductory pages.

Next, in blue type, is a brief paragraph about the highlights and history of Sauvelade, the starting point. Then comes a point to point description of the trail, with notes about directions, landmarks, topography, distances, and road surfaces.

There are actually 4 waypoints on this page. The first one is Sauvelade, number 71 , which we would have reached on the previous page. Memo to legal eagles: these are just my opinions, and come without representation or warranty of any kind. Now, back to our regularly scheduled website.


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