Pyrenees Trip Report - day 6

A misty start through another winter resort, Astun, looking for all the world like a capitalist version of a Nepalese temple.

Even this leviathan had some of its concrete washed away by the rain, its gonna be an incredible relic one day.

We trot up to a sweet little lake, eat our Madeira cake hoarded from breakfast, and then a bit more up to the Col des Moines, where we get our first glimpse of the the Pic du Midi d' Ossau.  Its pure high altitude drama, the wind hits us as we get over the col but its the mountain ahead that takes our breath away.  There's a perfect plain with grazing animals immediately below.  We go down and say hallo.

We decide on the Ayous variante, up and around to see the north west face of the Pic, and it's a lovely series of lakes, very pretty, but also very busy - keep forgetting its the weekend, in the summer.  Cows and eagles grazing, families and scout groups too. 

Stop for our lunch near the refuge, but rather than retrace our steps we go down into the valley following the GR10 for a mile or 3.  Its busy here too, but only till the day trippers leave, then the valley empties out, as we walk with the the shadow of the Pic on our left, hoping to scout out our entry point for Pombie tomorrow, and find a place to camp.

We find both, and a little gorge to wash ourselves and our clothes.  A flock of sheep, a eagle goes to roost, a small kestrel persistently hovers and dives, and just before bed, some nosy wild pigs - it feels like a perfect wild camp, with plenty of animals keeping us company, but no other humans!