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Emmanuel
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In the mountains

Eye's pleasure, the taste of the effort, self-forgetfulness. Leisure rides, especially in the Pyrenees, Bearn and its valleys : Aspe, Ossau Barétous, also Spain, elsewhere ... wander these mountains where we look for inner peace, sharing moments, surprising meetings in the heart of the still sometimes wild nature !

From St Jean to St Jean

From St Jean to St Jean

Cloudy, basque and mountainous cross-border road trip to the ocean, between St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and St-Jean-de-Luz, passing by the Col of Ispeguy (620m).

Pic d'Ayous bivouac

Pic d'Ayous bivouac

A rare moment that this night spent at over 2200m altitude, facing the peak of the Midi d'Ossau, above the lakes of Ayous.

Climb to col d'Ayous

Climb to col d'Ayous

Starting after Urdos in Apse valley, climbing to the col d'Ayous, passing by the refuge of Larry in the Parc National des Pyrénées, meeting sheep, horses, and even a frog!

Navarra Clouds

Navarra Clouds

Spanish improvisation on a section of the GR12, in search of the sun across the border. Caught up by the clouds, the stroll gave material for a bit unreal pictures ...

Near Arrioutort

Near Arrioutort

Small ossaloise walk on the heights of Laruns above the caban of Arritoutort, on the slopes of the peak of the Montagnon d'Iseye.

To the Anglas Lake

To the Anglas Lake

Meet the clouds, shadows and spirits of the mountain with the occasional iPhone, in the ascent from Gourette (1350m) towards the lake of Anglas (2068m) and its abandoned iron...

Gourette in the clouds

Gourette in the clouds

An end of summer day in Gourette in a very special atmosphere, off-season, where architecture, winter sports, pastoralism telescopes in a surreal shift.

Above Etsaut

Above Etsaut

Little climb on the heights of Etsaut in valley of Aspe, up to the Col of Rédo, with a distance sight on the Fort of Portalet or on the Maison of Parc National des Pyrénées,...

Bearnese cows transhumance

Bearnese cows transhumance

Transhumance of Bearnese cows of the agricultural high school of Soeix, with a departure from Sarrance in valley of Aspe, up to the huts of Salies on the plateau of...

Oô Lake

Oô Lake

Small climb for a nice walk from the Granges d'Astau (1139m), near after the famous Col de Peyresourde, before Bagnères de Luchon in the Hautes-Pyrenees, to Lake Oô (1504m)...

Above Sarrance

Above Sarrance

Climb from Sarrance in valley of Aspe, to the cabans of Salies on the plateau of Poursiouques at the foot of the wood of Aran, passing by the col de Dut.

The Poey

The Poey

Short stroll to the top of the Poey, belvedere on the valley of Bedous above the village of Accous. At its feet passes the path of St-Jacques de Compostelle, the Camino, with...

Bruges and Mifaget

Bruges and Mifaget

Small Sunday outing between the villages of Bruges and Mifaget, on the foothills of the Ossau valley in the Pyrenees. Beautiful lights and also the encounter with a new born...

Hautacam

Hautacam

After climbing the Col de Tramassel (14.5km, average 8%), regularly taken by the Tour de France cyclist for an arrival at Hautacam ski resort, to find snow. But snowshoes...

Charity Walk

Charity Walk

Mud and panoramic landscapes in the pyrenean valley of Barétous. Starting from the former St Pée school in Oloron Sainte-Maire, a 10km loop for the thirty participants in...

Spanish Belvedere

Spanish Belvedere

Starting from the busy Ayanet ski resort in Formigal, Spanish Pyrenees, climbing in snow shoes above the crowd by the Culivillas vallon up to Punta Espelunciecha (2396m) that...

Cirque of Anéou

Cirque of Anéou

Shades of whites, blues, silhouettes in the menu of the harvest of this splendid snowshoe walk, a crossing of the Cirque d'Anéou to the peak of Canaourouye (2347m) at the...

Mountains in the heart of winter.

Mountains in the heart of winter.

Welcome to this long winter walk around the Rey mountain at the entrance of the Ossau valley. From misty landscapes to snowy plateaus, the mossed trees create a succession of...

Mustayou Souturou Biscacou !

Mustayou Souturou Biscacou !

Walk starting in Sarrance (314m) in Aspe valley to reach the summits of the Mustayou (1206m) Souturou (1183m) Biscacou (1168m), on paths still warm of fire cleaning the day...

Gentiane Peak

Gentiane Peak

Between the hamlet of Goust (850m) and the peak of Montagnon d'iseye, passing by the col of Besse, is the peak of the Gentiane which, from its 1713m of altitude, offers a...

The Green Mountain

The Green Mountain

A walk around the Montagne Verte (the Green Mountain), on the heights of Laruns in the heart of the Ossau valley. From Béost (522m) towards Mount Lazive (1445m) through the...

Cloudy burning in the mountains

Cloudy burning in the mountains

A strange phenomenon observed this afternoon at the entrance of the valley of Ossau in the Pyrenees ... an ecobuage with hiroshimeque forms near the villages of Aste-Béon and...

At peak Baïgura

At peak Baïgura

Hiking to Mount Baïgura (897m), in Basque country, a pretty climb starting from Hélette, up to Laina peak at 866m. A great opportunity to appreciate the birds and paragliers...

Paragliders in Basque country

Paragliders in Basque country

Looking at paragliders above us during our mountain trail at Baigura Peak in Basque Country, making pictures full of sky and sun.

Snowy Gavarnie

Snowy Gavarnie

Little walk on snowshoe on the side of the circus of Gavarnie, starting from the Granges de Holle in direction of the peak of Lary, up to the plateau of Peyrenère at about...

The grotto of La Verna

The grotto of La Verna

Guided visit of the Grotto of La Verna in Sainte-Engrâce during the day in the valley of Barétous organized for their partners by the tourist offices of Haut Béarn.

A day in Barétous

A day in Barétous

The Tourist Offices of the Haut Béarn organize for their partners 3 discovery days of tourist attractions in valley of Aspe, Barétous and Oloron-Sainte-Marie. For this second...

Ermita de la  Virgen de la Peña

Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña

Another day with beautiful autumn colours, this time in Aragon, Spain, to the south-east of Jaca, near Santa Cilia, the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña is a small hermitage on...

La Mujer Muerta

La Mujer Muerta

Hike at the end of Aspe valley, starting in Sansanet parking, appreciate the last beautiful colors of Autumn, later cross the Spain border to go up to the peak of Cutchet de...

Autumn mounts

Autumn mounts

Little walk up in the mounts above Oloron-Sainte-Marie, to enjoy the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in a soft automnal light... Discover the Forêt de Buguangue, up to...

Le patrimoine industriel de la vallée d'Ouzom

Le patrimoine industriel de la vallée d'Ouzom

Discovery of the industrial heritage of the Valley Ouzom, hydroelectric plants, the ruins of forges Arthez d'Asson dating from the seventeenth century, during the Month of...

By Arthez d'Asson

By Arthez d'Asson

Some pictures from the village of Arthez d'Asson in the Ouzom Valley, with the passing of a transhumance.

Arlas Peak

Arlas Peak

Altitude sandwich break. Starting at the Pierre-Saint-Martin pass for a short walk, 1h to the top of the peak of Arlas at 2044m, on the heights of the ski resort, with the...

Visaurin Peak, 2670m

Visaurin Peak, 2670m

Some climbing, but so many rewards during this long hike to the top of Visaurin in the Aragonese Pyrenees. Rare views, even grandiose, due to a variety of lights, colors,...

The Mountain

The Mountain

Place of inspiration and breathing, the mountains, the Pyrenees in most of these cases, is a territory of endless researches, together intimate and universal. Nature is at...

La Peña Collarada, 2886m

La Peña Collarada, 2886m

Long but spectacular climb up to the 2886m of the Peña Collarada on the other side of the frontier. Above Villañua, it's an iconic peak overlooking the Canfranc valley and...

From pic Labigouer to col de Saoubathou

From pic Labigouer to col de Saoubathou

Starting plateau de Lhers, climbing up to pic Labigouer (2175m) ; from there, appreciate the panoramic view on the peaks reached or approached : pic of Midi d'Ossau, Pic of...

Lac de Lhurs et Table des Trois Rois

Lac de Lhurs et Table des Trois Rois

After the Three Crows, hike on the slopes of the Three Kings' Table, starting above Lescun (1000m), targeting the lake of Lhurs (1691m). Afeter a short bath, reaching the...

Three Crowns Peak

Three Crowns Peak

Overlooking the Basque coast like its neighbor La Rhune, the peak of Three Crowns is noticeable from afar to its characteristic silhouette. Two peaks are easily accessible...

Pic d'Artzamendi

Pic d'Artzamendi

Walk on both sides of the Franco-Spanish border in the Basque Country, from Bidarray through the passes of Espalza, Artzatey, Méhatché, des Veaux, reaching the peak...

Pic d'Orrhy and sea of clouds

Pic d'Orrhy and sea of clouds

Family hike between the Basque Country and Navarra, following the border between France and Spain, from the Port of Laurrau (1575m) to the summit of the pic d'Orrhy (2017m),...

Le Pic des Tourelles

Le Pic des Tourelles

Pic des Tourelles, the sculptural beauty of eroded rocks. Starting from the col de Bouésou, a 1100 vertical drop to reach the summit (2038m) and its beautiful view of the...

Mailh Massibé peak

Mailh Massibé peak

1100m climbing to reach the 1973m of Mailh Massibé pzak, located between Aspe and Ossau valleys. First encounter also with edelweisses...

Above Elizondo, Navarra

Above Elizondo, Navarra

Monochrome easy hiking in the Spanish Basque country, on the GR11, near Elizondo in Navarra.

The hermitages of Yebra de Basa

The hermitages of Yebra de Basa

Back in Aragon from Yebra de Basa (880m) on the way to Tozial de Oturia peak. Hike that begins under the sign of Zorro, but mostly leads us along the hermitages built into...

Turlet Peak

Turlet Peak

Snowy hike above Plateau de Lhers, facing Lescun, up to Turlet peak (1689m) through the Col de Barrancq on the heights of Borce and Etsaut in Aspe valley.

Snowy Aydius

Snowy Aydius

Another visit to the picturesque village of Aydius on the edge of the Aspe valley, to come and enjoy the contrasts born from the meeting of the snow and of the stone of...

Around Lescun

Around Lescun

Peripheral vision on the village of Lescun in its circus, on the heights of Aspe valley in the Pyrenees mountains.

Le Rocher d’Aran et le Pic de l’Ourlenotte

Le Rocher d’Aran et le Pic de l’Ourlenotte

Little hike between 1000 and 1806 m above the plateau du Bénou and the col de Marie-Blanque, from the Carrière of Artigasse's to climb admire the Pyrenees from the Rocher d...

Peña de Oroel, Jaca

Peña de Oroel, Jaca

Hike on the Peña de Oroel (1769m), the mountain overlooking the city of Jaca, located at the entrance of the valley where the Aragaon river comes down from the Pyrenees...

Lac du Montagnon-Iseye

Lac du Montagnon-Iseye

Climbing 1000 to 2000m, from Aydius, with Pic de Lasnères as target via the col of the Taillandère, but because of weather and improvisation, ending up at the Montagnon...



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