The GR10 Trail - Guía de senderismo / montañismo / trekking

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The GR10 Trail. Through the French Pyrenees.
Ruta GR10. A través de los Pirineos Franceses.
Idioma: INGLÉS.
De costa a costa a través de los Pirineos Franceses. Guía de Trekking.
Autor: Paul Lucia.
1ª edición.
1 Noviembre 2004.
224 páginas.
50 mapas, 59 fotos.
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5 cm.
Seasons: Early June through to the end of September, although care should be taken over high passes early in season. High season July and August.Centres: Various centres along the route offer good facilities. St Jean-Pied-de-Port, St Engrace, Cauterets, Bagneres-de-Luchon, Fos, Siex, Vicdessos, Arrles-sur-Tech, Banyuls-sur-Mer.
Difficulty: Trekking the GR10 coast to coast, with its 49,000m of ascent and descent, the vagaries of the weather, navigation difficulties and replenishment of supplies and water is a serious undertaking. For those properly equipped and prepared, it is a superb mountain expedition. A tent is not required.Must See: Pic du Midi d?Ossau, the Vignemale North Face, the sheer unrivalled beauty and charm of the scenery, and the hospitable pastoral villages nestling in the hillsides. Further Reading This classic long-distance walk across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean takes a lower route than the more arduous Pyrenean High Route. Nevertheless it passes through striking mountain country and gorge scenery. The easy ascent of the Pic du Midi d''Ossau is described as an excursion. The route takes about 50 days to complete, but the author divides it into sections conveniently tackled in a fortnight''s holiday, with details of accommodation and transport.

There is invaluable practical information for British walkers visiting France for the first time.

The GR10 is one of a number of official long-distance paths (Grandes Randonnées) in France. The GR system is very extensive and some 25,000+ miles (40,250+km) of footpath have been designated and waymarked. Each GR route has been allocated a number. The GR10 runs from Hendaye on the west coast through the mountains of the Pays Basque, Béarn and Hautes Pyrénées to Luchon. From here it continues generally in an easterly direction to pass the sparsely populated Ariège, then across the Pyrénées Orientales to end on the Mediterranean coast at Banyuls-sur-Mer. The total distance is some 538 miles (866km).