GR10 - Traversée des Pyrénées

Beschrijving

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  1. Name GR10 - Traversée des Pyrénées (GR10)
  2. Lengte van pad 866 km, 538 mijl
  3. Lengte in dagen 58 dagen
  4. Start van pad Hendaye
  5. Einde van pad Banyuls-sur-Mer
  6. Traildino graad SW, Inspannende wandeling, bergpad
  7. Huttentrektocht graad T2, Bergtocht

GR10, Pyrenees

GR10, Hendaye (Atlantique) - Banyuls-sur-Mer (Mediterranean) through the Pyrenees, 866 km, 7 weeks

Few trails have the magic sound the GR10 has. Crossing the Pyrenees from west to east is a major accomplishment and a life-time experience. The GR20 in Corsica may be the most difficult of the Grand Randonnées; some passages are tricky indeed. The GR10 however, is hard to complete in one go. In the Pyrenees all the valleys are perpendicular to the main ridge, which means you have to go up and down, from one valley to the other. Therefore, thru-hiking the GR10 is hard.

There are those who believe in the Alps and others who believe in the Pyrenees. They rarely agree. The Pyrenees are greener, softer, lonesome, the proponents would advocate. Okay, but you get soaked all summer, the opponents would argue.

The Pyrenees are build from solid granite and some limestone in the west. You will find out yourself when scrambling these large boulders, hurting your knees with too large steps to take. Ice has had a prominent influence - although nowadays barely a glacier is left: many beautifully situated lakes, large and small, ornament the high altitudes.

Another feature are the dense forests the hiker crosses. In them, dead villages are quit common. Once, large populations lived here. But they left. With them sheep flocks and brown bears. Bears have been reintroduced, but with mixed success and support.

Hiking the path is facilitated by the many Gîtes d'Étappe in the small villages. Often, small shops still cater for the necessary provisions. Many cabanes, or bothies, still survive. Do not expect any luxury however, though company from mice is common. Tourism boomed in many parts, especially the Nature Parks, but is completely absent elsewhere.

Note the Pyrenees have many smaller, often circular trails, or variants to the GR10, often no less attractive. Note also that an even harder trail exists: the Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne, following the main ridge. This HRP requires some mountaineering skills and can be undertaken from july onwards. The GR10 is by and large safe. On the Spanish side the GR11 explores some of the better parts of these mountains. The Spanish side gets much less rain. On the other side, the trail here is probably harder than the French side.

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GR 10, 1km
.GR 10 - sec.1, 101km
.GR 10 - sec.2, 101km
.GR 10 - sec.3, 112km
.GR 10 - sec.4, 99km
.GR 10 - sec.5, 104km
.GR 10 - sec.6, 99km
.GR 10 - sec.7, 98km
.La Traversée des Pyrénées - sec.8, 103km
.GR 10 - sec.9, 98km
GR 10.1, 1.4km
GR 10-F, 12km
GR 10 -variante, 20km

Beoordelingen

Beoordeling 8.8 | 4 stemmen | No 12. in Frankrijk
  • dirkpieter Juli 2004
  • Beoordeling 8
  • Positief With my friend I walked from coast tot coast in four parts. We used the GR10 as main route. The trail is very beautiful. Some sections were we came higher and close to the spanish border we changed from Gr10 to the HRP (staying higher in the mountains). Therefor the Gr10 gets an 8 but for 1000km trail that is a very high score.
  • Negatief A lot of grassy parts of the trail - in the often arriving rain not always pleasant. A tough trail!!
  • pc22 September 2008
  • Beoordeling 10
  • Positief This was my first long distance walk abroad (not including the camino Santiago). I went with my tent and wild camped nearly all the route. It took me 27 days...and the weather was fluctuating between sunny mountain days and moderate snow days. It was Just awesome....not just one of the best walks ive ever done but one of the best things ive ever done. Wild and rugged and not crowded....go..enjoy
  • Teun
  • Beoordeling 9
  • Henk Nouws Juni 1980
  • Beoordeling 8
  • Positief The first time in the Pyrenees, I walked about two-thirds of the GR10. In later years I finished the trail. The Pyrenees are green, and not overcrowded. The National Parks attract more people, but then, they are very scenic. When crossing from west to east, there are big differences in culture and landscape.
  • Negatief There is a lot of going up and down involved, because the GR10 in general does not follow the central ridge.
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  • pc22 September 2008
  • One of the greatest walks and things ive evere done......tough tough tough.....I walked it in 27days with full pack (wild camping) and on the cusp between autumn and the start of winter.....I lost 2stone in weight aprox ......but the scenery and t...
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  • Paul 2016-12-01 17:54:41
  • Which size backpack for the GR10?
  • Hi there, Could someone please give me some advice? I'm planning on doing the GR10 starting around July 1st and intend to wild camp and my backpack weight will be about 12kg without food and water (Heavy I know). I'm thinking of taking my Katadyn water filter (300g). Do you think that this is a good idea? Also, I need to buy a new backpack (my current one is over 4kg!) I really like the sound of the Osprey Atmos backpack reviews, and think I would like on of those, but I cannot decide between the Osprey Atmos AG 50 and the Osprey Atmos AG 65. There's 200g between them. I know that lighter is better, but I'm not sure about what capacity I'd need. Do you think that 50 liters would be big enough for a 2 person tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking stuff etc? Many thanks Paul
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