Pic Montgarie from Col de la Core

It was a scorching hot day and Lee and Suze picked us up from the bridge in Seix and took us up to Col de le Core. The initial plan was a walk and catchup with a dip in a lake. The GR10 took us up to Etang d’Ayes which is a great swimming spot in a beautiful lake, but we continued up towards Pic Montgarie via Etang Bellonguere (a somewhat muddy pond full of tadpoles). Snow still lingered in sheltered spots on the route up before the scramble to the top which gave magnificent views of Valier. We were fortunate enough to get some close up views of a bearded vulture soaring above and below us.

The descent took us over Col de Roc Plat and down to Cabane d’Eychelle and a refreshing dip in the Etang below and a hot descent back to the car.

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