/ Le Chemin de la Liberte - Freedom Trail

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Cash on 29 Nov 2012
I did a solo tab over the Pyrenees at end of August-early Sept this year following this famous WW2 escape route from France into Spain. Had a great 4 day crossing and enjoyed/endured just a wee bit of what the evading Allied troops and escaping civvies must have gone through. Took a 30 litre sac with a light weight doss bag (and bivvy bag for emergencies)and stayed in gites or huts plus one night free of charge in a working shepherd's cabin sipping cheap wine with the host, very cosy if not a bit weird. There were some very tough climbs, a few nav errors and the last day over the frontier into Spain was brutal in zero viz and Baltic weather! I have a homemade itinerary including accomodation details if anyone wants it emailing.
Marcus Tierney - on 29 Nov 2012
In reply to cash: We did this a couple of years ago and it was quite a brutal trip. We stopped in the cabane and managed to get a fire going which helped. We bivvied on the last day before the walk out and it was bitterly cold. I regretted not carrying a sleeping bag with me !
Our trip was written up here.
http://www.abmsac.org.uk/reports.html#2011
Cash on 29 Nov 2012
In reply to Marcus Tierney:
Great report, bought back some good memories. I see you met someone from Derby at the Cabane Subera - must be in the east Midlands blood, I'm from Nottingham! I decided to go all the way into Esterri on the last day but that was with the help of a couple of hitchs.
Marcus Tierney - on 30 Nov 2012
In reply to cash: We walked it in very hot temperatures all the way down the road but the beer was great in Esteri when we got there. I think If I was giving anyone advice about this route i would suggest arranging a taxi from the top of the road! We bivied by the empty new hut. I heard a bear during the night and also thought I heard some kind of wild cat. I did not get much sleep!
JayPee630 - on 30 Nov 2012
In reply to cash:

Would love to get your itinerary, have been wanting to do this walk for ages. Nest year might be the year...

jayparsons630@hotmail.co.uk

Thanks
john arran - on 30 Nov 2012
In reply to cash:

There's a brief itinerary and map included in the new Rockfax climbing guide to Ariège due out next week - http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/france-ariege-2012/

The info comes from my wife Anne, who's taken a number of client groups over different variations of the route in recent years. A little more info on http://www.chezarran.com/activity/walking.html too.
Cash on 30 Nov 2012
In reply to JayPee630:
I'll ping it to you when I get back to work on Monday as it's a on the work pc
cheers
Cash on 30 Nov 2012
In reply to john arran:

thanks John. For those keen to go there is a guide book by Scott Goodall who is an ex-pat who lives in the Ariege. He was very helpful with advice via email. The book is a must to use alongisde the map.
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john arran - on 30 Nov 2012
In reply to cash:

> thanks John. For those keen to go there is a guide book by Scott Goodall who is an ex-pat who lives in the Ariege.

It's called The Freedom Trail: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Freedom-Trail-Following-Pyrenees/dp/0954991001

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