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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 !

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...

Aydius

Aydius

By the end of the day, passing by Aydius, picturesque mountain village near Aspe valley.

Le Pic d'Anie

Le Pic d'Anie

Pic d'Anie, 2504m dominates the western Pyrenees, the Cirque de Lescun, Bearn, Oloron-Sainte-Marie... A great 10h ride, + vertical drop of 1200m from the refuge Labérouat ...

Garmo Negro, 3051m

Garmo Negro, 3051m

Stony climbing starting this 10h hike from Panticosa Banos (1636m), in the Spanish Pyrenees, facing on side the Inferno peaks, with its double grey and white tint, on the...

The Pic des Moines, panoramic views !

The Pic des Moines, panoramic views !

Starting from the Spain frontier at the col du Somport (1632m), climbing directly to the Col of Arnousse at over 2200m altitude, and follow the ridges, meeting a few people,...

From Cette, facing Lescun

From Cette, facing Lescun

Back in Aspe Valley for a walk above the village of Cette, at 700m altitude, from where starts this path, passing through the undergrowth where grow many varieties of...

At the end of Ossau Valley

At the end of Ossau Valley

A little tour at the Cirque of Anéou just before the Spanish border at the Col du Pourtalet, then further down the valley of Ossau, the Caillou de Socques.

Le Chemin de la Mâture

Le Chemin de la Mâture

Mythical trail starting by the Chemin de la Mâture, path carved into a sheer rock, above the Fort du Portalet, for a loop passing by the Col of Arras at 1280m altitude, from...

Du Lac d'Arlet au Pic Rouge

Du Lac d'Arlet au Pic Rouge

On this August 2nd, going to Lac d'Arlet, 1986m, from the hamlet of Aubise, 1156m, up to the foot of the Pic Rouge (2177m), to slide down the slope to the cabane de Lapassa,...

Arrious 2001-2015

Arrious 2001-2015

Almost 15 years later, back to the location of a first Pyrenean experience, looking for a caban that no longer exists, swept away meanwhile by an avalanche ... The travel in...

Pyrenean Heritage

Pyrenean Heritage

July 2 to August 24, 2015 at the Hotel de Region Aquitaine in Bordeaux, 4 photos on display, including 3 of the Fort of Portalet in the exhibition "Pyrenean Heritage".

Col d'Aubisque : Soum de Grum

Col d'Aubisque : Soum de Grum

Horses, cows, sheep, vultures, even a fox, in this beautiful afternoon at the col of Aubisque (1709), down to the Col de Louvie (1428m) and up to the Soum de Grum (1870m),...

Snow and cromlecks in Iraty

Snow and cromlecks in Iraty

Hiking in the Irati area, in the Pyrenees mountains in the Basque Country, from the Chalet Pedro, by the Col of Oroaté to discover cromlecks near the summit of Occabé at...

Roncesvalles, Spain

Roncesvalles, Spain

En passant, le monastère de Roncevaux (Orreaga /Roncesvalles), en Navarre dans les Pyrénées côté Espagne, hôtellerie et haut-lieu sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques de...

Roncesvalles Pass

Roncesvalles Pass

Snowy stroll around Roncesvalles and Ibañeta pass (1057m), Navarra, Pyrenees, Spain side.

Le Pic de Crabe

Le Pic de Crabe

Snowy sporty hike, starting from Payolle at the bottom of col d'Aspin and Hourquette d'Ancizan, going to pic de Crabe à 1916m, 850m climb in almost 15km, 5h30.

Le Port d'Aste

Le Port d'Aste

Solo mountain outing for the 01/01. Right in front of the previous one at the Plaa du Soum, hiked a couple days ago. Direction the Port d'Aste in the Ossau Valley, 1039m...

Plaa dou Soum

Plaa dou Soum

Discovering the snowy view from the Plaa dou Soum, peak at 1391m altitude, 6h of walk, climbing 900m, above a sea of clouds, starting from Gère-Bélesten in the Ossau valley.

The Ansabère peak

The Ansabère peak

1200m vertical drop for a splendid automnal hike. Starting at 1150m, passing through the cabanes of Ansabère (1570m), Col de Pétragème (2082m) to reach the peak of Ansabère ...

Sortie Photo-Nature

Sortie Photo-Nature

For CPIE Béarn, we animated a photo-outreach with Matthias from BIE, Béarn Initiatives Environment. During this walk towards the bird nets in Lanne en Barétous, our group was...

Walking from Pau to Lourdes...

Walking from Pau to Lourdes...

A real marathon, 40km for a 8h trip by the Henri IV trail from Pau to Lourdes, with a group of a dozen of walkers.

Les Phonies Bergères

Les Phonies Bergères

This new edition of the Land Art festival of the Aspe Valley welcomes the artists Eva Clouard, Linda Gordon, Philippe Vaz Coateland, Elena Saracino, Frédéric Boiron on the...

Puntal del Pacino

Puntal del Pacino

A nice spring trek with this climb on the other side of the frontier after the col du Pourtalet, la Puntal del Pacino, 1966m, starting near Formigal in Aragon, above Salente...

Los Mallos de Riglos II

Los Mallos de Riglos II

A new visit at Los Mallos de Riglos, the great monoliths walls, in a longer tour towards the ruin of a Mirador, in the Spanish province of Huesca in Aragon.

Snowy Pic du midi d'Ossau

Snowy Pic du midi d'Ossau

Almost 9 hours of walk and almost a 1000m climb to be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pic du Midi d'Ossau and the Ayous lakes under the snow.

The peak of Escurets

The peak of Escurets

A nice walk in the Pyrenees mountains in Ossau valley from the Col de Marie-Blanque between 875m and 1440m above sea level atop the peak of Escurets. Along the crest, through...

A morning with the palombes

A morning with the palombes

A morning at the nets of Lanne en Barétous in the Pyrenees for the typical show of this secular hunt.

Waiting at the nets

Waiting at the nets

The few pigeon flights makes us wait, the daily lot of hunters this sunny morning in this beautiful place, the pantières of Lanne en Barétous in the Pyrenees. You can also...

A Fort du Portalet group visit

A Fort du Portalet group visit

We're around 20 to discover or rediscover the Fort of Portalet during this special visit commented by the Tourism Office of Aspe Valley, organized after the launch of my book...

Guide at the Fort du Portalet

Guide at the Fort du Portalet

October 20th, 2013, for this special outreach organised after the publication of the book on the fort, assisting as a photography expert the Tourism Office of Aspe Valley...

Paragliding for invalids

Paragliding for invalids

Many thanks to the organisations Passerelle du Cœur and Han'vol, a few invalids person and me discovered the paragliding sensations !

Paragliding in Accous

Paragliding in Accous

A few jumps of paragliders, aside the discovery day of paragliding for invalids, in Accous, Aspe valley, Pyrenees.

Marmida and Lariste peaks

Marmida and Lariste peaks

15km, 1200m climb up to 2158m at the Lariste peak for this summer walk in the Aspe valley near the Plateau of Lescun.

The Lescunales in Lescun

The Lescunales in Lescun

During this special summer event, inhabitants and artists from and around Lescun, Aspe valley, takes places in different houses of the village.

Nicolas Maleig's donkeys

Nicolas Maleig's donkeys

In the Aspe valley, it's on the heights of Urdos that Nicolas Maleig raises his donkeys during summer pasture. Their milk is used for the production of products of his brand...

Discovering the mares' milking

Discovering the mares' milking

Nicolas Maleig accueille et distrait ses visiteurs venus découvrir la traite des juments dans son enclos du plateau de Lhers dans la vallée d'Aspe.

Mares in summer pasture

Mares in summer pasture

During the summer pasture, that's in the Lhers plateau in front of the circus of Lescun, that Nicolas Maleig raises his mares.

Lac d'Aule, Soum d'Aas

Lac d'Aule, Soum d'Aas

Big album for a long walk, 9h, 1200m climbed up to 2427m at the Soum d'Aas, above Aule lake, after reaching the crest near pic Turon-Garié

Astanes lake, Spain

Astanes lake, Spain

After the Pic Gabedaille, that we can see discovering over the clouds, heading Spain, and the crowdy Astanes lake, 1754m, which looks like an altitude beach.

On the slopes of Pic Gabedaille

On the slopes of Pic Gabedaille

At the end of Aspe valley, Pyrénées Atlantiques is the Pic Gabedaille, where it was good passing the night under the tent on its slopes, despite the myst from the evening...

Aspe Valley Snaps

Aspe Valley Snaps

A few pictures from L'Abérouat in Lescun, the Fort of Portalet from the Chemin de la Mâture and also a few donkeys...

From Oloron to Lescun

From Oloron to Lescun

Touring guest friends, a little tour in the area, from Oloron-Sainte-Marie to Aspe valley : Bedous, Aydius, Lescun...

Ocular in Barétous

Ocular in Barétous

Preparing a photo workshop outreach about nature and photography, in company of Matthias from BIE, Béarn Initiatives Environnement.

Pic de Pombie

Pic de Pombie

A 9h snowshoe trek from 1250m to 2150m at the Pic de Pombie, on the footsteps of the majestic Pic du Midi d'Ossau.

The peak of Jer in Lourdes

The peak of Jer in Lourdes

Taking the funicular, going up on the peak of Jer, 1000m overlooking the city of Lourdes, then walking down by the racetrack of mountain biking.



In the mountains