Roc De Querqueou – A Hike Up the 1800m Old Man!
Roc De Querqueou was the summit which was seen from Lapège and at 1800m up it should have been relatively simple enough, considering Lapège was already 900m up. This was definitely a nice taste of things to come, temps were around 20c with a cool wind blowing in for comfort. The path on the map looked straight forward, as they always do, using maps.me for offroad walking probably wasn’t the best idea though as there were a few wrong turns adding to a good hour or more of walking time overall (still not a bad thing!).
Being early March the scenes were still a mixture of snow-capped sharp mountainous peaks with the lower lands a mixture of greens and browns, and occasionally snippets of white and grey villages dotted around the place, most of which I visited.
These are high quality walking paths as you can see, long winding mellow gravel paths intertwined with sharp snagging pointed peaks, which have an almost menacing quality to them.
I didn’t see a single soul the entire walk, which was quite odd. About the only other living thing I saw was the birds of prey at the very top of who seemed quite friendly to be fair.
I would definitely recommend this area of midi-pyrenees, the peaks are a lot more interesting than some of those in other parts of France, they are short, sharp and strangely captivating, and make excellent photographs as you can see!
This was a result of those birds of prey, I could not figure out their exact size but even from a distance of 50 meters they probably could have picked me up and taken me somewhereI would rather not be!
All photography by Kano Kane of The Rebelism.