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frida1

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Camino Frances April 11-May 11 2014
#1
we are continuing to Puente la Reina, but I'd be happy to try to answer questions about our completed route.
Blessed with good weather, the route from Col de Somport is easy to follow and a delightful trail. Unless weather is bad, I don't know why anyone need walk on the road.
 

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Doogman

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Hi: I have read comments before that the route is not well marked, and I have also read comments that the route is well marked. How would you describe it? Also, how would you rate the climbs for the 5-6 after St-Guilhelm in terms of difficulty? (I know it is difficult to say without a common point of reference, but I am just trying to get a better understanding of it). Thanks very much!
 

frida1

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Camino Frances April 11-May 11 2014
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We found the markings very good. The area is prone to low visibility in spring, so it takes careful vigilance if misty and foggy. The days fron St Guilham to Murat require 700-900m of up and down climbing, very difficult path mixed with forest or logging road of better quality. It's beautiful, remote and lacks services, so is arduous, but doable and worthwhile.
 
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AJ

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I found the climb out of St Guilhem to be steep, exposed and a little scary, but I have a poor head for heights and it was a windy day. This was also the one day I got lost as I missed an arrow. Quite a few people made the same mistake. Perhaps it is better marked now.
 

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frida1

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Camino Frances April 11-May 11 2014
#6
This stage was absolutely the most difficult. We had pouring rain and low visibility. Not for the inexperienced hiker. If doing it again, I would stop in Montpeyroux if there is an option and continue to Blaquiere the next day.
 

Doogman

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This stage was absolutely the most difficult. We had pouring rain and low visibility. Not for the inexperienced hiker. If doing it again, I would stop in Montpeyroux if there is an option and continue to Blaquiere the next day.
That is good to know. I will have to go back and take a look at this section, as St-Jean-da-la-Blaquiere seems to be a natural stop after St-Guilhem. From what @AJ had to say, it might be a tough day for me, as I am not very happy with exposed heights. Oh well - it will be a couple of years before I get the chance to do this route, so I have lots of time to get mentally toughened up.
 
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St.Jean-Santiago (2017)
#8
..,but I'd be happy to try to answer questions about our completed routr.....
Did you spend anybtime in Montprllier? I'm there now and am wondering if there are any shouldn't- miss sites orvevents.


Thanks in advance,

-Jason
 

frida1

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Camino Frances April 11-May 11 2014
#9
We were only in Montpellier for one afternoon before starting our camino the next morning. We enjoyed walking around the city, but I don't have specific recommendations.

Enjoy your camino!
 

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