Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc Roussillon, France

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Pic Saint Loup is a peak that dominates the views in this little valley so of course Nicole and I had to climb it before she left. The day started off with a 20 minute taxi ride to the trailhead in Cazevielle. The forecast called for showers starting about 1:00 so we got an early start. The moment we jumped in the taxi, the skies opened up and it poured for the entire 20 minute ride. We debated the entire way about what our alternative plan might be….. walk the road back? will it be muddy? will there be lightning? this is crazy right? The taxi dropped us off in what where now showers, we were committed. Pic Saint Loup is the one on the right.

We put our rain gear on and started up the well worn path.

These signs are everywhere here in southern marking the endless hiking routes. It shows directions to the next town or natural feature along with distance. Also, the green part at the top shows current elevation and gps coordinates.

After about 15 minutes, the sprinkles stopped, the rain gear came off, and the sun came out. It left us with incredible light and clouds to photograph!

As you can see, there was not a problem with mud due to the rock. However, it was quite slippery so caution was needed.

Layers of clouds and vineyards below!

A shower off in the distance.

The summit!!!

Lauret is located under the low clouds just to the left of the summit sign. It was quite a drop off so of course I didn’t get too close. I did touch the sign! Now I will never catch John and Ruby for peaks bagged in the rest of the world but with three now under my belt here in France, I do lead him and Ruby here!

Of course no French summit is complete without a cross or a chapel! This one had both!

On our decent, we past below an ancient chateau.

Here is a close up:

Saint Mathieu de Treviers below, our destination.

It turned out to be a beautiful day with my wonderful daughter! We arrived in town about 3 hours after we started, had lunch, coffee, hit the grocery store and taxied back to the hotel. The rain did come but not until about 3:00!

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