WALKING AND SHOOTING WITH A PYRENEES EXPERT

Nobody knows the Pyrenees walks better than Ton Joosten.

Nobody knows the Pyrenees walks better than this man.


Back in 2006 some friends and I walked a week-long section of the Haute Route in the Pyrenees. The guidebook and maps we followed then had been prepared by Dutch hiker Ton Joosten, an expert in the area.

This week it’s a coincidence, a privilege and a pleasure to find myself walking in the Pyrenees with the man himself there in person as our guide.

Ton is not only a guidebook writer, he’s also the cook, housekeeper and host of his guesthouse Le Petit Refuge in the village of Ayet, Bethmale Valley, where he offers guest accommodation and guiding.

If any bonus were needed, he’s also a superb landscape photographer. So I’ve been standing close to him, trying to pick up a few pointers. I’m pleased with some of the results. It’s hard to take a poor shot in this wonderfully varied terrain.

Pyreneean birch forest in the mist.

Birch forest in the mist.

Reflections in the still waters of the Lac de Bethmale.

Reflections in the still waters of the Lac de Bethmale.

Waterfall in the Bethmale Valley.

Waterfall in the Bethmale Valley.

Fabulous forest in the Riberot Valley.

Fabulous forest in the Riberot Valley.

Horses in mist (in case you were wondering.)

Horses in mist (in case you were wondering.)

I'm lagging behind the group, but the photo is worth it.

I’m lagging behind the group, but the photo is worth it.

Ayet village.

Ayet village.

Le Petit Refuge, Ton Joosten's accommodation in the village of Ayet.

Le Petit Refuge, Ton Joosten’s accommodation in Ayet.

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7 responses to “WALKING AND SHOOTING WITH A PYRENEES EXPERT

  1. Angela Highstead

    Wonderful photos Richard. You almost have us on the trail with you.

  2. Oh, what a delightful collection of photos you’ve shared with us, Richard. A beautiful place indeed.

  3. Stunning pics, Richard. I want to go there now

  4. Thanks for the encouragement, Angela, Reggie and John. It is indeed a gorgeous area, with everything from rugged rocky peaks to gentle farmland, gushing waterfalls and deep, dark forests.

  5. Oh my Richard, those photos are superb. What an amazing landscape to trek through and with such an excellent leader and teacher..

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