List of summits in the Vosges massif under 1000m

Liste des sommets des Vosges de moins de 1000m avec une proéminence supérieure ou égale à 100m
List of summits in the Vosges massif with a prominence of 100m or more
SummitHeight (m)Prominence (m)Sub-area
Thalenberg447104VOSGES-NORD/
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Duerrenberg519162VOSGES-NORD/
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Brissetisch Kopf529194VOSGES-NORD/
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Russelkessel NO478138VOSGES-NORD/
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Langenberg514143VOSGES-NORD/
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Engenteich498140VOSGES-NORD/
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Maimont513243VOSGES-NORD/
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Arnsberg431103VOSGES-NORD/
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Nestelsberg379105VOSGES-NORD/
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Ransberg360100VOSGES-NORD/
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Grosser Hundkopf360100VOSGES-NORD/
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Steinbacher Wintersberg422119VOSGES-NORD/
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Fischerberg S435153VOSGES-NORD/
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Mittelkopf517158VOSGES-NORD/
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Modenberg411111VOSGES-NORD/
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Grossfoellmer447179VOSGES-NORD/
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Mohnenberg547274VOSGES-NORD/
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Igelsberg400108VOSGES-NORD/
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Le Guirsten404104VOSGES-NORD/
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Duerrbergkopf421119VOSGES-NORD/
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Château de Lichtenberg400123VOSGES-NORD/
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Hochfirst421118VOSGES-NORD/
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Goetzenbruck432142VOSGES-NORD/
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Englishberg E383100VOSGES-NORD/
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Fastnachtsfelsen404102VOSGES-NORD/
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Hunebourg417123VOSGES-NORD/
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Grand Wintersberg581329VOSGES-NORD/
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Falkenberg418153VOSGES-NORD/
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Helfenstein363104VOSGES-NORD/
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Muckenkopf362104VOSGES-NORD/
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Erbsenberg402117VOSGES-NORD/
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Armsberg383119VOSGES-NORD/
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Gauchsberg356105VOSGES-NORD/
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Wasenkoepfel526282VOSGES-NORD/
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Schlangenberg441145VOSGES-NORD/
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Baerenberg967156VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Fort de Mutzig S398163VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Geissfels617109VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Ochsenstein (Schlossberg S)584109VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Brotschberg542160VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Schlosserhoehe463153VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Le Petit Donon961139VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Kohlberg907109VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Chaume de Réquival836157VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Bois de la Pierre à Cheval575129VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Ortomont554129VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Vohné526111VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Tête des Reclos539124VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
La Corbeille899114VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Sommet de la Croix Brignon837113VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Haute-Loge938210VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Côte du Mont730260VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Houdimont817112VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Solamont831191VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Côte d'Ortomont694141VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Roche du Sapin Sec (L'Ormont)899291VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Roche des Corbeaux669144VOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Hahnenberg649104VOSGES-EST
Rocher de Grendelbruch612117VOSGES-EST
La Bloss827142VOSGES-EST
Ungersberg901225VOSGES-EST
Dachfirst681326VOSGES-EST
Voyemont793198VOSGES-EST
Le Climont965407VOSGES-EST
Le Grand Alhan752163VOSGES-EST
Le Mont N822147VOSGES-EST
Champ dans les Haies623112VOSGES-EST
Les Trois Bornes852105VOSGES-EST
Colline de Schlingoutte829165VOSGES-EST
Rocher du Coucou856255VOSGES-EST
Haut des Yraux985213VOSGES-EST
Koenigsstuhl936105VOSGES-EST
Le Ramelstein989246VOSGES-EST
Haut Koenigsbourg (Oedenbourg E)757173VOSGES-EST
Hahenberg532144VOSGES-EST
Le Faing Berret999121VOSGES-SUD-EST
Schlossberg670136VOSGES-SUD-EST
Karsprung719104VOSGES-SUD-EST
Hohrupf813141VOSGES-SUD-EST
Dornsilkopf981116VOSGES-SUD-EST
Bildstoeckle873146VOSGES-SUD-EST
Le Staufen899177VOSGES-SUD-EST
Vorhofkopf d'Ammerschwirr O888143VOSGES-SUD-EST
Vorhofkopf de Kaysersberg827117VOSGES-SUD-EST
Le Grand Faudé773118VOSGES-SUD-EST
Tête du Midi957336VOSGES-CENTRE
Le Grand Coteau906115VOSGES-CENTRE
La Roche de Chenau (Bois du Bélier)657126VOSGES-CENTRE
Le St-Mont (Mont Habend)672117VOSGES-CENTRE
Tête de la Charmotte819138VOSGES-CENTRE
L'Ormont (Bois de la Charme de l'Ormont)829164VOSGES-CENTRE
Sommet des Xettes955294VOSGES-CENTRE
Stéaumont665110VOSGES-CENTRE
Roche des Fées (Bois de l'Ancerf)649164VOSGES-CENTRE
Tête de Nayemont965167VOSGES-CENTRE
Haut de la Pierre de Taille956111VOSGES-CENTRE
Roche des Fées937106VOSGES-CENTRE
Balcon du Mettey622135VOSGES-CENTRE
Moyennel-Mont768196VOSGES-OUEST
Mont Thiriville746108VOSGES-OUEST
Grande Avison593118VOSGES-OUEST
Buemont571114VOSGES-OUEST
Forêt Communale de Lépanges611140VOSGES-OUEST
Bois d'Archettes507100VOSGES-OUEST
Pointhaie552100VOSGES-OUEST
Fouchon545108VOSGES-OUEST
Borémont704184VOSGES-OUEST
Roche du Corbeau (Vanémont)698103VOSGES-OUEST
Chastel648106VOSGES-OUEST
Chant des Roches (Limongoutte)705195VOSGES-OUEST
Le Grand Jumeau556121VOSGES-OUEST
Massif de Kemberg761313VOSGES-OUEST
Pierre de Laitre627159VOSGES-OUEST
Roche de Froide Fontaine623108VOSGES-OUEST
Sommet des Lèches591158VOSGES-OUEST
Seewaldkopf714229VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Sommet des Trois Bornes868109VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Kuppelthannkopf885139VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Buchberg762157VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Hoherkopf891107VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Tête des Mineurs928189VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Mont Ordon-Verrier963130VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Fort de Roppe511106VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Grande Côte612117VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Le Chérimont589154VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Bois de la Thure557221VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
La Ferme de la Côte547117VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Côte Renard469106VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Le Coporot843232VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Les Sapins du Haut781103VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Roche Tue-Boeuf781103VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Le Bambois815195VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Le Pré Laurent632144VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Rômont (Haut du Mont)521104VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST
Forêt du Bambois523102VOSGES-SUD-SUD-OUEST

List of summits over 1000m in the Vosges massif

Liste des sommets de +1000m des Vosges avec proéminence supérieure ou égale à 100m
List of summits over 1000m in the Vosges massif with a prominence of 100m or more
SummitHeight (m)Prominence (m)Map 
Grand Ballon142310733719OT/3619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Storkenkopf13661343619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Le Hohneck13631883618OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Klintzkopf13291543619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Rothenbachkopf13161263619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Lauchenkopf13141033619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Gazon du Faing13061673618OT/3718OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Rainkopf13051023619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Petit Ballon12721483719OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Haute Bers (Le Gresson)12525313619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Ballon d'Alsace12472123619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Le Grand Brézouard12293253718OTVOSGES-EST
Tête des Neuf Bois12281843619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Grand Artimont12281363618OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Tête de Fellering12233393619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Ballon de Servance12162593619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Le Grand Ventron12042493619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Tête des Cerfs (Sud)12022483618OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
L'Altenberg11971823619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Rimbachkopf11951253619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Rossberg (Thann)11912513619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Tête du Rouge Gazon11861013619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Haut de Felzach11611163619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Ronde Tête11601333619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
La Planche des Belles-Filles11481523520ETVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Chaume de Sérichamp11412963618OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Tête de Grouvelin11372063618OTVOSGES-CENTRE
Tête de Demesy11321073520ETVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Rossberg (Le Bonhomme)11301813718OTVOSGES-EST
Le Molkenrain11252973719OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
La Grande Montagne11251403618OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Haut du Rouge Gazon11081543619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Le Champ du Feu10985613716ETVOSGES-EST
Tête des Corbeaux10941433619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Tête de Meusfoux10851033619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
La Croix Hanzo10832733618OTVOSGES-CENTRE
Le Faniat10791483620ETVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Haut de Brampas10701113619OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Le Moutier des Fées10641193618OTVOSGES-CENTRE
Schratzmaennele10451633718OTVOSGES-SUD-EST
Hirtzenstein10171163620ET/3619OTVOSGES-SUD/SUD-OUEST
Haut du Roc10121243618OT/3619OTVOSGES-CENTRE
Rocher de Mutzig10084543716ETVOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Le Donon10084543616OTVOSGES-CENTRE-NORD
Le Faing des Meules10072123618OTVOSGES-CENTRE

List of summits in the Massif Central – 1000 to 1499m

Liste des sommets de 1000 à 1499m du Massif Central avec proéminence supérieure ou égale à 100m
List of summits between 1000 and 1499m in the Massif Central with a prominence of 100m or more

SummitsHeight (m)ProminenceSub-Area
Sommet du Bois de Joubert1499134MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de l'Usclade1498105MONTS DU CANTAL
Sommet du Goulet1497286MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Mont Mouchet1497229MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Suc d'Ourseyre1489118MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Truc de la Garde (Sud)1486183MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Puy Gros1485120MASSIF DU SANCY
Montchouvet1485109MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Le Bec Signal**1483100**MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Mont Chamaroux1476181MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Cros Chaumeil (N ou S ?**)1475122MONTS DU CANTAL
Suc de Bauzon1472250MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Signal de Mailhebiau1469408MASSIF DE L'AUBRAC
Le Suchalias1467258MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Puy de Dôme1465487CHAINE DES PUYS
Mont Signon1455130MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Suc de l'Areilladou1448139MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Le Communal1446111MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
La Luzette1445222MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Puy de Bassierou1441105MONTS DU CANTAL
Les Truques d'Aubrac1440115MASSIF DE L'AUBRAC
Le Testavoyre1436176MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Serre Haut (Est)1434106MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Crêt de la Perdrix1431406MASSIF DU PILAT
Roche du Bachat1423161MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Signal du Bougès1421333MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Montagne d'Aulas1417163MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Le Devès1417213MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Les Trois Quilles1410109MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Le Mounier1408120MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Puy de Montchal1407201MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Montrefu1405106MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Sommet des Veirades1401133MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Trépaloup1400176MONTS D'ARDECHE SUD/TANARGUE
Suc du Pal1400119MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Roc du Salidou (Est)1400101MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Le Grand Felletin1387358MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Serre de la Pierre Plantée1386102MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Pic du Lizieux1386192MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Suc de Touron1381130MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Pyfarat1381140MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Le Plo1381102MASSIF DE L'AUBRAC
Les Roches1380104MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Montivernoux1374108MEYGAL/VELAY EST
La Montagnette (Pierre Brune)1361126MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Puy de la Vaisse1358145MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Maure de l'Abéouradou1357132MONTS D'ARDECHE SUD/TANARGUE
Les Angles (N ou S)**1353100**MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Rocher du Cheylard1351101MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Signal de Ventalon1350105MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Puy de l'Agneau1350109MONTS DU CANTAL
Mont Tartas1349145MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Vimont (Pic Pelé)1348157MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Suc de Pradou1344225MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
La Rose des Vents1343149MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Serre de Combescure (Est)1340113MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Suc de Cherchemus1339122MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Sommet du Col de Legal1334103MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Montcineyre1329136MONTS DU CEZALLIER
La Tortue1329126MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Teston du Joran1328115MONTS DU CEZALLIER
La Fageole1326148MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Forêt de Combe Noire1325257MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Mont Aigu1316104MONTS D'ARDECHE SUD/TANARGUE
Les Rochettes1316115MASSIF DU PILAT
Roches de Borée1315103MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Mont Gros1314200MONTS D'ARDECHE SUD/TANARGUE
Rocher de Pialoux1312169MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Panère1302167MASSIF DU PILAT
La Durande (Suc de Combret Nord)1299241MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Pic de la Rochette1296121MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Lou Paou1296100MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Puy Chauvet1294107MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Roche Sanadoire**1293100**MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy de Montivernoux1289119MASSIF DE L'AUBRAC
Roche Tuillière1288124MASSIF DU SANCY
Cham Redonde1288121MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Puy de Montoncel1287545MONTS DU FOREZ-NORD
Puy de la Tuile1286148MASSIF DE L'AUBRAC
Mont des Vertus S (Le Calvaire)1286125MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Bois du Roi1280128MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
La Vesseyre1279135MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Puy d'Adoux (St-Alyre)1278133MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Grand Suc1278142MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
La Courbe1274143MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Puech de Rascas1270610MONTS DE LACAUNE
Petit Suc1265102MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
La Croix de la Lauze (Prataubérat)1261119MONTS D'ARDECHE SUD/TANARGUE
Montagne de Laschamps1256194CHAINE DES PUYS
Le Ranc1255120MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Leiranoux1253110MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Puy de Côme1251226CHAINE DES PUYS
Les Badiades (Ouest)1250130MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Puy de Mercoeur1249156CHAINE DES PUYS
Mont Gargo1247219CAUSSE MEJEAN
Suc de Montaigu1240104MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Montagne de Gromont1238100MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Mont Daunis1235100MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Mont Chanis (Est)1232137MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Grand Suchet1231107CHAINE DES PUYS
Bois de Chantuzier1229151MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Montagne de la Fare1225140MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Les Bois Noirs1215243MONTS DU LIVRADOIS
Bois de Ruelles1212123MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Puy de Monchier1211134CHAINE DES PUYS
Pic de Nore1211752MONTAGNE NOIRE
La Cham du Cros1207133MONTS D'ARDECHE SUD/TANARGUE
Bois de Chantelauze1206203MONTS DU LIVRADOIS
Le Suc**1205100**MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Puy du Bac1203153MONTS DU CANTAL
Serre en Don1201172MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Bois de Lause1201355SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Puy Pariou1200115CHAINE DES PUYS
Peyre de Bard1200105MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Puy de Louchadière1198240CHAINE DES PUYS
Pierre Pamole (Bois de Pamole)1198253MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
La Citadelle (Serre d'Ambalès)1196161MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Montlune1195107MONTS DU FOREZ-NORD
Suc du Bèze1191164MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Suc de Vent1191252MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Mont Besset1191109MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Rocher de l'Aigle1190110MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Bois de la Frache1190180MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Suc des Ollières1186118MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Suc de Jorance1186161MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Pic de Concord1185153SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Puy Chopine1181172CHAINE DES PUYS
Montjournal1180144MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Bourscadio1180138CAUSSE DE SAUVETERRE
Le Fajeas1179347MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Puy de Monténard**1173100**MASSIF DU SANCY
Mont Roucous1173170MONTS DE LACAUNE
Mont Bar1172177MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Champ de la Clé1165107MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Puy de Pourcharet1164122CHAINE DES PUYS
Pierres du Jour1164415MONTS DE LA MADELEINE
Puy de Jume1163138CHAINE DES PUYS
Mont Mars1162266MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
La Verrière1162124MONTS DU LIVRADOIS
Les Barges1161147MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Roquefol1160145MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Le Clarel1160118MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Combe Neyre1158129MONTS DU LIVRADOIS
Puech d'Alluech1156215CAUSSE MEJEAN
Montmach1156114MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Puech du Pal1155288LEVEZOU
Bois de Golne1155118MONTS DE LA MADELEINE
Suc de Saussac1149114MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Serre des Blachis1149117MONTS D'ARDECHE SUD/TANARGUE
Suc d'Achon1148131MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Grand Sarcoui1147147CHAINE DES PUYS
Le Chirat Blanc (Suc du Barry1146111MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Sommet de Chanalet (Ouest)1145142MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Frégelive1143106MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Le Causse1142134MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Le Devès1141111CAUSSE MEJEAN
Peyreficade1140135MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Suc d'Ayme1137246MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Puy de Charmont1137173CHAINE DES PUYS
Morière1134136MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Puy de la Rodde1131153CHAINE DES PUYS
Les Rivaudelles1128103MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Le Ventalon (Ouest)1128131MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Mont Seigne1121262LEVEZOU
Sauses (Culmen du Somail)1117144SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Mont St-Martial1116117MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Les Montagnes de l'Hospice1116164MONTS DU CANTAL
Suc de Miceselle1115121MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Le Merdelou1110209MONTS DE LACAUNE
Puy de Chaumont1108139CHAINE DES PUYS
Sommet de la Farre1107105MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Truc de Balduc1103228MASSIF DU MONT LOZERE
Pied d'Escure1103135MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Plateau du Lévézou1102113LEVEZOU
Plo des Brus (NO ou SE**)1098123SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Peyramont1098139MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Puy de Vichatel1095120CHAINE DES PUYS
Signal de Flagit1093199MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Montagne de Marcou1093245SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Roc Blanc1091141MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Le Caroux1091145SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Suc d'Oursier1089224MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Suc de Monchamp1083102MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Puy de Barre1083102MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Suc d'Emeral1078107MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Chazoulède1078113CAUSSE MEJEAN
Miaune1076198MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Grün de Chignore1074105MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Suc de Jalore1072165MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Montrodre1071156MONTS DE LACAUNE
Mont Pidgier1070145MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Mont Courant1069148MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
La Garde de Tallobre1069107MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Le Cayla1068104MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Serre de Borgne1066155MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Bragal1066137SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Sommet du Bois de la Blanque1065130SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Mont Gos1065141MONTS DE LACAUNE
Mont Buisson1065110CAUSSE MEJEAN
Mont Gerbizon1064125MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Le Causset**1062100**MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
La Tour1062204MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Les Combeaux1061157MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Le Roc de Gourdon1061227MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Puy de Bessolles1060123MASSIF DU SANCY
Pic de Chaudabry1060100MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Mont Mournac1060125MASSIF DE L'AUBRAC
Gioulet Nord (Montagne de Rosis)1058138SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
La Chaux (Montjay Nord)1057135MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Chirat Rochat1052106MASSIF DU PILAT
Sarraliou1049100MONTAGNE NOIRE
Mont Briançon1045151MONTS DU VELAY/DEVES
Puy de Banson1044111MASSIF DU SANCY
La Vigeral1041126CHAINE DES PUYS
Puy de Boucaud1035102MASSIF DU SANCY
Cangrède1035134MONTS DE LACAUNE
Huche Pointue1033138MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Suc de Chapteuil1031106MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Puech Mégé (Montaud)1031306MONTAGNE NOIRE
Serre de la Croix d'Argent1028191MONTS DU VIVARAIS
Le Roc**1027100**MONTS DE LACAUNE
Mont de Terreneyre1026123MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Montorsier1025132MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Suc de Monac1022100**MEYGAL/VELAY EST
Mont Agut1022257SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Le Truc du Midi (Est)1022163MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Truc de Roussac1021120CAUSSE DE SAUVETERRE
Pierre Beille1021154MONTS DU FOREZ-SUD
Crête de Blandine1019230BAS-VIVARAIS
Baou Manios1018156CAUSSE DE SAUVETERRE
Suc de Monet1015202MONTS D'ARDECHE NORD/MEZENC
Serre d'Alaric1012127MONTAGNE NOIRE
Lacam1011101MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Moungros1010123CAUSSE DE SAUVETERRE
Mont St-Rigaud1009500MONTS DU BEAUJOLAIS
Truc de Grèzes1008116MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Le Devez1008106CAUSSE DE SAUVETERRE
La Serre de Fagairolles1008125SOMAIL/ESPINOUSE/MONTS DU LANGUEDOC
Roche de Grely1004134MONTS DU CANTAL
Mont Boussuivre1004298MONTS DE TARARE
La Cham de Blanquet (Ouest)1003134MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Puy d'Olloix1002131MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy de la Balle1001122MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
**proéminence à confirmer/prominence to be confirmed

List of summits over 1500m in the Massif Central

Liste des sommets de +1500m du Massif Central avec proéminence supérieure ou égale à 20m
List of summits over 1500m in the Massif Central with a prominence of 20m or more
SummitsHeight (m)Prominence (m)Sub-area
Puy de Sancy18851578MASSIF DU SANCY
Plomb du Cantal1855774MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy Ferrand185473MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy de la Perdrix182422MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy du Rocher181161MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Peyre Arse1806568MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy Brunet180621MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy Gros179338MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy de Cacadogne178475MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy Mary1783175MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy Redon178131MASSIF DU SANCY
Pan de la Grange176846MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy de la Cède176875MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy des Crebasses176232MASSIF DU SANCY
Mont Mézenc1753793MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy de Peyre Arse-Nord174741MONTS DU CANTAL
Tour Carrée174630MASSIF DU SANCY
Mont Mézenc-Nord174420MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy de l'Angle1740292MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy de Paillaret174055MASSIF DU SANCY
Roc de Cuzeau173789MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy Chavaroche1736207MONTS DU CANTAL
Rocher de la Sagne du Porc171981MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Barbier170325MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy Chavaroche-Nord-Est170225MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de la Tourte1701113MONTS DU CANTAL
Rocher du Bec de l'Aigle1699173MONTS DU CANTAL
Sommet de Finiels1699649MONT LOZERE
Puy de Monne169648MASSIF DU SANCY
Puy de Cliergue169136MASSIF DU SANCY
Mont d'Alambre1691136MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy Griou1690156MONTS DU CANTAL
Pic Cassini1681140MONT LOZERE
Sommet de la Croix de Fer1679121MONT LOZERE
La Chapeloune167839MONTS DU CANTAL
Roches de Vassivière167821MONTS DU CANTAL
Le Grand Clapier167820MONT LOZERE
Les Fours de Peyre Arse-Est167740MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Bataillouse167759MONTS DU CANTAL
Sommet de la Croix de Fer-Sud-Ouest167666MONT LOZERE
Téton de Vénus166951MONTS DU CANTAL
Sommet de Finiels-Est-Sud-Est166732MONT LOZERE
Signal des Laubies165745MONT LOZERE
Roche Taillade165096MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Grandval164862MONTS DU CANTAL
Les Fours de Peyre Arse-Ouest164723MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Seycheuse1647152MONTS DU CANTAL
Petit Puy Mary (Puy Mary-Sud-Ouest164460MONTS DU CANTAL
Roc des Ombres-Ouest1642136MONTS DU CANTAL
Roc des Ombres-Est163360MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de la Tache163277MASSIF DU SANCY
Pierre Haute1631649MONTS DU FOREZ
Sommet de Finiels-Sud-Est162520MONT LOZERE
Chaulet1622116MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy Chavaroche-Sud-Ouest162023MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Niermont1620293MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy Griou-Est-Nord-Est161839MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy Griou-Nord-Est161723MONTS DU CANTAL
Roc d'Hozières161446MONTS DU CANTAL
Suc Gros/Le Peylat1610101MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy d'Orset160734MONTS DU CANTAL
Suc de Taupernas1602219MASSIF DU MEZENC
Mont d'Alambre-Est160220MASSIF DU MEZENC
Le Cassaïre160059MONTS DU CANTAL
Rocher de l'Aygue159967MONTS DU CANTAL
La Tête de Boeuf159520MONT LOZERE
Suc de Montfol1594118MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy Violent159277MONTS DU CANTAL
La Tête de Boeuf-Est158726MONT LOZERE
Puy de Bataillouse-Sud158231MONTS DU CANTAL
Suc de la Lauzière158234MASSIF DU MEZENC
Mont Redon158023MASSIF DU SANCY
Suc de Rond1580128MONTS DU CANTAL
Roc de Serviès157732MONT LOZERE
Puy Violent-Sud-Est157146MONTS DU CANTAL
L'Elancèze1571268MONTS DU CANTAL
Le Joennet (Signal du Limon)156632MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Mareilh156536MASSIF DU SANCY
Le Portalet156530MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Mont Aigoual1565732MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Chaumadou156332MONT LOZERE
Suc de la Blatte156230MONTS DU CANTAL
Roches des Cuzets-Nord-Ouest155845MASSIF DU MEZENC
Roches des Cuzets-Central155720MASSIF DU MEZENC
Montagne de Monthiallier1556131MONTS DU FOREZ
Signal de Randon1551420MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Gerbier de Jonc1551196MASSIF DU MEZENC
Truc de Fortunio155043MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Signal du Luguet1547392MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Puy de la Poche154453MONTS DU CANTAL
Les Valadous1544349MASSIF DU TANARGUE
La Grosse Roche154446MASSIF DU MEZENC
Procher (Peyre Mayou Sud-Est)154461MONTS DU FOREZ
Signal du Luguet-Nord154334MONTS DU CEZALLIER
Puy de Surains154222MASSIF DU SANCY
Peyre Mayou (Nord-Ouest)154222MONTS DU FOREZ
La Roche Pointue153950MASSIF DU MEZENC
Montagne de la Plate153782MASSIF DU SANCY
Mont Aigoual-Sud-Est153633MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL
Les Coux (Suc de Leckous)1536120MASSIF DU MEZENC
Rocher Tourte1535168MASSIF DU MEZENC
Suc de Séponet153443MASSIF DU MEZENC
Suc de la Blatte-Nord-Nord-Ouest153323MONTS DU CANTAL
La Tour des Poignets1533140MASSIF DU TANARGUE
Le Sépoux1530101MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy de l'Aiguiller1529128MASSIF DU SANCY
Cabrespine152524MONTS DU CANTAL
Roc des Echelles152587MONT LOZERE
Serre du Grésier152531MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy de Prat-de-Bouc1524132MONTS DU CANTAL
Puy de Chambourguet152164MASSIF DU SANCY
Le Courpou Sauvage1521137MONTS DU CANTAL
Suc de Sara1521236MASSIF DU MEZENC
Puy de la Croix Morand1520118MASSIF DU SANCY
Le Clapas (Suc de Liberté)151971MASSIF DU MEZENC
La Cumine (Puy Violent-Ouest)151632MONTS DU CANTAL
Le Griounou151461MONTS DU CANTAL
Banne d'Ordanche1512244MASSIF DU SANCY
Sommet du Grand Tanargue1511204MASSIF DU TANARGUE
Puy de l'Ouire150974MASSIF DU SANCY
La Méjarié150978MONT LOZERE
Le Sagnas (Suc des Alières)150840MASSIF DU MEZENC
Sommet de la Croix de l'Hermite150759MONT LOZERE
Chastelas150620MASSIF DU MEZENC
Serre de Pierret150556MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Montagne de Bozat150437MASSIF DU SANCY
Serre de Montgros1504127MASSIF DU TANARGUE
La Moure de la Gardille1503292MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE
Plat de la Richarde150325MONTS DU FOREZ
Sommet de Bois-Grand150046MONTS DE LA MARGERIDE

Plan de Montmajou-Sommet de Prat-Pardin from Artigue

A fantastic ridge walk !!

Plan de Montmajou – Sommet de Prat-Pardin, out and back along the ridge which marks the border with Spain, from the village of Artigue.

Route details and GPX track:

A gentle ascent via the GR10 from Artigue (mandatory car park just before the entrance of the village) to the foot of the Plan de Montmajou (2081m), via the Cabane de Saunères, then straight up to the top; next I followed the ridge which marks the boundary between Spain and France in a southbound direction, to the Sommet de Prat Pardin (1982m) via two minor tops. Return along the ridge and along the SW slopes of the Plan de Montmajou to rejoin the GR10.

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My best 30 hikes in 2018

1 –  Na Sléibhte club walk, Connemara, co. Galway, Ireland, 3. February

First hike with the newly founded Na Sleibhte Hill-walking Club (“The Mountains’ Hill-walking Club”) which I have just joined. A club dedicated to challenge walks, long day hikes with significant distance and amount of climbing, which members must be reasonably fit and experienced and be able to navigate whatever the weather conditions. The concept is simple: one monthly hike in various mountain areas of Ireland; the participants meet at a defined starting point and can meet afterwards as well, but everyone chooses their own route and can decide on the day if they wish to complete it either with others or on their own. Alas for me, I landed in Ireland five days before with the flu (which caught me on the plane). After spending three days resting at the Letterfrack Lodge, a hostel located on the fringe of the Connemara National Park, with a few scenic drives as only outings, I finally make it to the top of Diamond Hill/Binn Ghuaire (442m), an iconic summit accessible via a well-maintained marked trail which allows to cope with the summer flood of tourists, on the Friday. In the evening, the few members of the club who took the drive to Connemara exchange tons of messages, as the weather conditions for the next day remain uncertain. Four members -including my good friend Daniel- decide to stick to the initial plan, which mainly includes the fantastic Sheeffry Hills, while three others opt for plan B, a longer walk (about 45km) with much less climbing, along the local, marked long-distance trail, the Western Way. As I can’t see myself doing any of the two, I make my mind for a shorter version of Plan B and arrange to finish with my three fellow members, Gerard, Kevin and Graham, who catch up with me about 4km before the end and give me a lift back to my car. Although I am still recovering from this bad flu, I am chuffed I was able to cover 31km in a beautiful scenery and under nice weather conditions !!

2 – Sheeffry Hills, Connemara, co. Mayo, Ireland, 4. February

The next day, my friend Daniel has to drive back home to Belfast, but I ask him for a favour: I leave my car near Doo Lough and he kindly gives me a lift up to the Sheeffry Gap. This enables me to go and explore the Sheeffry Hills without having to complete a full loop. This remote mountain range, which is located in the N of Connemara, in S Mayo, offers me an unforgettable day out under amazing weather conditions, a mix of heavy clouds and blinding sunlight, a beautiful blanket of snow covering the top of the ridge adding to the incredible beauty of the scenery. I have plenty of time to enjoy and to film as well, some beautiful footage for a Youtube trilogy !!

3 – Sommet de Pouyaué, Central Pyrenees, 8. March

Hardly am I back in France that, inspired by this fantastic hike in the Sheeffry Hills, I buy myself a pair of snowshoes and decide to try them in the Pyrenees on a glorious day of March. To my surprise there is no snow left under 1500m and the Col de Peyresourde (1569m) is open !! This will be my first solo snowshoe outing, out and back along the ridge to the Sommet de Pouyaué (2062m), which I had already climbed in summer conditions back in September 2015. What a great feeling this time to leave my own trace in the snow, while taking in these vast, immaculate expanses of whiteness !! Another wonderful day out and another Youtube video !!

4 – Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons, Wales, 27. March

There is a purpose to my first visit in S Wales: I intend to buy a Berlingo with a conversion at the back, including a foldable bed and drawers, the idea also being, to have a right-hand drive vehicle I can use for my travels across the British Isles. As I wait for the money to get transferred, I decide to go and explore the Brecon Beacons. A long loop walk (36km, 9 summits) will take me from the village of Pontsticill where I am staying to the iconic peak of Pen-y-Fan, highpoint of the area at 886m. A beautiful hike under cold, moody yet dry weather.

5 – Ullswater Way, Lake District, England, 30. March

Comfortably sat at the wheel of my new car, I head for the N of England and meet with my friend Jay for another long walk around Ullswater, an elongated lake at the foot of the mountains of the Lake District. Despite a detour to the top of Gowbarrow (481m), one of the 214 wainwrights (a list of summits of the Lake District, compiled in the 1950s/1960s by Alfred Wainwright, a famous British hiker and author), the route is not a difficult one as the marked trail is very easy to follow; but this does not prevent us to enjoy some beautiful views over the lake and the surrounding mountains all along the way.

6 – Bonscale Pike-Wether Hill, Lake District, England, 1. April

For my last day in the area, I opt for a rather reasonable route, which still allows me to add 6 wainwrights to my collection: Bonscale Pike (524m), Arthur’s Pike (533m), Loadpot Hill (672m), Wether Hill (674m), Pikeawassa/Steel Knotts (432m) and Hallin Fell (388m). Another beautiful hike which is also the subject of two videos on my Youtube channel.

7 – Na Sléibhte club walk, Nephin Beg Range, co. Mayo, Ireland, 5. May

Second encounter with the Na Sleibhte Hill-walking Club, in the superb Nephin Beg Range in co. Mayo, in the W of Ireland. While the fittest opt for a full traverse, which includes the most remote of all Irish summits, I decide to shorten the journey after spending the whole morning in the clouds, as to enjoy a bit of sunshine and the stunning views from the Bengorm ridge, adding a few summits to my collection. My only regret of the day: crossing the impressive, sharp-edged Corranabinnia ridge with no visibility…

8 – Nephin, co. Mayo, Ireland, 7. May

Before leaving co. Mayo, I meet a fellow hiker I had been exchanging with for a while on Facebook, Justyna. We head for one of the most iconic peaks of the area, Nephin (806m), which is not only Connacht’s second highest mountain after the elusive and remote Mweelrea (814m), but is also Ireland’s highest standalone mountain, just a short distance away from the Nephin Beg massif. Its ascent proves to be rather spectacular, although it is not really difficult, and the vista from the summit area over the surrounding lakes, plains and mountains is absolutely breathtaking !! After the walk we pay a short visit to Derek Davidson, who offers some amazing accommodation and guided tours and hikes all across co. Mayo via his own company, Walk West Ireland. Another brilliant encounter !!

9 – Cruach Mor-Cnoc na Péiste, Eastern Reeks, co. Kerry, Ireland, 13. May

Arguably one of the most spectacular hikes in Ireland, in the McGillicuddy’s Reeks, facing Ireland’s highpoint, Carrauntoohill (1038m). A tricky route, which includes 6 of the 12 highest mountains in Ireland, allowing me to complete the full list of 14 Irish +900m peaks. The crux of the walk is the Cruach Mor-Big Gun-Cnoc na Péiste traverse, looking even more impressive due to the dull weather, with a touch of scrambling, slightly exposed at times, although I find a way to contour the trickiest bits. The final ascent to the summit of the Big Gun, even via the “easy” route, requires a head for heights. Once on the top of Cnoc na Péiste, Ireland’s 4th highest summit at 985m, the ridge widens and a proper trail appears, allowing for a much easier finish.

10 – Carrauntoohill, McGillicuddy’s Reeks, co. Kerry, Ireland, 14. May

Back at the hostel after my adventures in the Eastern Reeks, I get to chat with a Canadian lady in her fifties named Linda, who tells me she would like to climb Carrauntoohill (1038m) the next day, but is not too confident as she is not really used to hike in the mountains. I offer to join her. The following day we start from Cronin’s Yard. A few hours later, despite the views being restricted by the clouds, she is proudly standing on the top of Ireland; as for me, I am delighted too, even though this is my third time up there, and will not be my last (I will have the immense pleasure to also take my good friend Alexandre and his two young teenage kids to the top a few months later). While chilling out on the summit, a young couple asks me which way to go to access the ridge leading to Beenkeragh (1008m). I explain to them I did it under good weather conditions back in 2015, and that given the present lack of visibility, the difficulty and the exposure, I would strongly advise them not to venture on the said ridge unless they are very experienced hikers. After a good 30 minutes, it’s time to head back and I tell Linda to start going down while I take one last video; as she is not heading where she should be, I tell her “Linda, just follow the trail along the large cairns over there”. Her face suddenly turns pale as she figures out she could have got lost. Or even worse. Because she knows that Carrauntoohill, despite her modest height, is a dangerous mountain with sheer drops, which claims several lives every year. Later, as we make our way down, we can hear someone calling in the distance… The next day, as she is waiting for her flight at Dublin Airport, Linda, shocked, sends me a link. A young Canadian in his thirties fell to his death from the Beenkeragh Ridge the previous day, right under his partner’s eyes, around the time we were going down the Zigzags, on the opposite side of Carrauntoohill. We will never know if it was the couple we talked to, but as I said to Linda, I just did my best to dissuade them…

11 – Glenbeigh Horseshoe, co. Kerry, Ireland, 16. May

After a rainy day, the weather forecast looks good for Kerry. This time I start from the hostel, aiming at completing the whole Glenbeigh Horseshoe, a +40km loop walk which takes in a total of 12 summits, with over 1800m height gain. In all, over 14h walking, of which about 12h30 without meeting a single human soul, nor crossing a single road. The route is rather easy-going despite being mostly off-track, with an exhilarating addition: a spectacular out-and-back trip on a narrow ridge leading to the summit of Keamconneragh. A bit annoyed after having started later than planned (which I knew meant I would finish after nightfall), I finally see the interest of a later start as I stand amazed at the fantastic sunset over Dingle Bay from the top of Drung Hill, the last summit of the day !! An outstanding day out, which has been the subject of a series of four videos !!

12 – Blackstairs Challenge, Blackstairs, Leinster province, Ireland, 19. May

After having taken part to this challenge walk the previous year, I hadn’t necessarily planned to be back for the 2018 edition, but to my surprise I won a free participation while taking part to a photo contest on the Wayfarers’ Facebook page. It was thus a real pleasure to meet Daniel and some other members of the Na Sléibhte Club again for another brilliant day out, under a glorious weather and with, as usual should I say, a brilliant organisation and warmful atmosphere from the Wayfarers. This was also for me the opportunity to meet John, one of the most prominent members of the MountainViews website. Pretty fit after two weeks of intensive hill-walking, I pick up the pace in the second half of the walk and finish with a time under 7h30, i.e. a good hour less than the previous year !!

13 – Snowdon Badger Meeting, Snowdonia, Wales, 5. June

After a mere two hours’ sleep on the night ferry crossing from Dublin, I arrive early in the morning in Llanberis, in the mountain area of Snowdonia in N Wales. After a hearty breakfast I join Helen and Jay, whom I had met in the Lake District the previous year, and another ca. 50 “badgers” -named so because most of them wear a “Walk 1000 miles” badge (from the eponymous FB group, created by the famous British magazine Country Walking). All these walkers have one aim: climbing Mount Snowdon (1085m), highpoint of Wales, via the easiest way, the Llanberis Path -note that the event is organised independently from the magazine itself, and that everyone is aware and has agreed that they were responsible for their own safety. This does not prevent the composition of small groups which each include one experimented walker. I am thus in charge of leading Anna, Eli, Mandy and Janie to the summit. My task is mostly to encourage them, and also to reassure them in case something happens or the weather changes suddenly. Fortunately the weather remains glorious, and the ascent on the wide track offers no real difficulty apart from the distance and the fair amount of climbing. About halfway, Janie decides to join two other walkers with a similar, slower pace, but after reaching the top, I come back down about 100m to make sure she is getting there. We all get pretty emotional, as it is for most of them a big challenge to climb a proper mountain -all the more the highest in the British Isles outside Scotland- and I will never forget the happiness and pride of the last walkers as they reached the top. Another day filled with wonderful encounters, and a special thought for the other Helen, who had first launched the idea but had to give up halfway due to a reluctant knee, I know you will make it one day !!

14 – Glyderau, Snowdonia, Wales, 6. June

The next day I meet my friend Jay for a long hike across the Glyderau massif. The weather has turned hot, and after an out-and-back trip to Elidir Fawr (924m), Jay decides to turn back down and drive home. I continue on my own towards Y Garn (947m), but the rest of the route is bound to be more arduous. Ascending through the scree to the top of Glyder Fawr (1001m) is pretty tough-going, but what a vista from the top !! After a short scramble to climb the rocky outcrop of Castell-y-Gwynt, Glyder Fach (994m) is the last summit of a demanding hike. My quest to conquer all 15 Welsh +3000ft summits has truly started, but Tryfan (915m), which I should have climbed that day for the second time (first time was in 2004) will have to wait for another few days !!

15 – Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia, Wales, 8. June

After a well-earned day off I am back in the mountains. The challenge of the day: the Snowdon Horseshoe, definitely not a hard walk in terms of distance or amount of climbing, still the first part includes the traverse of the most famous arête in Britain, Crib Goch (923m). The first part of the scramble already gives me shivers, but the arête itself is even more impressive: to the right, a sheer drop of several hundred metres; to the left, the slope may not be vertical, but is scary enough. I first try to contour the arête to the left but as this sounds more dangerous, I am soon back on top of the knife’s edge. I sit down for a while to calm down a bit and watch the progress of a group of seven walkers supervised by a mountain leader. I decide to follow them but soon find out that on dry and solid rock and given the good weather conditions I actually feel more comfortable than them !! I pass them by as I reach the top and keep on walking until a series of pinnacles which I contour, suddenly totally alone in a desolated landscape !! Then comes the crux of the traverse: a treacherous scramble along the edge of a cliff and up the last pinnacle, followed by a short scramble down. After Crib Goch comes the long ascent towards Garnedd Ugain (1065m), with a few more bits of scrambling. From there it is then only a few minutes’ walk to Snowdon (1085m), which top I reach for the third time. The last part of the walk is the fun ascent of the twin peaks of Y Lliwedd (889 and 893m). An epic route with some breathtaking viewpoints, which was worth a video !!

16 – Carneddau, Snowdonia, Wales, 10. June

After having climbed Tryfan (915m) and a few other peaks the previous day, I still have 7 summits left out of the 15 Welsh +3000ft I had planned to ascend over the week. This is definitely going to be a long day, all the more because I have decided to enjoy a bit of scrambling as a starter, a famous yet not too frequented route, the spectacular arête of Llech Du. After leaving the main trail, the access to the beginning of the scramble is not obvious. Fortunately, I meet Alan, which steps I am happy to follow. There is also a couple with a dog behind us, but not another soul around !! The ascent proves to be pure delight as I feel really confident, although still very cautious. Alan and I get to chat a bit on the final part of the walk up Carnedd Dafydd (1044m, I must say it is rather nice to climb a mountain which bears my name !!), where we then part. I then take in the next 6 summits, including the mighty Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m). The last three do not require a lot of ascent though, and I still have enough time and energy left for another 4 new summits. I end up with a sunset from Gyrn Wigau (643m), which I had already climbed two years before with my son, to whom I send a video, feeling really emotional. With almost 35km, a total height gain of 1650m and 12 summits bagged in 11h, this is one of my biggest hikes of the year !!

17 – Ben Nevis via CMD (Carn Mor Dearg) arête, Scotland, 21. June

After a few days with my English family near London, it is time to head to Scotland !! The good weather allows me to enjoy five walks in five consecutive days. On the fourth day, I am off to climb Ben Nevis (1345m) for the second time (my first ascent dates back to 2003), this time via the famous CMD arête, a sharp-edged ridge which connects Carn Mor Dearg (1223m) to Ben Nevis. A long and spectacular route, yet with no technical scrambling and no real feeling of exposure. The terrain is demanding though. After an initial +770m to the Mountain Rescue Hut, the +450m off-track ascent to reach the main Carn Mor Dearg ridge are brutal, the steep slope reaching around 50% in places (that is about 25/27°), and the terrain on the final pull up Ben Nevis after the fun traverse of the arête mainly consists of boulders and scree. The highpoint of the UK will unfortunately not clear up completely, but the vistas during the ascent and descent will remain forever engraved in my memory. Once again, don’t hesitate to watch my video !!

18- Bidean nam Bian, Glencoe, Scotland, 22. June

The last Scottish outing of the season will prove to be as tough as the previous one, with a total amount of climbing also approaching 1600m. This hike will bring its lot of sensations: seldom had I felt such a feeling of remoteness and felt so small, in an incredibly imposing landscape. Reaching the flat and ominous Lost Valley, encircled with steep rocky slopes and where the stream disappears underground before reappearing further down is already intimidating. Then, just like the previous day, a +500m off-track slog awaits me, during which I have to contour a large herd of wild deer, to reach the cloudy Beinn Fhada ridge, where I then struggle a bit to find the (easy) scramble to the top of Stob Coire Sgreamhach (1072m), the first of the two munros of the day. And once up there it all becomes magical: the clouds start lifting, uncovering, just like the previous day, endless lines of mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. But the walk reaches its climax a little later, as I reach the highpoint of the Glencoe area. Bidean nam Bian (1150m) is a mythical and spectacular summit, and I quiver every time I say her name out loud; as for the vista, it is absolutely breathtaking !! I take the time to visit another few summits before descending for what seems like ages. I could not have dreamed of a better end to my trip !!

19 – Slieve Gullion, co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, 25. June

After my Scottish adventures I catch a ferry to Northern Ireland. A special duty awaits me: I am going to guide Didier and Alexis, from the Youtube channel “Chasseurs de Trésor” during five days in Ireland. They haven’t brought their metal detectors though as they know this activity is strictly forbidden on the Emerald Isle. But the island is swarming with ancient sites and archeological treasures which I am eager to show them. On our list: ruined abbeys, ancient crosses, forts, tumulus, carved stones, dolmens, stone circles… and an ancient passage tomb, located on top of Slieve Gullion (573m), highpoint of county Armagh. I had already climbed this summit a few years ago under the rain; but this time, the weather is fantastic (actually a scorcher !!) and they have brought their drone. There is a mere 200m to climb but the two lads are having a ball and pretend to faint every 10m. Once on the top, we visit the passage tomb which is at least… 5,000 years old !! Alexis and Didier will release a series of videos retracing their trip, including one which tells about this unforgettable ascent !!

20 – Tour d’Oueil-Larboust, Luchonnais, Central Pyrenees, 14. July

Back home after about three weeks away in the British Isles I am seriously thinking of completing a challenge walk in the Pyrenees. The Tour d’Oueil-Larboust has the required profile: this marked trail is usually done over two or three days, is (very) long (46km) and should enable me to beat my personal record in terms of height gain. I start at dawn, and immediately the route proves to be stunning, a mix of trails and farm tracks which run along the S side of the Montagne d’Espiau, with panoramic views over the +3000m peaks of the Luchonnais. But once I reach the village of Jurvielle, it is getting hot and I realise I may run short of food soon. Slow and steady wins the race, so I take my time in the long ascent to the Col du Lion (2031m), highpoint of the route. After resting my feet in the beautiful Lac de Bareilles, I take another break at the Port (col) de Balès (1775m), where I am fortunate enough to find a crepe truck !! Back on track and now through the clouds towards the Sommet d’Antenac (1990m), the only summit of the day, where the clouds finally lift. It is all downhill now, along the S ridge of Antenac, facing the Pico de Aneto and the Maladeta massif !! The end of the journey will be less easy and shady than expected, and after 13h15 walking and +2170m ascent I am back to the car, exhausted yet happy.

21 – Fei Sheehy Challenge, day 3 , Knockmealdowns, Munster province, Ireland, 19. August

My second participation in the Fei Sheehy Challenge confirms my good condition, with the previous year’s times significantly shortened on the first two days. On the third day -the Knockmealdown crossing- the glorious weather contrasts with the previous edition’s downpour. Feeling in good shape I make a few short detours to add a few new summits to my collection and end up climbing all the summits along the way, most of which are usually contoured during the challenge. Despite all the detours I finish with just an extra hour compared to the previous year’s time in the driving rain, but most of all with a big smile on my face and the joy of having had once again the chance to take part in this unique event in Ireland, three days filled with encounters and sharing with the cream of the Irish hill-walkers !!

22 – Pic du Sarrasi, Ariège, Pyrenees, 31. August/1. September

After having had the pleasure to take my good friend Alexandre and his two kids on top of Mount Brandon (952m) and Carrauntoohill (1038m) in Ireland, I am back in the Pyrenees, with my son this time. A very special moment as we are off for a wild camp on the Pic de Sarrasi (2213m), a minor parent peak of the Pique d’Endron (2472m), located above the tiny ski resort of Goulier-Neige in Ariège. As we make our way through the clouds, my son is a bit apprehensive about the steep slopes on either sides of the trail. The latter offers no real difficulty apart from its gradient. Once on the top he is reassured when I show him the grassy bit of flat ground where we are going to pitch our tent before the nightfall. This is quickly done and we are soon wrapped up inside, ready to devour our hot dinner. After a quiet night we wake up to a magical scenery, with a cloud inversion lingering on one side of the ridge and lifting on the other side, uncovering an amazing vista. As we start our descent via another route, the clouds are back, but it does not last and we end our walk under a glorious sunshine, before driving down to the village of Vicdessos for lunch. An unforgettable experience for both of us !!

23 – Pic de Lustou, Central Pyrenees, 11. September

Not intending to end the season without having climbed a +3000m peak, I head for the Pic de Lustou (3023m). I stop for two nights at a campsite near St-Lary-Soulan, as to avoid a long drive before the walk. The ascent is never-ending and relentless, on a good trail which ends up disappearing as the ground gets rockier. I meet a trail runner and we have a quick chat. He then runs ahead. I meet him again further up, just below the final rocky arête. He is unsure as to go any higher. Some scrambling is now required and the top of the arête is rather airy. I head up first and show him some alternatives to the airy bits. He will finally give up, only about 60m below the summit. I finish off the ascent on my own, and despite the clouds barring the views on one side, I can enjoy a breathtaking vista, only a few kilometres away from the three Pics de Batoua which I had climbed the previous year !! Another fantastic summit and another video !!

24 – Cap Nestès-Montagne d’Areng, Central Pyrenees, 30. September

Back in the Nistos area for a recce walk, which enables me to discover one part of the endless ridge which runs between the village of Nistos and the Col de Peyresourde, a route which I intend to complete as a challenge walk. As it often happens, the clouds start lifting as I make my way up, with some of them persistently clinging to the mountainside here and there, a photographer’s delight !!

25 – Pic de Pichaley, Central Pyrenees, 3. October

A hike starting from the Col de Portet (2215m) with my friend Alexandre. A beautiful day awaits, with a beautiful summit too, the Pic de Pichaley (2626m). After visiting two minor tops we can enjoy the wonderful vista from the main summit of the day. The descent to the Col de Bastan (2481m) turns out to be tricky due to the unstable terrain, but the last part of the walk, along the Lacs de Bastan and above the Lac de l’Oule, with the +3000m of the Néouvielle in the distance, is purely delightful.

26 – Mont Valier, Ariège, Pyrenees, 23./24. October

Climbing the iconic Mont Valier (2838m), one of the main peaks in Ariège, free of snow at the end of October, who would have thought ? But with a glorious weather, hard to resist the call of a last epic climb !! A long haul to the refuge on the first day, where I meet two other solo walkers, a cold night in the winter refuge, and I head for the Petit Valier (2736m) with one of them, Gauthier. Back to the col with the main top, we meet another hiker, Nico, who joins us on the final ascent. He has come the whole way up from the valley, i.e. about 1900m height gain in one go !! The last metres are steep, but the vista definitely meets our expectations, absolutely breathtaking !! Gauthier has planned to spend another night at the refuge, so I head back down with Nico, via another route, even more beautiful and remote, but longer as well. We end up the walk at nightfall and enjoy a wee beer together !!

27 – Na Sléibhte club walk, Wicklow Mountains, co. Wicklow, Ireland, 10. November

Back in Ireland in November, I join my friends from the Na Sléibhte Hill-walking Club for a long hike across the Wicklow Mountains, S of Dublin. The route includes the crossing of wide peat fields and the ascent of nine summits, of which the second and third highest of the massif, Mullaghcleevaun (849m) and Tonelagee (812m). A dull day but a beautiful walk in excellent company, with my friends Daniel and Ulla, which will end in the dark. And six new summits in the bag as a bonus !!

28 – Meelbeg-Doan, Mourne Mountains, co. Down, Northern Ireland, 18. November

A superb route in the photogenic Mourne Mountains, S of Belfast, with two locals, my friends Daniel and Steven. Six summits, of which four new ones for me, under a glorious sunshine and strong winds. The first three summits are easily accessed by following the Mourne Wall, a dry-stone wall built between 1904 and 1922 as to protect the water of the Silent Valley reservoirs from a possible contamination by animal faeces. As we pass by the edge of the wall near the summit of Meelmore (680m), we are literally blown away by the gusty wind and abandon the idea to continue to Slieve Bearnagh (739m) and its N Tor, which final ascent requires a bit of scrambling that would be evidently too risky under such conditions. We thus head down to the S and continue towards the two isolated summits of Ben Crom (524m) and Doan (594m), which despite being lower than the three previous ones are both fabulous promontories located in the heart of the massif. On the way back we take a slight detour to a last summit. Another grand day out in excellent company !!

29 – Drumnalifferny, Derryveagh Mountains, co. Donegal, Ireland, 25. November

I could not end the year without a mandatory visit to county Donegal and to my friends who live there. And even if they are not into hiking, this does not prevent me to go for a few walks. That day, the aim is to climb a +500m summit which has recently been added to the MountainViews website list, the only one I haven’t climbed in N Donegal: Drumnalifferny NE Top (585m). Only a short walk, but on rough terrain, in my favourite part of Ireland. An endless expanse of wet moorland, a mix of long grass, heather and rock, which amazing colours are enhanced by the sunlight peering through the clouds. 3h50 of pure delight, with a real feeling of remoteness, in a breathtaking scenery, with, only a few kilometres away, the volcano-looking Mount Errigal (751m), one of the most iconic mountains in Ireland and highpoint of co. Donegal, this isolated area which has remained so wild and so authentic, arguably the most beautiful and varied county of the Emerald Isle…

30 – St-Bertrand-de-Comminges-Lortet mega-loop, Northern Pyrenees, 23. December

Back in France I am determined to finish the year in style. I have never completed a hike during which I was able to admire both sunrise and sunset. Moreover, walking several hours by night, all the more on a marked trail is not an issue for me. Only two days after the winter solstice, I begin the longest and hardest hike I have ever done. 63km, 2400m height gain, 17h30 walking, of which several hours at night. Starting at 7.00am and ending at 0.30am. The route starts in St-Bertrand-de-Comminges and mainly follows a mix of forest roads and trails to Nistos and further on to Lortet, before returning via the GR78. The only off-track bit takes me to the highpoint of the walk, the Cap d’Estivère (1211m). But this part of the walk will prove to be trickier than expected, with a final ascent along the steep sides of a sharp-edged ridge, where I have to find my way across box-trees and other low trees. The descent is not much better, with some tracks shown on the map missing on the ground. The night is about to fall as I reach the village of Lortet, where I stop for a snack. I ask one of the residents for tap water and his eyes widen when I tell him where I am coming from and where I am going, now in the dark… The return will demand a lot of concentration as not to lose trace of the GR, which winds its way across forests, pastures and villages. I end the walk exhausted but exhilarated, under the full moon (one of the factors taken into account while planning the walk) and the stars. The best end to an amazing year !!