28-Sep-2007 -- Autumn is always the adequate time for travelling around south of France – not only to stroll up some picturesque vineyards. It is also the busy hunting season. On my way to catch the zeroes of 43°N 1°E, I took the road from St-Girons, turned into the D 33 to Cazavete and later on into the road to Saleige (like Yves Deswarte described in his report). I left the car on the beginning of a small forest road, 550 m east of 43°N 1°E. The CP is situated in a dense forest near the summit of a steep mountain in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The picture was taken looking to the CP-area from 5 km east.
Unlike Yves I decided to take the direct way to my target and dived into the trees 450 m east of the CP, where I caught the “zeroes” of 43°N. I “worked” my way in western direction up the hill and through the bushes as good as possible. It was a sweaty job and not really to recommend. At least I made it by following the traces of the deer, finding always a gap through the thicket.
It took me nearly one hour and was recompensed, when I found the CP on a clearer part of the forest. The GPS-signal was week anyway, but I could figure out the spot within more or less 10 meters on an altitude of 835 m.
For the way back I took another route, more to the northern direction. After 150 m gliding down the steep slope I was lucky again by finding a marked path along the dense part of the forest, concurrently marking the border of the forest-district. The path led down to the forest road, approx. 1 km away from my car. So the way was a little longer but a lot more comfortable and I reached my starting point in half the time.
All in all the visit formed a nice challenge in the foothills of the Pyrenees.