Good morning weather but the mist came back at times in the afternoon. A long 1574m climb to the Col d’Ilhéou at 2242m, then a short descent to an isolated refuge on Lac d’Ilhéou at 1988m for the night.
The first part of the day was up and down through farm land to the popular Lac d’Estang. Then the climb. I was very tired by lunch, kicked off my boots and soaked my feet in a cool stream before marching on after a good break. The mist arrived just as I reached the col.
I reached the refuge about 4:00. Very small and full. It is off the grid at the end of a rough 4wd track. Minimal facilities, solar panels, no wifi, very weak phone signal, barely strong enough to send a text message. But the three people running it are hospitable and it was a fun evening. The setting beside an alpine lake is spectacular.