Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Safe snowshoeing (1): Cautionary tales

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Snowshoeing near Chioula (Aude)

Snowshoeing near Chioula (Aude)

 

The last time I organised a snowshoeing expedition in the Pyrenees, I mucked up. We arrived at our destination over three hours late, in the dark.

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Pic des Sept Hommes (Canigou massif)

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Unmanned hut (refuge forestier) at Mariailles

Unmanned hut (refuge forestier) at Mariailles

 

When I stayed at the unmanned Pla Guilhem hostel last year, I said to myself I would come back when the vast plateau was covered in snow. Yesterday I was there again. (more…)

It’s not about the view: Canigou in winter

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
On the summit (2786m)

On the summit (2786m)

 

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‘It is the path to the top which gives meaning to the summit. Without the experience of the voyage, the summit is meaningless. It is only a viewpoint. The path up the mountain fuses the sensations and experiences of our inner voyage with the grandeur of the exterior.’

‘La cumbre mística’
Revista Voluntad, 22
1 October 1920

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“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

I saw this graffiti on a wall in Spain recently and have adopted it as a motto. If I just repeat what I have done before am I really alive?

So you’re going to take up hang gliding, suggested my sister. No. I’m going to climb Canigou, I say. But you’ve done it before, often. Never in winter. Winter’s different.

Last Thursday the avalanche risk was an exceptionally low two out of five. How about this weekend, I asked friends. Two of them agreed.

 

Picnic in the forest

Picnic in the forest

 

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