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About coldspringdays

Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..

Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica I, Blue

The natural phenomenon that is Pyrenees, tectonic collision by-product, geological immensity, inexhaustible mountain range that separates Iberia from the rest of Europe.. And just that same central chunk that i have already visited so many times.. and still so many … Continue reading

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Sizzling Summer

Summer has arrived. And how? Sweating, sweltering, sizzling,.. superhot. Here in the center of Spain we’ve been suffering a two-week heatwave that started on the 10th of June and is set to continue several days yet. It’s been the hottest … Continue reading

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Much better than the Maladetas, it doesn’t get..

Mountain skiing in Spain – or just simply skiing in Spain – much mo’ better than the Maladetas, ya just don’t get.. still close to 1400m of descent, and multiple 1200m descents, in the middle of May. Add up to … Continue reading

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Maladetas from Barrancs

This Easter, Semana Santa as it’s known locally, i figured it was about time i made a visit to the upper Benasque Valley, with its Maladetas, its moribund glaciers..and its 1000+ meter descents everywhere you look. I’ve been a regular … Continue reading

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Gredos, ski traverse of the Three Cirques

La Sierra de Gredos, West Central Spain, abrupt, rugged, alpine in character..its high ground though arid in Summer often accumulates meters of snow in Winter..aside the single road that penetrates to its interior it offers only difficult access to humans … Continue reading

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Wonderful luck with the weather in Pyrenees, Valle de Eriste and Tuca de Torets

Last weekend the weather forecast for the Pyrenees was not very put it mildly. Saturday 1st of April promised rain at lower elevations, snowfall, colder temps, wind and heavy cloud higher up. Maybe the forecasters were playing at April … Continue reading

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Wintry day ski to Collado de Dos Hermanas

One Saturday in early March after fresh snowfall, we set out en famille from Cotos with the objective of reaching the col between my beloved Hermanas, the twin peaks that precede Peñalara and figure among the most accessible of the … Continue reading

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