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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..

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

Mountain skiing in Spain – or just simply skiing in Spain – much better than the Maladetas, you just don’t get.. still close to 1400m of descent, and multiple 1200m descents, in the middle of May. Add up to half … 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 good..to 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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February was the month of..the World’s Ball!

The Winter of 2016-17 is shaping up to be one of the poorer, and stranger, ones of recent times. Generally low snowfall and mild temps from December thru March have made it poor, and the directions of the prevailing winds … Continue reading

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Western Pyrenees, Pico Bisaurín

After years of going to the mountains alone – very often – or occasionally with a partner, i recently joined a club and have rediscovered the curious experience of heading for the hills in the company of twenty or more … Continue reading

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