Category Archives: rock

It ain’t easy..

It’s not easy..to have fun..while wrapped up in a global pandemic ..but it can be done. 2019-20, the year of Covid, was also Tino’s eleventh year of life. And it wasn’t easy, a truly horrendous Winter and then almost three … Continue reading

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Cool Summer so far..

What a strange year it’s been so far! Summery conditions to start the year, days and days of sun in January followed by a week of Winter at the month’s end, with rain and snowfall. Then two almost completely dry, … Continue reading

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Luck and Cap de Llauset – they seem to go together!

Back at Cap de Llauset in the month of May once more..and once more with a weather forecast that left a lot to be desired. And once more, luck was on our side.. ‘audaces fortuna iuvat’ maybe? The proverb dating … Continue reading

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Summer in Éireann..agus in Árainn, part II

Bad weather is probably not often a good thing when you’re on holiday..but it has its advantages sometimes, at least with regard to outdoor tourism. If you don’t mind getting out when it’s grey or wet, then you’ll probably find … Continue reading

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Cold Spring Days in Picos de Europa

Another return to Winter really..more than cold Spring days. Unusual for mid-May, though not unheard of. The weather forecast was merely discouraging when we set out for Cantabria on Friday..and then it got worse, and worse. Though in the end … 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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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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Snow and stone

Uncanny, the way in which snow transforms that which it touches, be it trees, water, buildings, rocks or whatever. The Earth’s surface in general, whether it be a flat extension such as a field with a few trees around its … Continue reading

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Dancing into France!

A short video from our Pyrenean Summer, celebrating the moment of my son’s first steps into the nation on the other side, at 2444m thru Puerto de Benasque..could we call this high-stepping? Don’t blink or you’ll miss it – at … Continue reading

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Kid climber..and kool Summer

The end of Summer and early Autumn has always been, for me, the time of year best suited to rock climbing..no snow as in Winter-Spring, no Pyrenean or Alpine trips as in Spring-Summer, generally dry and warm weather in central … Continue reading

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