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Stormy Spring skiing

Since early May we’ve had weeks of cloudy skies with storms in the afternoon or late evening – and sometimes in the morning too. While temperatures have remained relatively cool, the amount of water falling from the skies has made … 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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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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Hoping for a cool Autumn, and looking back at Spring..

The rain comes gently tripping down..sweet and soft, on to the augusted, thirsty and exhausted earth. After a very hot Summer, September is cooling down nicely..to the relief of many who know that Central Spain’s Summers often protract into the … Continue reading

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The Alps III – France

On the morning of April 16 we drove from Switzerland via Martigny and le Col de la Forclaz to Argentière in France. Argentière is a small town located in the upper Chamonix valley, and it has a cable-way that goes … Continue reading

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The Alps II – Italy

We arrived in the village of La Fouly, still in Switzerland, about midday on Monday 14 April. This place has a very dramatic backdrop of Alpine peaks and glaciers scraping the sky 2.2km above the town. Since we were going … Continue reading

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The Alps I – Switzerland

Until last week i hadn’t been to the Alps for almost four years, either due to injury or other factors..so i set off eagerly with my snowboarder buddy Marcos the weekend before Easter. We travelled by car, Marcos driving stoically … Continue reading

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Happy Paddy’s Day

I had quite a happy St Patrick’s Day..and i didn’t down seventeen pints of Guinness or a bottle and a half of Irish whiskey (traditional forms of “celebrating” the day in Éireann).. No, i just got my skis out and … Continue reading

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Steep ski: Hermana Menor East and Sister’s Gully..corn harvest!

Great conditions in the Peñalara area at the moment, both for more relaxed skiing due to the new snow from last weekend and also for steep lines thanks to the so-called “spring” state of the snow on East faces..a condition … Continue reading

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