Last weekend, I was invited for a hike over the Pyrenees into Val d’Arran area of Spain by my new local friends. I jumped at the opportunity, dribbling, since I’ve always wanted to try winter alpine climbing but I didn’t know anyone experienced and willing to take a novice like me. But here was someone who grew up locally and had years of hard climbing under his belt. And luckily two weeks of overcast, misty weather cleared for the two days and we were good to go. Minus 4 degrees at ground level with hard frost.
I’ve learnt how to walk safely on snow, what are the basic dangers of descent and how to read the terrain by quite literally walking in the foot steps. Apart from super intense muscle aches that lasted for the next three days, I’m absolutely revitalised and can’t wait for another trip. Thanks guys!!