Snow Shoeing

Snowshoeing and Afghanistan

Snowshoe day trips out to Marcadau Valley and Hautacam Nov 2010.

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Let it snow….

 Last weekend brought us a much-needed and much-appreciated snowfall. Waking up to blue skies against the backdrop of freshly whitened summits, we couldn’t resist an outing…… 4-wheel drive pram ready and baby wrapped up, we left from our doorstep in the

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Bareges snow-shoeing

Sunday 24th Jan 2010 Yesterday we left from Barèges with admittedly un-bountiful snow cover but enough to put on our  snow shoes and climb up the path as far as « Chez Louisette ». Along the way we could see the numerous shepherds’

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Encantats

Jan 2011 Sacha and I have just come back from a fabulous reconnaissance trek on snow shoes in the Encantats (part of the Aigües Tortes National Park in Spain).  We were blessed with 5 days of pure blue skies, pure powder

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Great Winter Photos

I’ve just found some fabulous photos of a ski touring trip up into the Marcadau and Oulettes valleys above Cauterets.  They are on the blog of Philippe Quaglia, which is found here. Mandy’s Marcadau hut trip up to Refuge Wallon and

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Hautacam

We made the most of the fresh powder with a snow-shoe afternoon to the spectacular heights of “Hautacam” (high place in local dialect). With Sian from the Templiers and a group of keen Australians who had never tried such an activity

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School snow shoe outing

I was out in the mountains this week with a group of 10 year olds for a « classe de neige ». Oh joy to be in the mountains instead of in the classroom!  They were full of beans as we put on

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Nature this month

Mandy took our friend Hamish out for a snowshoe on the Hautacam ridge.  From here you have spectacular views of the higher peaks of the Pyrenees, and you can also see the plain around Tarbes.  Its the perfect birds-eye view of

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Encantats Snowshoe Trek

March 2012. After doing a proper reccie in 2011 we finally got a group together for Feb 2012 for an exceptional snow shoe adventure in the Spanish Aigues Tortes National Park. Thanks to John and Helen for being the enthusiastic

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Encantats Snowshoeing Trek in Irelands Sunday Business Post

Spain’s enchanted lake district 03:52, 16 December 2012 by Mandy Latchford Irishwoman Mandy Latchford works as a mountain leader in the Pyrenees for Pyrenean Odysseys. Here, she tells about escaping the ski resorts in favour of a snowshoeing trek in Spain’s

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Highlights Winter 2013

Pyrenean Mountain Tours / Pyrenean Odysseys ski touring partnership The end of our first season offering and managing Pyrenean Mountain Tours ski touring program has arrived, even if there is still plenty of snow out there to be skiing on! We

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Autumn falls, first snows

Wake early. Throw back the shutters. Lying in bed watching the snowflakes softly tumble from the slate grey sky. No secret what it all means. I’ve heard the storks overhead in the night, flying south to sunnier climbs. I’ve felt the

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Encantats Snowshoe Trek

Thanks Andy for the photos. Some extreme snow conditions proved challenging and the group were rewarded with wonderful blue skies and plenty of lovely powdery snow. The enchanted Encantats lives up to its name as always, providing a fantastic setting for

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European Snow Forecast

Will it snow this winter?? If climatologists and meteorologists could predict the harshness of the winter season with any accuracy airlines, hydropower plants, fuel suppliers, road maintenance teams, and us, the general public, would all save a great deal of time

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Apocalyptic Snow Feb 2015

Crazy snow conditions early Feb 2015 For those of you who didn’t follow the whole episode intently on social media here is a taste of the madness. From James Connaughton, intrepid Aussie photographer in the valley, came the first lot of

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Winter Newsletter 2015

Why March is perfect for snowshoeing and ski touring Inspired by a question from a South Australian client about whether March was too late in the season for snowshoeing I thought I’d give an idea about why March is actually a

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Winter Newsletter 2016

Winter forecast, avalanche science and neurotransmitters at altitude It seems pertinent to be writing about the 2016 winter forecast during COP21 in Paris. Here’s hoping some sensible, and radical, propositions can be agreed upon so our ski fields survive into the

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Early January Winter Revitilise

A great week despite the patchy snow! Two Australian guests took advantage of our Winter Revitalise week in early January. Staying in Blue Cairn Cottage, we can organise this week from two people only – you have  Beginning each day with

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