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The End of the Road

August 6, 2010 6:21 am

Despite the best efforts of the storms, the snow, a bear and all those ridiculous mountains someone put in the way, I arrived back at sea-level yesterday at 16:20, just over 7 weeks after leaving Hendaye. The journey (which was roughly 800km with 40,000m of climbing) took 50 days, 20 hours and 50 minutes in… Read more

Canigou baby, yeah!

August 2, 2010 7:50 pm

When I left Estany Bleu, my home on Friday night, I climbed back onto the ridge I’d been following from the top of the VallĂ©e d’Eyne, and carried on heading east. The guidebook suggested dropping down to Refuge Ull de Terr but I’d been advised to stick to the ridge, so I bagged a few… Read more

Section Four – Complete

July 27, 2010 7:17 am

The weather has been a constant source of concern now for the forty-three days since I began walking at the Atlantic (I may have already mentioned it once or twice) but one thing we haven’t had to deal with too much so far is extreme temperatures. The last few days though have been grey, windy… Read more

The Perfect Storm

July 23, 2010 8:46 pm

During the first ten days I got used to walking in the rain, but I never had to pack up and set off in the rain, partly due to luck and partly because I stayed in refuges so much. For some reason walking in the rain is OK, but setting off is a different matter…. Read more

Half Way Storm

July 11, 2010 9:02 pm

Today was a momentous day, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I’ve now completed 23 stages and have 22 to go, so I’m counting down the days to Banyuls. Secondly, it was the fourth and final of the extreme grade days, so from here on things should be a little bit easier. Unfortunately, just as… Read more

Beaucoup de Vent

July 9, 2010 5:35 pm

Two things happened after I wrote yesterday’s post. The first was that I did actually manage to swim (a single stroke) in our icy lake. The second was that the sun disappeared and we experienced the biggest storm we’ve seen so far. So don’t believe anything you read on this blog. The storm had been… Read more

The Mighty Face Flannel

June 28, 2010 2:19 pm

Ford Prefect almost got it right when he advised Arthur Dent that a towel was the most important thing to take with him, but personally I’d always take a face flannel if space or weight were restricted. The flannel has proved its worth time and again: you can wash with limited water supplies, e.g. using… Read more

There is a risk. Would you like a lift?

June 27, 2010 7:30 pm

Spending a couple of months walking 800km solo across the Pyrenees brings with it the odd risk, but I’ve done what I can to reduce with the risks I know about. The only thing I’m not sure how to deal with is bears, but I read a leaflet last night that said stand up tall… Read more

The first orage

June 26, 2010 1:08 pm

When I first arrived in Lescun on Thursday, I met an American couple outside the post office, who told me that England had drawn their third match of the World Cup and been knocked out. I don’t know whether that was an honest mistake or a wind-up, but it wasn’t until Klaas showed me the… Read more

This is more like it…

June 23, 2010 5:00 pm

After days of miserable weather in the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, the last couple of days have finally provided some proper mountains and some fantastic views. You’ll have to take my word for it I’m afraid as the phone charge situation is still bad, but I’ll upload some photos when I get to a… Read more

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