February Welcomes Winter

February 13, 2012

It took its time, but winter finally arrived in the southernmost region of France. The last two weeks have brought freezing weather here in the Pyrenees-Orientales, with lots of cheap citrus fruits flooding the market. Alain and I hiked into the Alberes mountains behind our village last Saturday. We started from our apartment at about 100 meters above sea level and climbed to 925 meters. Our water bottles froze and the thermometer on my compass read 20 degrees Fahrenheit at the top. I’m pretty sure it didn’t account for the windchill factor, which honest and true, stopped us in our tracks like a wall on several occasions.

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4 Responses to “February Welcomes Winter”

  1. Matt said

    Looks like some great ice-climbing conditions!

  2. Would love being able to watch the whole process that eventually turned that waterfall into an ice wall. But even the view of the final outcome (without the in-between process) must have been magnificent, I reckon. Thanks for sharing!

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