Tag Archives: Pyrenees

11 Mountaineering Preparations

1. Introduction

Mountaineering is a dangerous pastime, make no mistake about it.

Last weekend I suffered a fall in the Dolomites in South Tyrol and badly injured my left arm (and literally spilled my blood at the mountain), yet training and a fair share of luck saved me from far worse injuries.

So now is as good a time as any to give some information and guidance as to hazard read more

Sentier Cathare and Montségur

Table of contents

Traveling in France

Castle Foix
The village of Roquefixade
Montségur

Conclusion

Traveling in France

If you have followed this blog-project for a while you might think I am a kind of travel-veteran who probably has plenty of good travel stories in mind (all worth writing about, of course).

This would indeed be a cool thing, but I have to admit that this is unfortunately not … read more

Comfort zone crusher: Col du Tourmalet

Table of contents

  1. Prologue
  2. The Pyrenees
  3. Col du Tourmalet
  4. Hunt for the Col
  5. Epilogue

1. Prologue

I am on around 1300 meters altitude and the snow is glittering in the early afternoon sun.

It is the beginning of December, but I am wearing a simple cotton T-shirt while standing at the roadside ditch, my hands on the handlebar of my MTB.

As I was climbing up this mountain half an … read more