It had been a visit filled with firsts after we efficiently conquered the skies in our tandem parachute jump and traversed the rocks of Sant Feliu de Guíxols utilizing a Via Ferrata. And with climbing, kayaking and mountain biking additionally within the bag, it was one of the crucial energetic excursions we’ve had in a very long time. Fairly totally different from lounging on a seaside within the Maldives, that’s for certain – and we weren’t finished but!
Joined as soon as once more by our good good friend, fellow blogger and journey companion Lydia, our sights had been set on our first snowshoeing journey, up into the mountains of the Pyrenees. We had been on our approach to a spot referred to as Vall de Núria (Valley of Núria), accessible solely by railway and footpath and a website of historic spiritual significance and pilgrimage. As soon as once more, we set out early from our base in Girona to benefit from the day.
Into the Mountains
We boarded the practice to our vacation spot which winds its method up into the Pyrenees, a forty-minute journey by beautiful surroundings. From the consolation of our seats, we took within the alpine panorama unfolding earlier than us exterior the practice home windows. Craggy mountains dotted with coniferous forests and scree-covered slopes bathed in vibrant daylight from a superb blue sky.
As we rattled alongside the tracks, we might sometimes go dashing waterfalls and white-water rivers, heartily fed by the winter’s melting snow – one thing unimaginable to see.
It was a practice journey that we’d have fortunately doubled in size, however earlier than we knew it we had been stepping onto the platform of the Vall de Núria station. We must always actually take this chance to say that we had been accompanied by Damià, our guide for the day, and he took us to his workplace close by for a boosting breakfast. Snowshoeing is an energy-sapping exercise, so we loaded up on ham and cheese baguettes, fruit and loads of water. We’re had been going to wish it!
Getting the Gear On
Shortly after our morning feed, Damià supplied us with our gear for the day. Snowshoes and strolling poles, sunscreen (very important while you’re uncovered at excessive altitudes) and sun shades. Effectively, for me anyway, as a result of I’d forgotten my very own pair!
Eye safety can also be essential because the solar may be blinding off the white snow – an ideal reflector that may injury your eyes and REALLY damage your day. It was nice they’d spares for forgetful varieties like me!
Shedding the Layers
It was fascinating to notice that when we’d placed on all our heat clothes, together with hats and scarves, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than we’d taken them off once more. Believing it to nonetheless be chilly within the mountains, we’d come ready, however the mixture of vibrant, heat daylight and the exertion that snowshoeing calls for, quickly had us sweating buckets and right down to lighter layers. Cez was even in his T-shirt at one level! We actually didn’t want half the stuff we introduced with us!
Breath-taking in Many Methods
The surroundings was as soon as once more lovely to behold as we huffed and puffed our method into the mountains, making it actually and figuratively breath-taking. The climate was good and it was superb to be out in such uplifting environment, though it definitely was a problem studying learn how to snowshoe. It was a blessing that we stopped at common intervals to snap some pics and fill our lungs with the thinning air.
It’s Snow Joke!
It seems that snowshoeing is much more difficult than it seems to be. It’s not the widespread false impression that it’s a pair of tennis racquets strapped to your toes; as there’s a method that you must grasp in an effort to make first rate progress and never run out of steam. I struggled to maintain my steadiness, transferring slowly and tediously with all of the grace of a drunken elephant. The view was very nice although!
Cez faired little higher (though significantly higher than me) whereas Lydia as soon as once more took all of it in her stride. Alongside the best way, we chatted with Damià and loved the panorama whereas attempting our very hardest to not fall over. This endeavour yielded blended outcomes.
A Valiant Effort
Effectively, we gave it a shot and whereas the corporate and information of Damià was charming, snowshoeing isn’t one thing we’d be in a rush to do once more.
We’d heartily advocate for anybody to strive it because it’s an fascinating expertise, however I feel it will be extra appropriate for many who can actually nail the strolling approach and keep their steadiness. It’s a incredible work out although, and also you’re going to have buns of metal when you do that commonly!
Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees was a enjoyable day trip, however there was nothing left within the tank on the finish and we’re positively going to sleep tonight! We bid our farewells to Damià and returned by way of practice for our final night time in Spain, drained however comfortable.
Our Costa Brava adventure is drawing to an in depth and residential is looking. At the least for a short time anyway!
Have you ever ever tried snowshoeing? Tell us when you discovered it as difficult as we did!