Well, all safely back to base. 2 hours up, plus stopping time for lunch and admiring of views, then only 15 minutes to get back
Well worth the effort!
Safer walking up this, it’s very icy!
4.25 miles and 700m. I might get short changed on the climb, I think there is only another 100m to go. Bit windy but still
Meet Esther, Marion and Francois – I did! They walked up the same way I have come. Now about 500m up, so around half way.
Climb now starting to pick up, maybe 10% average here. Given that this is probably how the piste bashers get up, it could get a
Starting to gain some height now. Fairly gentle grade and he surface has improved somewhat.
No warm up here, straight onto a service track for the ski lifts, boulders everywhere and the back wheel is already spinning.
Ready for the off, 1000m of ascent awaits. Will he make it? Follow along with the live blogging this afternoon!
St-Jean-Pied-de-Port was actually a pretty nice looking place. A castle the top of the hill (now more of a grand house), and several narrow, winding