For thousands of years, large and cumbersome ‘racket’ snowshoes were absolute necessities to move around in snowy landscapes, to hunt, trap, communicate, discover and survive.

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Today’s snowshoes are lightweight and easily manoeuvrable, making you feel as if you are floating across the snow, and snowshoeing has become a fun, low impact exercise – the perfect way to visit the winter wonderland of the high Pyrenees.

For an added dimension to your walk, why not explore the mountains with a qualified guide? Do you know how to tell if a squirrel is left or right handed from the way it eats a pinecone? Or the difference between the way finches and tits eat a hazelnut? Can you identify hare and fox tracks in the snow? Do you wonder about the origins of a church or the name of familiar wildflower and butterfly, or worry about getting lost, or caught out in a thunderstorm?

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An International Mountain Leader (IML) will plan your itinerary, animate your walk, take pleasure in introducing you to the mountains, inspire, educate and above all, provide a safe way to enjoy a potentially dangerous environment.

Contact Mike on mike.rhodes@free.fr or by phone 0468043728 if you would like to join in a walk.

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