Left: snow-shoeing in perfect conditions at Ax les Thermes
Then things perked up nicely for the end of the month - it was a balmy 17C on the 1st of February which was a treat.
We have arranged to meet a jolly team from Sheffield in Sicily later this month, the guidebook has arrive (looks great with loads to go at) the flights and accommodation are organised; they are opening the campsite just for us! Now it is just a matter of getting a bit fitter to make the most of the visit - three days out on the local crags and a session on the bouldering wall have hopefully laid a small foundation.
Right: Mint conditions at Auzat
The Blanca guidebook should be printed in a couple of weeks - our biggest book ever. It has been out of print for a good few months and the Spanish winter sun/rock season is in full swing - so lets hope it starts flying off the shelves. The Ariège guide appears to have been well received - even by the locals - which is nice.