The mountains of the #Pyrenees take your breath away with their beauty at this time of year. You don’t ski? Come and try snowshoeing instead. It’s a great way to get high and it can be a great workout too. We’re now taking bookings for short breaks and week long snowshoeing trips through until the end of March. Come and play!
Meet Ros. Ros is a bit of a legend. ..... I first met her when she came down to the Pyrenees for our women’s #MTB week 2 years ago. She’s 60 something and yet she puts riders half her age to shame! ..... She’s visited various parts of the Pyrenees over the years and is totally smitten by this unspoilt mountain range. Sound familiar?! ..... As well as sharing our love for adventuring she also shares our passion for the wildlife and flora here. Not surprisingly she’s now become a good friend. ..... It has been great to join her on her latest solo visit this week as we made the most of the glorious weather here. ..... Meeting such wonderful people is one of the many highlights of my life!
I dare you to up the volume to watch this vid! This is Yin, mum to three young girls. She’s one gutsy lady and pushed her limits to the max on the family’s multi activity adventure holiday last summer. It took every last ounce of her courage to step off that platform on this rope swing which is the grand finale of the fab fun tree climbing experience. But she did it! When she came back down to earth she said “That was the most scary but the most fun thing I have ever done in my life!” When was the last time you pushed your limits?!
#Mountainmonday and the #Pyrenees look stunning under these blue skies, don’t you think? There is no better feeling than to reach your high point on a mountain hike and to soak up that #inyourfacemountains view! Are you as excited as I am about the endless possibilities for #PYRadventures in these mountains?
It was one of those pinch yourself days. What amazing weather we’re enjoying at the moment! Former client but now good friend @pambee0123 is back for more #PYRadventures, not that she’s smitten by the #Pyrenees or anything! Whilst the valleys were cloaked in a grey, cold, damp cloud inversion we enjoyed glorious sunshine ☀️ on our hike up to Pic de Girantes 2088m. Conditions are set to remain stable for at least another week. Fancy a last minute break? Get in touch and come and enjoy some of this for yourself 👍😀☀️⛰
Wow, this year has flown by! Has it been the same for you?⠀ ...⠀ So, whilst Instagram has very kindly suggested our #bestnine2018 images, I'd prefer to create my own montage. ⠀ ...⠀ This one is based not on Likes and Interactions, but on some of my more memorable moments from 2018.⠀ ...⠀ 1- one of the highlights of every adventure year here in the #Pyrenees is the great fun women's #MTB weeks that we coordinate in the Luchon area. Full of laughs, support and encouragement, new friendships are formed and riding buddies made. Roll on July 2019!⠀ -⠀ 2 - it was a huge pleasure to welcome George back to the Pyrenees for more horse trekking adventures this summer. We're already planning something very special for his 2019 trek!⠀ -⠀ 3 - thanks to a contact made via this fun group of dads and their lads, we're now developing adventurous stays for the less abled, which is really exciting!⠀ -⠀ 4 - when adventurous social media contacts become friends... it was fantastic to finally meet Lucy and her adventure-loving family this summer⠀ -⠀ 5 - we welcomed a record number of #singleparent families to the Pyrenees this year, mainly #singledads too. It was a joy to see relationships reinforced as they spent quality time together doing all sorts of adventurous stuff! It really was a pleasure to see.⠀ -⠀ 6 - what fun I had in October with this group of adventurous women when we ended up with more adventure than we bargained for thanks to unexpected early snowfall in the mountains! #adventurequeensuk⠀ -⠀ 7 - great memories of the incredible range of #wildlife that we saw when hiking of the beaten path with one of my top guides, Marc on another bespoke women's adventure week. Deer, chamois, bearded vultures, griffon vultures... amazing memories!⠀ -⠀ 8 - on our tailor made multi activity #adventureholidays we often see families tackle activities that take them outside of their comfort zone. Seeing their growing confidence and sense of achievement was one of this summer's huge pleasures!⠀ -⠀ 9 - so many fabulous memories not only of adventures that we've created for you but of our own adventures too. ⠀ -⠀ Happy New Year! Will you be joining us in the Pyrenees in 2019?
Thanks to a stable high pressure system nicely settled over the #Pyrenees, we’re currently enjoying blue skies and calm conditions in the mountains. If we’re to believe the forecast this will continue for at least another 10 days! Yay! The snow is late to arrive this year which means hiking in the mountains up to 2200m alt is still possible without special equipment. Today we had the most amazing hike in the wild and rugged #Ariege Pyrenees, high above the Orle and Biros valleys. The brown bears hang out on these mountainsides, although they have probably now started their winter hibernation. Wish you were here?!
Today is #internationalmountainday and we’re privileged to have the unspoilt #Pyrenees mountains as our playground. This beautiful mountain range remains blissfully untainted by mass tourism. It has a wildness and authenticity that we fell in love with many years ago. This is the home of brown bears, of ibex, chamois, bearded vultures and numerous species of eagle 🦅. Isn’t it about time you paid us a visit to discover it for yourself?
It was great to see this new info panel which has been erected on one of our local walks on the border of the #Ariege and #HauteGaronne departments. It takes you up on to a stunning ridge line where you may see vultures, eagles and falcons circling overhead as well as maybe spot chamois and numerous reptiles in the summer. The area is wonderfully rich in all sorts of wildlife and the views from the Cornudere ridge are stunning. Wish you were here?
Excuse the smallish pic, but it’s just what they provide! Delighted to have been selected by ‘Dragon’ Theo Paphitis as one of 6 small business winners on his Small Business Sunday #SBS initiative on Twitter! I am chuffed to bits that a highly respected entrepreneur and businessman such as Theo has recognised my growing business and given me such a valuable opportunity to bring it to the attention of a much wider audience. Thank you @theopaphitis!
‘Do you ever take it for granted there?’ It’s a question that I have been asked on several occasions. My answer is always the same. A great big emphatic ‘No way!’ The #Pyrenees take my breathe away and I never tire of these jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain views. How could you?! Then when you see one of Europe’s rarest birds of prey, the bearded vulture, as well as two red deer stags in the course of one spectacular hike.... well, I think you can understand why this is such a very special part of the world.
#tbt #throwbackthursday to some of the fantastic gun women’s #MTB weeks we’ve enjoyed here in the #frenchpyrenees. Giggles galore, encouragement, support, there’s something very special about women only #adventures. It’s always a huge pleasure for me to see new friendships being formed and for these to continue once the girls have returned home. Roll on our 2019 women’s weeks which are happening 20-27 July and 21-28 September. Fancy joining us? Drop us a line for further details.
Being a #singleparent is a tough gig. I know, I’ve been there. Your holiday time is so precious and a time for you to really connect with your kids, away from a possibly tense home environment. I was struck this summer by the number of single dads who chose to come down to the #Pyrenees for some multi activity holiday #singleparentadventures. For me, it was a pleasure to spend some time with them, hiking, canyoning, rock climbing, and to see the bonds growing stronger as the week unfolded. #Adventuretravel has to be one of the best ways for #singledads (and #singlemums too) to reinforce that special relationship with their kids, doesn’t it?
Current conditions in the Pyrenees? See for yourself! There’s snow on the high mountains ⛰ and the Autumn colours are about to reach their glorious peak 🍂 I can’t tell you how much I love this time of year in the mountains!
If the forecast is to be believed the Pyrenean landscape will be turning brilliant white this weekend!⠀ ⠀ The central #Pyrenees are expecting quite an exceptional early season dump of snow, one that we're hoping will lay down a good base for the coming winter season.⠀ ⠀ Are you excited about the imminent arrival of winter or does the thought of snow leave you cold?
Great memories of a great bunch of #adventurequeensuk. ⠀ You can accomplish way more than you think. Push outside of your comfort zone and you’ll discover new limits. #justdoit #MondayMotivation #PYRadventures #adventuretravel⠀ ⠀ Reposting @adventurebyjane:⠀ ...⠀ "Finally, after scaling ladders galore and traversing cables, it was time for me to have a sit down and a much needed breather, whilst others did all the hard work and fought their inner demons. Yes doing a grade 4 via Ferrata with no climbing experience was a tough physical and mental challenge. Thank you to @adventure_creators for encouraging me to go beyond the fear zone. With @adventure_creators and @heloverwheels #viaferrata #viaferrataspain #climbingspain #pyrenees @adventure_creators @adventure_she #beyondyourlimits #beyondthecomfortzone #fightyourfear #conqueryourfears #extremespain #extremehiking #womenwhotravel #womenempowerwomen #womenofimpact #womeninspiringwomen #mentaltoughness #adventureworld #adventurehiking #mentality #mentalstrength #previvor @breast_cancer_care @breastcancernow Photo by @adventure_creators #microadventures #motivatingwomen"
Bowled over by this gift and the kind words left by the girls whose #PYRadventures came to an end today. We’ve enjoyed some amazing times in the mountains together this week and seen some stunning wildlife in the company of one of our top guides, Marc. Yesterday was spectacular with a herd of 40+ chamois, red deer, roe deer, grey partridge, Griffon vultures and, la cerise sur le gateau, a Lammergeier too! Just wow! I can’t wait until next year when we’ll be welcoming more #adventurequeensuk to this beautiful part of the world.
Yesterday was one of those exhilarating, atmospheric days in the #Pyrenees mountains above Luchon with three of my fellow intrepid #adventurequeensuk With snow down to 1900m we stayed clear of the high mountains and instead enjoyed a fantastic lower level hike with one of our top guides, Marc. It was the most incredible day for #wildlife as we saw numerous small herds of red deer, a rare Lammergeier and were also treated to a low fly past by some griffon vultures! What a day! Love our beautiful Pyrenees.
What a pleasure to spend a few days up in the high mountains of our beautiful Pyrenees with a great bunch of adventurous lasses. The weather was wild which just added to our adventure! Our top guide Rolfe was great company and kept everybody entertained with his stories. Can’t wait for our next group of #adventurequeensuk to arrive on Saturday. With snow forecast for Sunday I think adventures are guaranteed 😉😀❄️🏔
When you’ve been walking up through steep woodland for what seems like forever and you’re thinking ‘this had better be flippin’ worth it!’ I think you’ll agree it was!👌😀⛰ That’s the Aran valley down there with peaks in the distance that include the highest peak in the Pyrenees, Pic Aneto. Wow! Where have you been recently that has made you go ’wow’?!
Got news today that our totally tailor made winter multi activity holiday is being featured in The Times Ski Special which is being published imminently! We’ll be in the section all about alternatives to #skiing🎿 since we specialise in all kinds of fun alternative activities for non skiers. #snowshoeing #xcskiing #huskies #paragliding - you can easily fill a week away from the ski resorts! If you don’t ski you must make sure the beautiful #Pyrenees are included in your holiday plans this winter.
Excited to be spending a couple of days across the chain in the Aragon region of Spain, working on a top secret new adventure with top guide Marc. Yes, we’re expanding! The pic is of our base for the next couple of nights, a sweet little hotel in an exceptional setting. See if you can guess from the photos I’ll be posting over the next couple of days what the theme of this new and exclusive adventure will be. I know you’re going to love it! #PYRadventures #lipsaresealed
#MondayMotivation Nina is just 9 years old. She'd never been #rockclimbing before. Her family chose this as one of their activities on their #familyadventure holiday with us this summer. I can tell you, Nina is one #gutsygirl! She scampered up that rock like a little monkey, out-climbing most of the boys! She worked out the moves and was determined to get to the top of every route. She was totally inspiring! Tag somebody in the comments who has inspired you recently.
We encountered these horses and sheep on our hike up to the Pic de Cagire yesterday. ⠀ ⠀ They’ll remain up in these high pastures until mid October when they will be taken back down to the valleys where they’ll spend the winter.⠀ ⠀ I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind being a horse, waking up to that view each morning!
#MondayMotivation Think you can't? Think again! You're capable of more than you think. One of the pure pleasures of my business is watching people push their boundaries and go beyond their perceived limits. #Rockclimbing is one family activity in which we see this year after year. Not only kids but mums and dads too challenge their head for heights and conquer their fear of falling. What challenging adventures did you enjoy this summer?⠀
They’re calling it an Indian summer but, to be honest, temps into the mid to high 20s C are pretty normal for early Autumn in the Pyrenees.⠀ Today the mountains were calling and with perfect conditions out there, we had to heed their call.It’s easy to dismiss what’s right on your doorstep, but the Pic de Cagire at 1912m is no pushover.⠀ It’s straight up, right from the off, with nearly 1000m of height gain in around 4.5 kms!⠀ ⠀ The views are always worth the effort though. Wish you were here for some #pyradventures?
Isn't it great when mums can get as much fun as their kids out of challenging themselves on something like rock climbing?! Jules wasn't sure to start with, but she soon learnt the ropes. The more routes she did the more her fears slipped away. I think that grin says it all!
#MondayMotivation “That was the most scary but the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life!” It took a lot of courage for Yin to do the rope swing on the tree climbing experience this summer. She’d watched her 3 young daughters who are aged 8-12 jump fearlessly off the platform and she finally built up the nerve to do it herself! Her eldest daughter was the first to give her a hug when she was back on the ground, fantastically proud of her mum who’d overcome her fears. #feelthefear and do it anyway! What’s your next adventure?
It’s always a pleasure to spend some time in #luchon, a beautiful spa town known as la Reine des Pyrenees, the Queen of the Pyrenees. This area is the base for the majority of our adventure and multi activity hols. There are numerous superb restaurants serving delicious local specialities, a fabulous spa facility housing the only natural hammam in the whole of Europe and, in the summer, a gondola for hikers and mountain bikers up to the Superbagneres plateau. In winter, you can enjoy not only piste skiing but snowshoeing, XC #skiing, winter canyoning and loads of other fun stuff. Come and play!
After an action-packed summer season, the chief adventure creator was very much in need of some time out in the mountains. The mountains of the #Ariege #Pyrenees were just the ticket yesterday, a peaceful, unspoilt environment, simply perfect for a mini adventure to recharge the batteries. A 12km hike with nearly 1000m of climbing restored the spirit and left the body physically tired, but in a very satisfying way 😃 Where’s your next adventure?