We were in the Val Clarée, near Briançon in the southern French Alps based at the tiny and very snowy hamlet of Névache.
The weather was remarkably warm for early January - Névache has a reputation for being one of the coldest alpine villages in France - but this week even out of the sun we weren't really cold.
We did 5 days of good walks which took us to many fine vantage points, climbing up above the tree-line on either side of the beautiful Val Clarée. A rest day mid-week allowed for muscles to reccover as well as a visit to the fascinating fortress town of Briançon.
Fun and enthusiastic people made this week a really inspiring start to the season for me.
|Photo: Geoff Armstrong|