I got my first impression of what I had let myself in for as the plane swooped over the Pyrenees on it’s final approach to Bilbao. Gosh there’s snow I said to myself – why I thought there there wouldn’t be at 2,500 metres I don’t know, I suppose I naively presumed that it’s June so it will all be green pastures, waterfalls, cows with bells tinkering in the sunshine etc.

Bit by bit the scale of the challenge was dawning on me – this wasn’t a marathon or even an ultra this was a marathon a day for 21 days with a total elevation of over 100,000 feet. I clutched the little A6 La Senda Trail – GR11 guide book closer to my chest and then I had my third thought …… I wish I had opened this before I set off!

“Moving Mountains” the book will be available soon!