From Clermont-Ferrand I climbed up the surrounding mountains. It was steep hills, a hard climb to do with 20 kilo on your back. But with some determination and aimless swearing I reached the top eventually.

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As the city and its suburbs disappeared and got replaced by a thick forest;  rain started falling.

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It struck me as a bit wierd that in the end of December at an altitude of some 1000+ meters it’s raining and not snowing. But as I’ve heard from all around Europe it has been a warm winter.

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But as the sun set it was probably better – because walking at night up the side of a mountain in a forest wouldn’t have been easier if it also was ice on the ground

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