The Pyrenees are one of the major mountain chains of Europe, forming the border that separates France and Spain. The range extends for almost 270 miles from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, with more than fifty peaks topping 10,000 feet. Wild and beautiful, the range is characterized by the towering cliff walls of its cirques, over which waterfalls plunge into small mountain lakes. Caves and underground rivers are also common in the area. The highest ice cave in Europe, the Grotte Casteret, is here. The French side drops much more steeply than the Spanish, which descends gradually southward into various minor ranges and counter ranges. There is a small amount of permanent snow near the summits of the higher peaks, but glaciers in the Pyrenees are few and small. The weather is fairly settled in the summer, though hot on the Spanish side. The western portion of the range has more precipitation than the comparatively dry east. Although the Pyrenees are lower than the Alps, they have fewer passes, and have historically been a more significant barrier. Today, however, the mountains are easily accessible from hut or camp, and all peaks have an easy route, ideal for less experienced mountaineers. There are also a few ice climbs and some fine rock climbing on granite and limestone.

Peaks of Pyrenees

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