I oversaw the non-water gear. We wanted to hike up into the mountains, find and paddle the lakes, and camp somewhere isolated. To do this, I would have to carry most of the camping gear for two people while David carried the paddling equipment. I referred to old gear lists and pulled together everything we would need to have a comfortable night in the mountains for two people.
The adventure was to kick off in May, so usually, that would mean winter was over, and lighter gear would be required. Alas, this year, the Pyrenees experienced a dump of snow in the last few days of April, and the weather remained cold, preserving the snow. David and I agreed that despite the change in conditions, we would continue pursuing high-altitude lakes and settle for the highest ones that weren't frozen.
I rejigged our gear and ensured we were ready for a colder night in the tent and snowy underfoot conditions. Our original plan of two one-person tents changed to a more robust two-person tent – the Vango MTN 2 and the RAB Ascent 900 sleeping bags with lower comfort ratings.
I picked David up at the airport on the 17th of May, and we headed into the mountains. The snow was even deeper than we had assumed, and I was already regretting a few kit omissions, such as ice axes, snowshoes and gaiters, but I felt confident we had what we needed.