The Camino Frances. Crossing the Pyrenees is a challenge as well as a wonderful experience. There are two routes out of St Jean Pied-De- Port (St Jean), the Route Napoleon which is up and over the Pyrenees through the Ibaneta Pass at 1,055m or the valley or Via Valcarlos route. The Route Napoleon is closed over much of winter for safety reasons even so people try and some die. Both routes arrive in Roncesvalles in Spain.
Depending on the weather the scenery can be simply breathtaking or obscured by cloud and mist.
The Pilgrims Office, no. 39 Rue de la Citadelle provides Credentials (pilgrims passports), shells, weather information as well as information on all the places to stay.
If you start in St Jean and walk the Route Napoleon you will see ancient wayside markers. On my first crossing the mist was very thick however on my second crossing two years later it was glorious sunshine
However if not properly prepared then the odds against even getting half way to Santiago are against you.