Cabrera Peak (1433 m): hometown hiking around Calatayud

And on sleepy Saturdays when the weather’s too shitty to head up to the Pyrenees, sometimes we hike around town. And sometimes we trick our amigos into going with us 🙂 I’ve mentioned the “Sistema Ibérico” quite a bit on the blog. It’s one of the major systems of mountain ranges on the Peninsula, stretching … More Cabrera Peak (1433 m): hometown hiking around Calatayud

Canal Roya peak (2345m): classic winter initiation route for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

If you drive past Formigal (the second largest Pyrenean ski resort offering 137 kilometers of marked slopes) just over the the Spanish-French border, from atop Col du Portalet a gorgeous valley lays out before you. At the center of it all, standing 2885 meters tall, is the “Riena” of Ossau Valley: Midi d’Ossau. One of … More Canal Roya peak (2345m): classic winter initiation route for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

A modest and extremely accesible “tresmil” with epic views of Ordesa/Monte Perdido: Pico Robiñera (3004m)

Our last Fall-ish hike of the year. We snuck Pico Robiñera in literally the day before our first big snow fall. HALLELUJAH. These Pyrenean canyons, ravines, gullies and valleys are in dire need of a healthy blanket of frozen H20. I slept great the night before, no stress or worry. We got a late start, … More A modest and extremely accesible “tresmil” with epic views of Ordesa/Monte Perdido: Pico Robiñera (3004m)

For some of the best views of Tena Valley, climb these peaks: Pico Arriel (2824m) & Petit Arriel (2684m)

How we ended up climbing these two peaks is a simple story. Jorge pulled out the map of Valle de Tena and said, “this one.” We looked it up on the internet and were instantly allured. Then I read a blog post (in Spanish) about someone else’s experience and this hiker so appropriately described Pico … More For some of the best views of Tena Valley, climb these peaks: Pico Arriel (2824m) & Petit Arriel (2684m)

Sorrosal Waterfall: Hidden gem in Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park, no hiking involved

SNOW IS HERE! As we are preparing for wintry mountain outings, I can’t help but think of past excursions. Here’s one that requires no gear and no special clothes… just motivation to be out in the cold for about 20 minutes. If you’ve been in the Spanish Pyrenees or are planning a trip, you’ve undoubtedly … More Sorrosal Waterfall: Hidden gem in Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park, no hiking involved

Pico Perdiguero (3222 m) by way of Literola Valley, Posets-Maladeta Natural Park

This was our most challenging peak thus far in my short time as a mountaineer. 1600 meters of cumulative elevation gain, 9 hours in movement. Somehow I had managed to get a decent night’s sleep before starting out pre-sunrise the next morning. I’m always looking for an excuse to use my headlamp; headlamp = instant … More Pico Perdiguero (3222 m) by way of Literola Valley, Posets-Maladeta Natural Park

Picos de Europa: Torre de los Horcados Rojos 2506m (central massif)

In our last trips to Asturias, we didn’t get to climb any mountains. We played with the resident cows of Covadonga lakes, we descended the Río Sella in kayak, we swam and ate; we did all the things we love to do in the north. But with the Picos de Europa always looming in the … More Picos de Europa: Torre de los Horcados Rojos 2506m (central massif)

Camino de San Esteban de Pravia: take a stroll along the Asturian coastal cliffs

Beach days for me have always been somewhat sacred. And as far as I’m concerned there are three different kind of beach goers: The conversationalist, the playful clown, and the person that doesn’t want to do a god damn thing.  I go to read, sleep and dig holes in the sand with my toes. These … More Camino de San Esteban de Pravia: take a stroll along the Asturian coastal cliffs

Moncayo: a classic, non-Pyrenean peak in Northern Spain

San Miguel which belongs to the Moncayo massif, is the tallest peak in the Iberian System mountain range. This lesser known range is 50 kilometers more extensive then the highly famed Pyrenees and absolutely worth visiting. Moncayo which stands at 2,314 meters tall, shoots up from flat terrain just on the border between Aragón and … More Moncayo: a classic, non-Pyrenean peak in Northern Spain

Faja de las Flores: a classic hike in Ordesa Valley

With year-round accessibility, this stunning hike culminates in a stroll along a narrow ledge (“la Faja”) cut into the mountain face. It’s a 13-17 km (8-11 miles) route that can be circular* if you so choose, and has a cumulative elevation gain of about 1000 meters (3200 feet). *Should you choose to ascend or descend … More Faja de las Flores: a classic hike in Ordesa Valley