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)

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)

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

Picos del Infierno (3081m) by way of Refugio de Bachimaña

It had been a year since visiting this part of valley and when Jorge suggested climbing “Los Infiernos” I obviously agreed with great excitement, forgetting about the overly-rocky terrain and how hard the descent was on the knees (and feet and toes and quads and..) from Garmo Negro. Los Picos del Infierno are composed of … More Picos del Infierno (3081m) by way of Refugio de Bachimaña

Garmo Negro, 3051 m: our first “tresmil”

Tallest peak (actually a volcano!) in Spain – Tenerife, Canary Islands Teide = 3,718 meters (12,198 ft) Tallest peak on the Peninsula – Sierra Nevadas, Granada, Andalusia Mulhacén = 3,482 meters (11,424 ft) Tallest peak in the Pyrenees – Spain / France Aneto = 3,404 meters (11,168 ft) I’m a California native and I grew … More Garmo Negro, 3051 m: our first “tresmil”

Pico Vallibierna 3067 m & Tuca de Culebras 3062 m from Refugio Cap de Llauset

When we have the time to visit Benasque Valley, we really try to make it count. This is the furthest valley in the Aragonese Pyrenees from home and we still have a lot of summits to bag in this area. In the early summer of 2017 we crested two beauties in Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. They … More Pico Vallibierna 3067 m & Tuca de Culebras 3062 m from Refugio Cap de Llauset