Ibón de Bernatuara: medieval bridge & glacial lake in Ordesa Valley

Ibón is a Spanish term specific to the Pyrenees; it’s a Pyrenean lake. After some trolling, turns out there might be a translation: “tarn” <— has anyone else heard of this word? It doesn’t matter, doesn’t “ibón” sound like pure magic? To me it sounds like endless sparkles. And speaking of, this hike starts from … More Ibón de Bernatuara: medieval bridge & glacial lake in Ordesa Valley

A Mystical “Black” Lagoon and a Hike to Pico Urbión, near Soria

When Jorge and I first started getting into hiking, we wanted to be instant mountaineers. We were trying to be alpinists with no experience. No experience in reading maps, planning treks, choosing appropriate gear. We didn’t know ourselves well enough at high altitudes after long, exhaustive hikes <– this is important for decision making. You … More A Mystical “Black” Lagoon and a Hike to Pico Urbión, near Soria

360º Views from Pico Salvaguardia in Posets-Maladeta Natural Park (Spanish Pyrenees)

October 2016: Posets-Maladeta Natural Park Pico Salvaguardia is a super typical hike if you’re in and around Benasque. There’s a lot of human traffic, and the 360º views of the most legendary peaks and summits in the park are the culprits. THE VIEW IS EFFING SPECTACULAR. I can’t really think of a more epic place to … More 360º Views from Pico Salvaguardia in Posets-Maladeta Natural Park (Spanish Pyrenees)