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

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

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

Embalse de Llauset: Pyrenean reservoir, no hiking necessary!

In the Pyrenees there are a select number of (glacial) lakes in which you can swim. Obviously this depends on each explorer’s tolerance to freezing cold water. It’s easy science that at higher altitudes and no matter how strong the sun is shining, the creek/basin/spring/pond/river/lake/lakelet/lagoon/tarn/loch water is going to be cold AF. Like many mountaineers, … More Embalse de Llauset: Pyrenean reservoir, no hiking necessary!