Sierra de Algairén – Hiking in the high-desert wine country (Calatayud-Cariñena)

Who is tired of talking about the weather??? We haven’t been climbing in the Pyrenees since the beginning of 2018. Cue the broken record: bad luck with timing of storm patterns basically every free weekend since the turn of the new year (we’re on call 26 weeks a year!) + a quick and magical trip … More Sierra de Algairén – Hiking in the high-desert wine country (Calatayud-Cariñena)

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

Pico Mondoto & Cañón de Añísclo: legendary hike with year-round accessibility (Spanish Pyrenees)

Here’s the view you get from Mondoto Peak, which stands at 1962 meters tall. From the precipice, it feels as though the canyon is going to swallow you whole. The contrasts and depth of the canyon are mesmerizing but also a little dizzying/terrifying. You get stunning views of the summit of Monte Perdido (and Cilindro … More Pico Mondoto & Cañón de Añísclo: legendary hike with year-round accessibility (Spanish Pyrenees)

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

Peña Oroel: pre-Pyrenean hike near the gateway city of Jaca

November 2016 Peña Oroel (1740m) is a very low-key hike right outside of Jaca. 8 km round trip starting from Mirador Refugio de Oroel, and it’s pretty much accessible all year round. Jaca is extremely well known as it’s the gateway to some very popular valleys in the Pyrenees. If you’re going to hit up either … More Peña Oroel: pre-Pyrenean hike near the gateway city of Jaca