Jul 30, 2016
After almost one year in my new job which really made me understand the concept of "full-time", I've finally been on a mountain trip again. Friday after work Xavi and me met (also for the first time since our last trip) and off we were to Benasque, the Pyrenees' main hub when it comes to climbing 3000m summits. Our plan was to continue the Alba mountain ridge which we had started three and continued two years ago. Those two trips had successfully seen us summiting 7 of the 9 peaks comprising the ridge between the "Gendarme de Alba" and "Pico Cordier". Unfortunately however, there are two more we had not stood on yet: Pico Mir and Punta Delmas. Not missing a certain logic, our plan foresaw to climb these. In case we would have time left we'd also go for the next mountain of that ridge: Pico del Collado de la Rimaya - a peak of secondary importance but considerably higher difficulty. We planned to have dinner in Benasque, drive to "La Besurta", the last spot accessible by car, and then either sleep there or start our hike in order to gain as much altitude as possible before resting for the night.
Jun 29, 2015
|Vista from Hell's Central Summit|
Back in 2008, Xavi proposed to climb three summits known as Picos del Infierno, which translates as Summits of Hell. Together with Jordi, a friend of his, we actually gave it a try, but during our climb somehow took a wrong turn and finally ended up climbing 4 neighbouring 3000m summits, known as Algas Norte, Pico Algas, Pico de las Argualas and Garmo Negro. Xavi, furthermore summited Aguja de Pondiellos... an account of that story, albeit written in German, is to be found here.
Hell's Summits, however, remained to be summited.
Mar 8, 2015
|Xavis on Turó del Mal Pas (interesting shadows)|
And again a bike trip to "The Bad Step Hill", or as it's known here in our regional language: El Turó del Mal Pas. This time, Xavi was so nice to join me and he even brought his telephone with him, on which he runs an application called Wikiloc, able to generate a fancy track of GPS-waypoints, it neatly places into GoogleMaps or similar.
Feb 22, 2015
|Railroad crossing in Mesopotamia|
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Jan 28, 2015
Dec 28, 2014
|28.12.2014: Montserrat as seen from Carena del Cellers|
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Jul 20, 2014
|Panoramic view southwards from a point close to Els Ermitanets|
This time I wanted to explore an area I had come by on one of my previous trips that brought me to Les Balmes Roges. At one point, the forest road offers five different paths on which to continue. Number one and two, I tried the last time: the former being a narrow one to my right, which led me to the summit of a hill known as Puig Gili, and the latter being the one that actually brought me to Les Balmes Roges. This time, I was eager to find out what the three remaining possibilities had to offer.
Jul 13, 2014
|Power line at Coll de la Creueta|
My last bike trip went to a regionally well known, albeit visually little spectacular, rock shelter known as Puig de la Balma. I had it on my to-do-list for months, if not years, but because of my priorities and available motivation always decided against it when it came to choosing a suitable biking destination.
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
|Sign post close to Monistrol de Montserrat|
The Delivery Girl's Bum (El Cul de la Portadora) had caught my attention years ago and from the moment I first saw it, I felt an inexplicable urge to make it mine. Some three years ago, I had explored the area around her Bum, but the moment I had wanted to draw in for the final attack, so to say to lay hands on it, it unfortunately began to rain. Not wanting to mount no Bum in slippery conditions, defeated, I withdrew from my undertaking.
May 11, 2014
|North-Eastern panoramic view from Pico Cordier, Gregüeña lake in the centre|
Last October, Xavi and me climbed the 4 Alba summits. Now, we wanted to ascend some peaks of the next mountain cluster of the same mountain range. That cluster is made up of Punta Delmàs, Pico Mir, Pico Sayó, Pico Le Bondidier and Pico Cordier. Since we preferred not to repeat the route, which passes by the Renclusa mountain hut, this time we chose Puente de Cregüeña as our starting point - a route a little longer and with an altitude difference of 500 additional metres. We therefore opted to start walking as soon as we'd arrive there, which was Friday at 9.45 p.m.
Apr 27, 2014
|Eastern panorama from Puigdoure summit|
During my previous bike trip to a nice rock shelter known as Balmes Roges, I caught a glimpse of yet another abandoned estate in our local natural park: Can Putxet. It's not that I hadn't been aware of it, but it never really caught my attention. The other day, though, my glimpse at Can Putxet was from a different angle and suddenly I felt I should further explore it. Yesterday, I gave it a try.
Apr 20, 2014
|Full moon over Carcassonne|
Years ago, I remember, I usually felt some unease, when in France, probably because I don't speak any French and therefore somehow felt vulnerable there. Since Elisabet dominates French almost as a native, things are different now, and some days short of Eastern we went on a short holliday to our Northern neighbour country.click to read on
Mar 8, 2014
|View from Puig Gili|
|El Farell estate and surrounding|
Feb 28, 2014
In the Natural Parc of Sant Llorenç, there are numerous caves, the deepest of which goes down some 120m into the washed out conglomerate rock. That cave is called "Avenc de l'Espluga", avenc being the Catalan word for vertical cave. As a matter of fact, it is the cave I've visited most times, and every time me and my caving companions went there, we passed at least one night in a cosy rock shelter close by, which bears the name "Balma de l'Espluga", Balma being Catalan for ....... rock shelter, exactly! Since I hadn't been there for years, I thought it would be nice to go there by bike.
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