Hiking in Spain All content (other than maps) copyright © 2010-2015 Frank Revelo, maps copyright © OpenStreetMap and Frank Revelo, United States copyright office registration number TX-7931345 Be sure the check the main Hiking in Europe page for additional information and links. Of the countries in Europe where I have hiked significantly (Britain, France, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain), I consider Spain the best for hiking, at least in spring, which is my preferred season for hiking in Europe.
Black Marble: NASA Releases Incredibly Detailed Photos of Earth at Night You’ve probably heard of The Blue Marble , an iconic photo of Earth captured in 1972 from 28,000 miles away by astronauts on the Apollo 17 spacecraft. Well, NASA has just released a number of photographs titled “Black Marble.” They offer the same perspective as the iconic photo, except these new images show what our planet looks like at night ! The photograph above shows North and South America (original resolution here ). It’s a composite photograph created using images snapped by a satellite over the period of around three weeks in April and October of this year.
Pyrenees - GR10 or GR11 - Travel - OutdoorsMagic ha.. yes, I had gathered that "refugios" are often cow sheds or former cowsheds, no longer even good enough for cows. I have vague memories from about 10 yrs ago of walking down into a damp green glade where a French Monastery emerged through the glooming and the monks cooked me poulet au riz et herbes... somewhere near the med end of the GR11. I realize that I need to adjust my expectations a little.
Weather in Thailand For more detailed climate and weather information for Thailand, incuding regional rainfall and temperature charts along with information on the Thai monsoons, please click here. More information? Here's some recent weather-related threads off the Travelfish forum Weather in July and August in SE Asia? Thailand's weather in June?
Maps home page Down to: 6th to 15th Centuries | 16th and 19th Centuries | 1901 to World War Two | 1946 to 21st Century The Ancient World ... index of places The Pyrenees High Level Route The HRP broadly follows the Franco-Spanish border which is shown as the blue line on the map. The only major deviation is in the Central Pyrenees where the border kinks northwards to make room for an historical extension to Catalogne. The HRP ignores this and follows the more natural lie of the land to pass through the Encantados mountains just north of the Parc National d'Aiguestortes. It then passes through the North of Andorra and then, in the Eastern Pyrenees, wanders off into France to pick off the summits of Carlit and Canigou. If you want more information about the character of a particular area, then have a look at the respective section of my diaries and photographs.
Pyrenean Haute Route 2011: February 2011 I've now acquired the 10 maps required for the HRP, published by Rando Editions at 1:50,000: 1. Pays Basque Ouest, Carte No.1 Hendaye - Arizkun 2. Pays Basque Est, Carte No.2 Aldudes - Refuge de Belagua 3. Haute Route Pyrenee: Day 6: Sources de la Nive to Chalet Pedro Had a lovely breakfast overlooking the River Nive, and was able to order sandwiches to carry away with us for lunch. How convenient! Our hiking style this morning was not pretty. Although it wasn't raining, the recent rains had created mudslides all along the trail. Backpacking the Pyrenean Haute Route The Pyrenean Haute Route (or HRP, for Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne) traverses the highest walkable route across the Pyrenees Mountains, taking hikers from Hendaye, France on the Atlantic coast to Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean. It spans 500 miles, regularly crosses the French-Spanish border, and includes an impressive 138,000 feet of elevation change. The typical itinerary, set out in Ton Joosten's Pyrenean Haute Route, has thru-hikers complete the trail in 45 days. Others hike fast and light, going coast to coast in just 23 days. The lovely ibones de Anayet with cows at rest. The peak to the far right is the French pic du Midi d'Ossau (9,462 feet).
Writes of Way What comes down must go up: An attempt at the Pyrenean Haute Route Traverse At the end of June 2006, I set out to walk the length of the Pyrenees from Hendaye on the Atlantic coast of France to Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean, by means of the HRP (Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne) – the Pyrenean Haute Route. The HRP is more than 800 kilometres long and walking it involves over 40,000 metres of ascent and descent, on frequently difficult terrain, often in poor weather conditions and more than likely weighed down with a 20-odd kilo rucksack – if one elects to carry camping kit and food rather than eating and sleeping in refuges.
The Haute Route Pyrenees (HRP) Firstly, I had no plan to do the HRP; I had half an idea to have a backpacking trip to the Pyrenees in 2014 but no real plan of what or where. Out of the blue I spotted a posting on the Outdoors Magic forum “Anyone interested in joining me/ us for all or part of the Pyrenees coast-to-coast…HRP…GR10…GR11”, well after some quick research it seemed too good an opportunity to miss so I dived in. It turned out I would be travelling with a couple of companions Mike & Isobel both experienced backpackers.