Post by oldhillwalker on Feb 11, 2016 10:48:06 GMT -8
I will be backpacking in the Spanish Pyrenees for 22 days in September 2016. My itinerary is as follows: Air from Boston to Pamplona. Bus from Pamplona to Burguete and join the GR 11. Follow the GR 11 approximately 150 miles to Ordesa National Park and the bus back to Pamplona to fly back to the US. Experienced company would be welcome. This will be my third trip to Spain for hiking,
The video is not mine but will give a nice impression of what the GR 11 is like. The section I am planning is mostly mountainous except at the very beginning two days.
Hello, I will be watching this post. Currently retired, but working a short term contract. Have been extremely active in the past few years. Recent backpacks in 2015 included Great Wall of China, Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Sunshine Coast Trail in BC, Weminuche Colorado, Enchantments Washington. Colorado Trail was the hike of In the past I've hiked the West Coast Trail, Juan de Fuca, Macchu Picchu, Salkantay, RMNP, Robson/Berg, Yoho National Park, and small part of the Camino.
Would love to go back to France/Spain, and have hiking the Pyrenees on my wish list. Hope to go to the Himalaya area in October, and am planning on Patagonia in January
I should have the rest of my year mapped out by the end of April. At this point, the timing looks good!
Post by oldhillwalker on Mar 3, 2016 4:41:18 GMT -8
I'm still on track for this hike. It will start out fairly easy for the first three days, then get more difficult as the terrain ramps up. I plan on taking around three to four zero days once getting into the higher terrain. Look at the data below which is still just an estimated itinerary. I plan on staying at Manned refuges for several of the nights, but will carry a light weight one man tent (Hilleberg Akto) . I will also not be carrying a stove, but intend to eat cold with all but one evening meals taken at refuges. Since staying refuges is not terribly expensive I have no problem in using then for shelter and meals. Midday meals will usually be bread, local cheese, and mountain hard sausage, which carry well.
Post by oldhillwalker on Mar 4, 2016 8:02:05 GMT -8
Hello Westy. To answer your questions I have LD hiked in Spain twice before now and picked the period of Aug 30 to Sept 22 to miss the Spanish and French vacationers. I hopefully will also avoid much of the heat of midsummer. Reportedly the frequency of summer thunderstorms lessens as fall approaches. I would like to avoid carrying crampons and Ice Ax as snow depths should be at their lowest in the passes especially around the Breche de Roland. I speak a moderate amount of Spanish, but almost no French. In am aware that winter can arrive pretty early in the central Pyrenees so I would like be be finished by 22 September. As far as choosing between the GR 10, GR 11, or HRP. After reviewing all the on-line sources I could find for months, the GR 11 appeals to me more in terrain, weather, and facilities. I hesitate to say this, but I found many of the people of Spain friendlier than those I came in contact with in France. Especially in Paris!
Post by oldhillwalker on Jul 21, 2016 13:20:38 GMT -8
I recently joined the (UK) section of the Austrian Alpine Club. The Insurance and the discounts at the Spanish (basically all European) mountain huts make it very worth the approximately $50 cost. Still on track to go. Too bad I will be solo on this scenically splendorous hike with, no one to share the wows with.