Articles in ‘Walking’
November 26th, 2014
The new Caminito del Rey
Interesting news coming from Malaga province of Andalucia with the Caminito del Rey or “Kings path” almost about to reopen. The Caminito is famous to climbers and adrenalin junkies the world over after the death defying video was loaded onto you tube in 2009.
The pathway was originally built over 100 years ago, pinned to the side of the Gaitanes gorge to get materials and to allow for inspections between the three Guadalhorce dams.
But now, with a total investment of around 11 million Euros, the broken and dangerous path has been restored and is due to open to the public in January 2015. Not without it’s polemics as local climbers (and worldwide) are complaining that their favorite European radical climbing site will be spoiled with the influx of thousands of us ordinary folk wanting to walk the new and safe path. Time will tell what happens but one thing is for sure, this tiny village of El Chorro needs to get ready for mass tourism fairly quickly.
Full informaation (in English) over at www.caminodelrey.es
February 4th, 2009
I enjoyed this forum post by Alfredo on hiking in the Picos de Urbión in Soria.
“The Picos de Urbión is one of the most important sections of the Sistema Ibérico, the mountain range that crosses east to west through the north of the Iberian Peninsula. In this range we find the source of the Duero, one of Spain’s great rivers. The region is also a popular location for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and is home to the magnificent glacial lake, the Laguna Negra, an inspirational place of the famous Spanish poet Antonio Machado. “
January 28th, 2009
Some lovely photos by Maria of Mt Trevenque in the Sierra Nevada covered in snow. Maria notes “It is not linked by ridges to any other peak, has the ideal mountain profile and has one of the best summits in the Sierra Nevada. Oh, if only it were 1000m higher.”
January 8th, 2008
Lucy has this report on the forum of a short trip to Sierra de Montgrony “Against the greys and browns there were vivid concentrations of colour: the ruby breast of a Bullfinch, scarlet splash of a Woodpecker and quantities of rosehips. Old Man’s Beard was plentiful, catching the sun. There was a lovely interlude when the route goes through a ghostly beech wood, ankle-deep in coppery leaves. No sign of the dramatic black woodpecker of last spring.” Read
January 8th, 2008
Very nice post from Sue on the forum relating a Christmas walk in Grazalema. The follow-up discussion on pozos de nieve (snow wells) is interesting too. Forum