Walking in the Pyrenees...

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  1. eddyabs

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    I thought it would be nice to post a few pics of my holiday in the spectacularly beautiful Spanish Pyrenees. We had some great (and exhausting) walks, we climbed some big damn mountains, ate fresh sun drenched food, camped out under the stars (and lightning), got drunk on cheap and very good spanish wine (5 euros for 5 litres!) and I got sunstroke and dreamt of fat blond girls playing football like Pele!

    So for anyone who is interested....


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    eddy - I'm GREEN with envy. How wonderful.

    That's an area of Europe I've never explored. Thanks very much for those! Sometimes this world is just beyond believable in its beauty.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed them Stronzo.....it was really beautiful, although it's the first time I've climbed so high and I was amazed at how the lungs fight to take in oxygen, at how much I sweated and by how totally whacked out I was at the end of each day......although my thighs are looking pretty chunky!

    Hope you get to see them one day!
     
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    Eddy...that looks just magnificent. I'm glad you had a great trip.(
    except for the sun part... interesting dream though!) Thanks for sharing!
    With all the hiking I do on a daily basis in NY, my vacations tend to involve hiking to the bar from the beach or hiking from the ski lift to the hot tub!
     
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    Nice photos, eddy. Entrancing.

    I love mountains and hiking. Here's a few shots from my trekking/camping in northeast Oregon last week.
     

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    great pics

     
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    Ah, exploring the lost kingdom of Navarre, the most ancient land of the Basque, the Principality of Andorra, ancient Rome littered about. It is one of the most romantic, enigmatic, and ancient parts of the world. I do envy you.
     
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    Beautiful shots SpeedoGuy, looks absolutely stunning.....don't you just love camping?!? I love it man....we should organise an LPSG camping in the mountains holiday.....although the great Atlantic divide could make it tricky on deciding a location!!

    Can you camp in the national parks in America?

    *Dreams*.....
     
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    If I could magic you there Jason, you know I would....why don't you plan a holiday? Let me know if you do.....I'm definitely going back....
     
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    Jesus Christ Eddy!!! The landscape looks beautiful but appears extremely rocky and looks like a great place to twist your ankle. You must live in the UK because a trip to Spain from the U.S. of A would cost an arm and a leg, both of which I will not part with if I can help it. They appear to be similar to some of the Bluegrass mountains with waaaay less trees but with some very interesting looking grasses, mosses and lichens instead. The pic of the flower is breathtaking, what kind do you reckon it is?

    How about some more pics of your trip Eddy? It looks like a DREAM!!!! :biggrin1:
     
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    Camping is the great thing about living in the western US (and I suspect the same about Canada): There is much more government owned land in the western states than in the eastern states and camping can be done on most all government managed lands unless otherwise forbidden. National Parks, National Forests, National Recreation Areas, National Monuments: all are managed by a variety of federal and state agencies that generally offer open access.

    That said, what we call "camping" in the US tends to come in a variety of 3 basic flavors:

    1) There are large, highly developed (read: paved) campgrounds that cater to families and retired people in enormous recreational vehicles and the like. Impossible to find solitude or wilderness in this setting.

    2) There are also less-developed campgrounds at remote mountain lakes and rivers that can still be accessed via vehicle but only after a bruising ride on rocky, dusty roads. 4 wheel drive sometimes necessary for access. These are preferred by fishermen and hunters. Can find colitude and wilderness in these places. Have done various forms of this type in the US, Australia, and Mexico.

    3) Then there's "backpacking" camping. The trekker puts on a pack and heads off into the unpaved wilds carrying all that is needed to survive on his/her back. This the purest but also the most taxing way of getting out into the wilds. The only access is by foot but the solitude is magnificent, the views spectacular, and the sense of self-reliance rewarding. I've backpacked like this in many of the great National Parks in the western US (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Olympic, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, etc)

    As you might imagine, I prefer type 2 and type 3. The photos I posted above were taken during day treks on a type 2 campout.
     
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    Eddyabs and SpeedoGuy: Thanks for the photos. I love to get away to a wilderness setting and get in touch with nature whenever I can. My best experience in recent years was hiking to the top of Multnomah Falls in Oregon.
     
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    Those are some nice shots Eddy. I drove through there 20 years years ago in a CV2 Citroen and loved it. (The place, not the car! The car damn near killed us several times.) The scenery is wonderful, although much like any other high mountain area (the Rockies or the Alps). But like you said, the food and wine and people are what makes it special.

    Tripod- If you planned it carefully and were flexible, you could get the airfare for about 600$ tops. Probably much less.
     
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    Hey Tripod, fortunately the only mishap I had was a case of mild sunstroke! It's not really the time to be planning a trans-Atlantic trip I guess....I sure could not afford it...shame.

    I think the flower is a Globe Daisy (Globularia Nudicaulis)....a bit of a confusing name as it is not related to the daisy. I may be wrong though....

    There were a lot of trees, I think that the photos I posted were mainly high altitude so they didn't show the forests.....they tended to peter out at around 1500-1800 metres. We saw a lot of Beech and Silver Fir....and other species of Pine.

    Anyways mate, here's a few more pics!


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    I'm with you there mate...I much prefer the 2 or 3 option......just to get away from everything...total solitude, you and nature...bliss.

    We managed one nights camping out under the stars in the wilderness...one night in a 2 option.....and one night in the 1 option.....that was hell...all these french guys thought it would be great to start a party next to our pitch at 2 am.....'Bouge de la.....fucking frogs.....shut the fuck up'....the language became fruity!

    Thanks for the information there man....one of my dreams is to take a long time out and cruise down from Vancouver to San Francisco...and then on to the Nevada desert.....on a motorbike, with tent....the west coast man....must be so awesome.




    The American wilderness is seriously calling to me man....that sounds beautiful....if you have any pics.....


    Yes Vince mate, you have to get low down in dem gears coming down dem hills!!!
    Also, if you are planning a trip to the Pyrenees....make sure you stick to the Spanish side...so much cheaper than the French....i.e...fuel...France 1.38 Euros....Spain .99 Euros (at the time of the holiday). A sandwich at a shop....France...cheapest 4 Euros (!)..Spain....2 Euros.
     
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    An LPSG camping trip would be awesome eh NY!! A bit like when Michael Tolliver goes camping in the desert in 'Significant Others'....If I get out to the states again, I'm bringing my tent and sending invites!
     
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    My gf was driving half the day downhill with a death grip on the wheel. At the bottom she leaned back with a sigh, and the bloody wheel came off the column! loved that car...
     
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