The Pyrenees are one of my favourite mountain ranges in Europe. They are not more than a narrow strip of mountains on the French-Spannish border, but offer an incredible variety of landscapes, are more inaccessible (and calm) than the Alps, and are the perfect playground for mountain hikers like me. Most of the major summits, Pico the Aneto being the highest at 3404m, can be reached on foot by experienced mountain hikers.
I have the Pyrenees on a special spot in my hearth. It is the mountain range where I have learned myself – nearly – everything during 3 very long visits between 2007 and 2010. In 2007, aged 20 and with only 2 real mountain treks in the bag, I crossed most of the chain from west to east during a massive 54-day hike on a personal variant of the HRP (Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne). I returned the year after for 5 weeks to explore some corners I crossed too fast the year before.
However, the climax came in 2010, when I spent another 7 weeks in the Pyrenees during my post-graduation trip. It was probably the best trip I’d ever had to that date. A trip during which everything seemed to be just right.
The photo album below is a tentative selection on the first 5 weeks of that trip, which I spent in the Western and Central Pyrenees in the ranges of Bisaurin, Tendenera, Balaitous, Vignemale, Néouvielle, Cotiella, Bachimala and Perdiguero. I also wrote a long report on this journey, but unfortunately only in Dutch. More pictures and maps can be found in this album
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