GR11 – Trip report part II/II

This is the second part of my hike in the Spanish Pyrenees 2016. You can read the first part here. DAY 11 - Canfranc to Ibons d´Anayet (13km, 1058m/84m, 12:45-17:15) The regional train circles slowly around sun burnt valleys and fields back towards the Pyrenees. The closer to the mountains I get, the more contradictory … Continue reading GR11 – Trip report part II/II

GR11 – Trip report part I/II

DAY 1 - Írun to Amargunko Lepoa (17km, 773m/473m, 12:15-19:00) Turning my back to the coastal city of Írun feels exciting and bit scary, even though I'm posing bravely in the departure photo. For the first time in my life, I would step into the Pyrenees and for a reason, my mind feels restless. "Impossible!" … Continue reading GR11 – Trip report part I/II

GR11 – Homecoming

ARantanen_GR11_2016_blog_05_web After couple of weeks of walking, my hike through the Pyrenees faced an unexpected end as for the first time, a trail "beat me". Nothing too dramatic happened, it was more a sum of several things but when reaching Benasque near the half-way of the GR11, I didn't want to push any further. Simply, I wasn't enjoying enough.

Gear for GR11: Cooking, food and water

LDT_Food_and_Water_01 Previously, I've been carrying 1,75 litres of water with two Nalgene bottles but for the hot GR11, I decided to extend my capacity with two ~0,5 litre water pouches. In addition to that, I'll take with me Sawyer Mini water filter but I might leave its cleaning syringe out as I believe the need of filtering water to be rare (passing by enough good water points). For cooking nothing has changed during the years. I still use my 0,7 litre Evernew UL titanium pot, which is just enough for one person, and Primus Express stove.