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.

Next destination: GR11 – The Spanish Pyrenees

GR11_Routemap_overview_01(map from OpenStreetMap.org, edited by me) For long it has been clear to me that one day I would find myself standing near the border between France and Spain, at the shore of the Bay of Biscay. But instead of crowded and relatively flat road walk or coastal path towards Santiago de Compostela, my own pilgrimage would head east, to the mountains and towards the distant Mediterranean, facing whatever challenge the Pyrenees can throw against.