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marzka
2017-09-08 18:51:56
"La Faja de las Flores - Ordes National Park " from marzka Expand pics
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HOLIDAY IDEAS:PYRENEES - Ordesa National Park
Here, the views are simply spectacular from each part of that big canyon!
Here, is a haven with high rocky mountains, green valleys, many waterfalls and about kilometre deep curved canyons.
Here, everyone can find something for himself, from gentle walks, narrow paths in the cliffs to via ferrates.

Thera many walks in the area but there are 4 main classic hikes in Ordesa Canyon:
- Circo de Soasa, - Valley Walks to waterfall - 16 km, 450m ascent, 6-7 hours
- the Faja Racon, - path under the northern cliffs - 11 km, 580m ascent, 5-6 hours
- the Faja de Pelay - path on the southern cliffs - 22 km, 800m ascent, 8-9 hours
- the Faja de las Flores – path on the northern cliffs - 16 km, 1150m ascent, 9-10 hours

The highest mountain in area is a Monte Paradido 3355m.
The standard route to top starts from Refugio Goriz Sheltter, which is at the very end of Ordessa Canyon. Usually people sleep here (setting the tent is allowed) and start their climb in very morning. The route from Refugio Goriz is strenuous but fairly straightforward. But snow can be found on Perdido until midsummer so it could be essential to bring crampons.

I was here only a few days, and I didn’t have a chance to hike / climb all those.
I did hike the Faja de las Flores which is simply tremendous path settled a full kilometre up on the northern cliffs of Ordesa. You need to be there to see the beauty of that hike. Part of that walks is w very narrow trail winding around the cliffs.There is a strenuous ascent of 1,100 metres to get to the start of the path, but it's well worth it!
It took me 9h with included time for many photos taking breaks and 2 breaks.

Some general info:

1. Getting there: Zaragoza Airport
2. PUBLIC transport: bus / trains lots of options
https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Zaragoza-Airport-ZAZ/Torla-Ordesa
3. NEAREST TOWN: Torla (a bit bigger town), Broto very small village
4. Getting to Ordesa National Park: from July up September 11th the National Park is closed for privet cars, so there are scheduled buses from Torla (main car park – you cannot miss that one) every 30 mins
http://aragonactive.com/ordesa-national-park/ordesa-national-park-shuttle-bus
5. Refugio de Goriz website
http://www.goriz.es/index.php/en
6. Ordesa National Park with map - zoom in to see the paths
http://www.spain.info/en_IE/que-quieres/naturaleza/espacios-naturales/parque_nacional_de_ordesa_y_monte_perdido.html
Colin Murphy
2017-09-08 16:45:58
"Croix de Mont Royal" from Colin Murphy Expand pics
Croix de Mont Royal (Expand pics)
A Canadian Binnion
Ok, it may mot be the Rockies, but anyone who happens to be in Montreal might be interested in a an interesting bit of hill bagging. Until I visited the city, it never actually occurred to me where Montreal got its name, which comes from a volcanic-related hill that overlooks the city called Mont Royal. It’s 233m high and is topped by a towering metal cross that lights up at night. It is part of the large, 280 hectare Mont Royal Park (a mere trifle compared to the Phoenix Park’s 707!) and it dominates the city skyline. If you ever have the opportunity, the best approach is from the top of Rue Peel, which runs uphill from the waterfront for three kilometres. Directly across the road you’ll see steps, which is where the real work begins. There are 498 steps in total to be climbed, most of them wooden, which take you to a large paved viewing area with great views of the city skyline. After that there’s another kilometre of gently rising track to ascend to the cross, which is surrounded by woodland, so unfortunately no views here. The cross itself is thirty-two metres high and was erected in 1924. All in all a nice, unexpected bag in the middle of a city!
GSheehy
2017-09-08 09:30:18
Re ; Smartphone
I'm stuck in iPhone land but I saw a post on FB recently about the logic of a CAT B25/B30 (??) for the hills. I think they have a 'smartphone' too. One for the list....
aidand
2017-09-07 14:59:59
Smartphone
My trusty Nokia is starting to look a bit battered and I reckon it is time to join the 21st century and invest in a smartphone. I am looking for recommendations on which phone to get.

My requirements are as follows.
1. Decent battery life - I don't want to have to charge it up twice a day.
2. Reasonable GPS and mapping capability, though it will only be used as a back up to a Garmin which I use as a back up to map and compass.
3. Not too expensive. If it does end up lost in a boghole, gets nicked or smashed by one of my kids I won't lose too much sleep over it.
4. Not too fragile for the reasons listed at 3 above.

What do you recommend?
simon3
2017-09-01 15:55:18
Re Guinness GAA Ad
Bunsen7
As times goes on I find I have more time for exploring interesting places like Arraglen and fascinating they are too.
Curraheen, is that the one that leads into Baurtregaum? Long certainly, though of the top of my head shorter than Glenmalure in Wicklow. It would be altogether wilder than Glenmalure.
Bunsen7
2017-09-01 08:46:20
Re Guinness GAA Ad
Fair play Simon. Careful now though, you risk being contacted by Game of Thrones fans looking for confirmation of filming locations around the North. But perhaps the Tourist Board have trumpeted Binevenagh and other locations enough at this stage.

I'm interested to see yet another beguiling glen on the northside of Dingle, as I have cause to be in the area from time to time and my companions don't always enjoy a torturous ascent. Glentenassig is perhaps one of the best family walk locations on the peninsula, with the boardwalk around the lake making an easy stroll for all abilities.

Further west, there is parking and a trail to facilitate even a toddler's trek towards loch an duin, but Glenahoo is more restrictive parking wise, what a pity (or a blessing to others).

I hear talk that Curaheen in the Slieve Mish is possibly the longest glacial valley in the country, yet very infrequently visited. And of course Derrymore Glen.

What surprises me most is that so few Tralee people ever venture out that way.

Anyone visiting the area might be interested in the attached link I came across from the local tourist office. Surprisingly, it also includes a detailed description of a traverse of the Faha Ridge!

http://www.castlegregorykerry.com/activities/13-activities-in-castlegregory-walking.html
GSheehy
2017-09-01 08:43:29
The accidental track 'bump' and a new club...
Folks, I wanted to put a link to that Nephin Challenge track up on FB but the pictures/text were all over the place, so I edited the post and it then showed on the first page on MV.

A few of us have got together to form a new club that offers members strenuous walks on the mountains all around Ireland. The less walked the area, the better. One a month to start with and let's see where it takes us.

The MI application is gone in with the list of 10 full members so we'll be affiliated to them. We don't see a need for a website at present but we're on the BookFace @ https://www.facebook.com/Na-Sl%C3%A9ibhte-Hillwalking-Club-164843447401113/

You'll be able to tell the grandkids you were around for the birth Na Sléibhte Hillwalking Club ;-)
simon3
2017-08-28 19:54:22
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Re Guinness GAA Ad
Bunsen7, interesting view all right. I reckon you are correct. Here are two views of the road. The upper one is a simulation from Google Earth very definitely from a road SE of Castlegregory, the lower a still from the video.

As a simulation the upper one relies on pretty a height model of the earth to construct the exact outline of the summits. Given that they are probably using SRTM (a height measurement every 91m north-south and about 56m east-west at our latitude) this doesn't show anything like the height detail for the ridge above Arraglen or the vegetation.
However the two pictures are very similar in general layout, in extent of vegetation beside the road, in the ditch to the right of the road but not the left and various other things.
Bunsen7
2017-08-28 12:18:33
Guinness GAA Ad
From what I can tell, the wonderful mountain landscape shown at the very start of this clip currently on TV is above the road from Castlegregory towards Glantennassig. The reference is to Castlegregory GAA.

The sharp pointed ridge appears to be above Arraglen lake and is a spur to the east of Stradbally Mtn, but is suggesting a prominence from this angle that is not evident on maps.

Looks splendid. I assume Dromavally is behind but interested to know if I'm wrong, wherever it is, they got a great day for it.

http://www.independent.ie/videos/entertainment/watch-moving-new-guinness-advert-behind-every-great-town-36019023.html
IainT
2017-08-25 12:47:16
Scrambles in Ulster and Connacht
Hi Peter,
Yes, found it now, my tablet sometimes has trouble downloading the newsletter for reasons I don't understand. I completely agree with your review, the guide is a very welcome addition to the info available, lots of fun things to do. Hope a southern one is under way too.


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