GR11: Reflections on a Journey

Words are a poor substitute for experience, but it is our hope that through our blog, we have managed to share some of the joy and trials we encountered on the GR11, and also to have expressed some of the sheer splendour of the trail itself.  The GR11 started with a dream, and through force of will took the shape of…

GR11 Week 9: The Sea …At Last…

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that Goddam mountain.”-Jack Kerouac Beget-Albanya- Figueres- Cap de Creus Perhaps it is best to start week 9 with the ending…and a few statistics! We did indeed reach the Mediterranean at Cap de Creus, 62 days after we left the crashing…

GR 11 Week 8: Into the Wild Heart of Catalonia

“We are here to know the meaning of life’s wild enchantment and to call each thing by its right name“- Boris Pasternak Pugicerda- Planoles- Nuria- Setcases-Beget Week 8 began in the town of Pugicerda which lies in high, broad rift between the Alpine Pyrenees to the west and a final, high section around the Catalan ‘stronghold’ of…

GR11 Week 7: Deserted Villages of the Dry Valleys

Refugio Conagles- Espot (Not continuous)- La Guigueta d’Aneu Estaon- Bordos de Nibros- Areu After events in Week 6 on Ballibierna, we were forced to take  two rest days at Refugio Conagles, this dented our budget a bit but it was a much needed respite and chance to watch the daily tide of hikers that are the rhythm…

GR11 Week 5: Canyons of Swirling Mist

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness….”- ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats Ordessa- Pineto- Parzan-  Puen de San Chaime Total mileage to date: 388/812km Week 5 was the week when things changed, we reached the half-way point of our trek, and September broke upon us, bringing mist, the drama of swirling clouds, cold and the first dusting of…

GR11 Week 4: Lammergiers at Dawn- Among the granite peaks

“I sat upon the setting sun…and never wanted water once….” – Cat Stevens Days: 20-25. Sallent de Gallengo- Banos De Panticosa- St Nicholas Bujaruelo- Torla Mileage to date: 277km/812km By week 4 we were entering the heart of the granite mountains, and the days that followed our departure from the town of Sallent de Gallengo…