I was fortunate to be able to convince my friend Wayne Palmer to join me
for a hike in the Spanish Pyrenees. Here are our photos. Apologies as I'm
finally getting to updating these comments more than 18 months after the fact.
Sorry Wayne. Let me know if I missed anything.


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We rented a car in Barcelona (which was an affair in itself just trying to find the rental car
office) and then proceeded to navigate ourselves to northern Spain. This is a viewpoint at
mirador de Janovas on the way. I thought the strike lines of the rock were pretty sweet.


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By the time that Wayne and I had arrived in Torla (the jumping off point for the hike), it was
getting a little late in the day. Nevertheless, we were determined to get going, so after stopping
at the national park office for Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido in the Ordesa valley
of Aragon, and having them tell us that we were retards for starting up to the refugio this late,
we had a sandwich and got started. This was some sweet rock that we saw on the way on our hike.


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Wayne Palmer as we are getting on the trail to the Refugio de Goriz.


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Yours truly on the hike into the park.


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This is either a sarrio (Pyrenean Chamois) or a deer of some kind.


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A closer picture of a sarrio.


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Wayne at one of the waterfalls along the Rio Arazas in the valle de Ordesa.

Youtube video of a view around the valley: VIDEO


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The huge trail we started on trickled down to a small rocky trail. The glaciated valley walls are
visible here. This is all karst limestone.


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Along the valley, there were a few abrigos - small shelters to get out of the weather for
the sheep and cattle herders, as well as for some hikers.


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A view back along the valley walls towards where we came in. A small note here for posterity -
If you're going to start late on a hike where you've never been before, make sure you have
a headlamp, an emergency blanket (just in case), and a decent knowledge of where you're going.
Wayne and I almost spent the night in my emergency blanket after getting caught in the dark,
in the rain, and in the cold after getting above the Circo de Soaso.


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It doesn't look nearly that threatening the next morning with no rain in sight. We took a short hike
from the Refugio de Goriz the next morning into the valle de Anisclo.


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Some views from the refugio (hut with bunk beds and probably the best backcountry meal I've ever had).
This is looking up to Monte Perdido.


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View from the refugio looking up to Monte Perdido.


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A panoramic shot of the view from the refugio in the morning. That's Monte Perdido on the right.


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Wayne and our refugio as we head out for the day. Did I mention that the hut also provides breakfast?


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Wayne Palmer with (I think) Monte Perdido behind him.


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Wayne and I out on a stroll on what seemed like shale. Note the surgery done on Wayne's boot.


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Wayne with a nice view.


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After using ladders and chains to get up the rock wall the day before, Wayne woke up to realize that
his boot had actually delaminated. A little bit of duct tape, some medical tape, and some elbow
grease, and he was as good as new!


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Wayne with more nice views.


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Wayne and I enjoying a nice day (no rain!)


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Yours truly on the hump as we headed down into the valley de Anisclo.


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A panoramic shot of the view looking back from the valley de Anisclo.


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You could say that some of this trail is definitely not wheelchair accessible.


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This area looked to have some good climbing potential.


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Um, yeah, this was really the trail.


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Wayne relaxing on trail.


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This was about as far as we decided to go that day. It was tough to not have a smile on my face though.
Yes, the valle de Anisclo gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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Wayne says, "Welcome to my adopted homeland!"


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There wasn't a bad view to be had.


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There was a waterfall flowing through the middle of the headwall. I wonder if it ever freezes...


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Hmm, boltgun anyone??


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Wayne Palmer, 21 June 2008.


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Wayne found some snow to play in.


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Wayne points up to Monte Perdido at 3355 m.


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We initially had thoughts of summitting this mountain since it is mostly just a hike,
but Wayne's lack of good footwear and our epic the day before slowed us down a little.


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Wayne doing some more boot surgery at the end of our fun day hike.


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Did I mention the 3 course meal the refugio serves? I'd say this is living it up! It started with soup
then a roasted meat and vegetables and potatoes, and followed up with dessert pudding!


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The sun rising over Monte Perdido.


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Wayne gets ready for our departure. Due to the shape of his shoes, we decided to take a different
exit along the high side of the valley to Mirador de Calcilarruego.


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The Cascada de Cola de Caballo.


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Some company on our descent hike.


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I thought this was terrifically funny given Wayne and I's introduction to this area.


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The three peaks of Perdido, Marmor, and Anisclo.


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Same shot a little further down the valley.


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Wayne Palmer in the Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido.


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This was one of my Christmas cards in 2007.


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This is a pretty cool perspective.


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Wow, the stream seems like a long way down from the peaks. Water works awfully hard!


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A castle-looking rock along the ridge.


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I liked these flowers. They looked pretty robust to survive such a short growing season.


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"Hey Paul, I think I can see our car!"


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After the last of my duct tape blew, we resorted to an all-medical tape solution. Thank
you Adventure Medical Kits!


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Another view of my handiwork.


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I was actually really happy to take a different descent path since we got a sweet view across
the valley. This is Cascadas de Cotatuero (I think).


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Wayne at the lookout before the 500m descent in barely a couple of km.


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Wayne and I looking across the valley.


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Hey look, I can see the car!


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This is looking out towards Bujaruelo.


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A view looking from the viewpoint across the valley de Ordesa.


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The map of the area we hiked in. Thanks to Andrew North (I think) for the use of his map!


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You can't make up this type of smile. This is the smile that says, "If I have one more vertical metre
to descend, my knees will explode!" It also says, "Thank you for making it back in one piece!"


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I **think** these boots hit the trash heap when Wayne got home.


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Church in Zaragoza. I think this is Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, but I'm not sure.


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Wandering the streets of Zaragoza with Wayne.


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Let's just say I thought this statue looked well "serviced".

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