ABOUT THIS BOOK 6 INTRODUCTION TO NORTHERN SPAIN 8 ARRIVING IN NORTHERN SPAIN 14 TREKKING IN NORTHERN SPAIN 22 EASTERN (CATALUNIAN) PYRENEES 28 Trek 1: Through the Valle de Nuria 32 Trek 2: Sierra del Cadi 39 Trek 3: A Thousand and One Lakes 43 Trek 4: Trekking Through the Val d'Aran 49 Trek 5: Valle De Gistain 55 WESTERN(ARAGONES-NAVARRO) PYRENEES 60 Trek 6: In the Heart of the Pyrenees 64 Trek 7: Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park 68 Trek 8: On the Path of the Bear 73 Trek 9: Roncesvalles and Alto Irati 78 CORDILLERA CANTABRICA 84 Trek 10: The Ravines of the Alto Ebro and Rio Rudron 88 Trek 11: The Alaska of Spain 93 Trek 12: The Saja/Besaya National Reserve 98 PICOS DE EUROPA 104 Trek 13: Lunar Landscapes of the Picos 108 Trek 14: The Flight of the Arabs 113 Trek 15: The Summits of the Three Massifs 119 EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO 130 Trek 16: The Pilgrims' Route 132 THE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT 150 FIRST AID IN THE MOUNTAINS 151 MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY 153 GLOSSARY & BIBLIOGRAPHY 155 INDEX 156 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 160
Jim Thomson has lived in the Picos de Europa for 13 years. Together, he and his wife lead treks in the local mountains and other destinations such as South America and Nepal, and run the small Hotel Torrecerredo. Ilja Schroder has been working as a nature photographer and observer for 17 years. He has lived in the Pyrenees and Cordillera Cantabrica since 1989, where he specializes in photographing and studying the behaviour of wolves and bears. Consultant Victor Saunders is an internationally respected climber, qualified alpine guide and previous winner of the Boardman-Tasker prize.