Gredos, ski traverse of the Three Cirques

La Sierra de Gredos, West Central Spain, abrupt, rugged, alpine in character..its high ground though arid in Summer often accumulates meters of snow in Winter..aside the single road that penetrates to its interior it offers only difficult access to humans with day long approaches and 1000m altitude gains just to get near the base of the high peaks..a place as lonely and beautiful as any on our planet.

On the weekend of 8-9 April, with a little help from a fleet of ATVs, the Madrid Alpine Club carried out a ski traverse of the Three Cirques of Gredos – some would say Four, including El Gargantón – a traditional activity that brings people to places where human voices are rarely to be heard.

A project through which the searing solitude and enormous landscapes of this sublimely desolate Sierra are briefly riven by the miniscule presence of a small group of primates with boards attached to their feet.

Some fifty persons took part, including at least one Portuguese, one Englishman and one Irishman. Here’s my video-version of the events of those two days..

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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