Issues will not go into the ravine route approximation, since it is available in many references and links, some of which you'll find at the end of this post. Very briefly, Alquezar go to Asque, we continue towards Arcusa. As a starting point we drop the car near the Lecina before the turnoff to this town. As observation at this point down to first find a car park on the left, which is the Portiacha Canyon, a tributary of Vero River. Continue to the second parking lot on the left, a little later. From this second parking 'll take path that leads within 5 minutes at the beginning of the canyon, in a small dam.
The first part of Vero River is walking. Some times may be used parallel trails to the Vero River, part of the route of the San Martín Hermitage. This will advance apace.
A dam allows us to make a small jump to get into contact with water. In the event that no small wetsuits have a minimum of millimeters, reduce their time in the water, to prevent unnecessary heat loss.
Vero first walls shown.
Small kids, small jumps.
Then move apace. The Vero Canyon is long and whenever possible we will spare no time to win.
The game of imagining forms on the walls will be common for part of the Vero descent.
Stop time, bath time.
Vero shapes on your walls are surprised.
Large eyes to nose.
We reached an area in which he is forced to get into water. At this point it should be properly equip, full wetsuit, helmet, life jackets if needed, etc.
We are in the pre-dark zone. Nothing better than enjoying one of the many Vero jumps.
Hops and more hops. All these small dimensions. Ideal for the kids practice.
We walked in the dark.
The lack of sun makes the kids start losing temperatura.Jumps are the quickest way forward. Every kid is accompanied, at all times by an adult. That does not mean they do not do everything possible to progress independently by difficulties.
Among the few dark sunburst slip.
Sunbeams and hugs. Different way to get warm. Dark Vero impressive, with its play of lights. It is not caving, but it seems.
We left the dark. The Vero River is opened slightly. No rush. After dark a good time, when the sun heats up, so that small temperature recover as well as hydrate. It is also good place to eat something. Kids battery charges very quickly.
We followed some narrow corridors.
The limestone shows its forms.
Areas of shade and sun occur.
A vulture amid a wall, very close to us, seems to be sticking a feast. A pity not to have a decent zoom on the photograph camera. Well, you better not be worth a minimally decent photograph camera.
The stunning water color. Does colored water?.
At this point we are about halfway canyon descent. We have not yet reached the high peak. There are no pictures of the rest. I've discovered a new option for my camera. After many days of activity, is the first time it happens, to fill the memory card of photos, the camera puts in read mode, without giving any chance to erase do not want to keep doing photos. Later, after downloading the pictures, I had to format the memory card to reuse. Unbelievable but true.
Ahead we'll be perplexed with the large visor, as the name suggests, is a large roof, really big, flying over our heads.
After this great visor, three difficulties have to cross-sections which are tedious come to do something with kids, three blocks chaos that we find. In order not to exhaust the children, each of them opted for, at various points, overtaking adult a number of meters to verify the best forward area between the blocks, avoiding children having to fast forward, rewind, back advance, etc. Just as search, possible areas of progress, difficulties that are best suited to them.
After the last great chaos, enter into the Villacantal Gorge that announces the end of the canyon descent, the Roman Bridge of Villacantal in the following photo of our visit to Vero River last year.
At this point it is time to change kids to dry clothes to initiate a return path. On the return there are many possibilities. Best of all, if you have a second vehicle which has been allowed in the town of Alquezar or Asque, consumer tastes. From the Villacantal Bridge, we take the path of the bridge. Right, right bank of Vero River towards Alquezar. Left to Asque.
In our case, to have a single car, the activity is planned for the children, with an adult, make the path to Alquezar town where you expect to enjoy, in this case, a championship in his square ball Basque, on arrival of the vehicle. In parallel, an adult will make the long and arduous return to the car seat, in the parking Lecina. For this, the path to the bridge Villacantal left, it gets Asque. Shortly after climbing at a crossroads, instead of picking the right one to Asque, we take the left at all, a stretch that will take us along the right bank of the Lumos Canyon, to trace the path steeply the "Covacho of Arpán". This trail leads to 9 kilometers road from Lecina to Asque. 4 kilometers of road then will travel to the parking start the Vero descent. Of course, we will do roadside finger. This route to the car will start falling between 2h30m and 3h hike.
Although this was the plan, to get to the Villacantal Bridge we met a group of French canonists. We asked if they had room in their vehicle for a person to climb the parking Lecina. The group was with a company called "Canyoning High Pyrenees". I have blown away with the guide of the company. To this question put everything in his power to give me the car back to the bedside. I did accompany the group leading to the town of Lecina. Then, although there were many people who had to take a seat, spread over several areas-car header, made the necessary steps to fix a place on the vehicle carrying above. In addition , I was able to chat with him at length during the return. I have found that in addition to a great love of this and other outdoor sports, is a great professional. People who care every detail of the activities with their customers. People who care the number of clients per guide, to improve the activity and minimize risk. Very knowledgeable and love of canyons. And if something is missing, also a great companion for those who do free ravines. Serve these lines as gratitude to the people of the High Pyrenees and, in particular, Josep Creus.
Overview . :
Approach from the upper car.: 5m.Descent.: 5h -friendlyReturn to the car.: 40 minutes for second car in Asque or Alquezar. For return walk to the car upper car (2h 30m to 3h) [an adult for the car and the rest Alquezar or Asque ] .Material needed with children : 1. 15m rope for safety , 2 harnesses, wetsuits , helmets. If a child can not swim life jacket. Indispensable -friendly food and water for the whole day . Dry clothes for children.
About this canyon (topocanyons.info source links).:
- http://www.somontano.org/vero/ (a marvel in photography and visual tour of Vero)
Actividades complementarias.: En la Sierra de Guara existen muchos y variados barrancos, algunos de ellos aconsejables para niños, así como rutas. Para más información ver sección descenso de cañones y rutas-senderos del menú principal de actividades para niños disponible en el enlace siguiente.
Complementary activities.: In the Sierra de Guara canyoning are many and varied, some of them desirable for children, as well as hiking. For more information see section "Sports in nature for CHILDREN" on the main menu of blog also available in the following link.