sábado, 30 de noviembre de 2013

The Vero River (Alquezar, Sierra de Guara), [touchdown]

This canyon activity constitutes a small first contact with the world of canyoning. The aim is to familiarize with the equipment, and the canyoning progression. Section features make the activity does not require any planning, as we will see will be necessary in future.

The Vero River is one of the classic canyon of the Sierra de Guara in Huesca. Although a flow river type has no technical difficulty (another thing is with high flow), is difficult to do with young children, their length. In this case, and since it will be their first contact with the sport, and the goal is that you have a great time and want to repeat, we selected a small section of Vero River. Specifically, between the "Barranco de la Fuente" and Villacantal Bridge.

There is much and varied information on Vero Canyon. Of all the links highlight the following.:

Other links of Vero Canyon. (in Spanish):

Advance work and equipment.

It is a small stretch of Vero River without technical difficulty, so any material vertical progression is not included. Full wetsuits for children (3-4 mm.), boots, helmets (tight to their little heads), lifejackets its size (in the case of not knowing how to swim) are included. In addition, various food and water. It is essential kids well hydrated.

Approximation route.
We start Alquezar. We were accompanied by two kids, one 7 years old, with a good level of swimming, and other 4, who can not swim.
The streets of Alquezar

Desde el núcleo urbano de Alquezar cogemos el camino que, de inmediato, nos mete en el Barranco de la Fuente. En todo momento descendemos entre sus paredes. Sorprende la vista de la Colegiata de Alquezar.

From the town of Alquezar take the route that immediately puts us in the "Barranco de la Fuente". At all times go down within its walls. Surprising in view of the Alquezar Collegiate.
Alquezar Collegiate

Un gran número de pasarelas y escaleras en madera nos descienden hacia el Vero. Algún pasamanos hace que los niños tengan que progresar por un camino de roca. La aproximación, tomándola con calma, y siempre descendiendo, es de 1h.

A large number of wooden walkways and stairs down to the Vero River us. One handrail makes children have to progress along a path of rock. The approach, taking it easy, and always falling, is 1 hour.

Drop-approximation for the "Barranco de la Fuente"
We arrived at Vero River to appreciate the confluence with the "Barranco de la Fuente".

The descent (in this case rising).

In the course started, upside usual in this sport, by Vero. After a few meters we found a large vault excavated by Vero on your left side. It is the ideal place to take your first contact with the equipment and the surroundings. After their wetsuits properly fitted regularly and, in the case of kids, life jacket, you are put in the water under the vault. At first we left with the cap, to make them look not burdened by the helmet. The first contact, the better, slowly.

We leave them a good time in that area to become familiar with the environment and, above all, enjoy.

The small kid, what catches your eye, you can wet your shoes say anything without it. And question, but I can wet them?. Insists that wants to go in boots. After a while check it's not a good idea to progress through the ravines. And with all this, we continue the canyon ascent.

Scroll through the water with small legs are not easy. Gradually they are getting the hang of.

After some canyon sections move with some agility, always playing and enjoying.

We arrived at an ideal proving with another typical progression in technical canyons, jump area.

Is this the ideal time to change their cap for helmet. Fundamental to be of a size and is perfectly adjusted. Although it is obvious, are not very small kids wear helmets, let alone that it is very tight and tied.  

And, who does not like jumping?. Depending on the age of each different looking jumps, repeating several times and trying to correct technique and form of entry into water. Also, you can not jump everywhere, there is a thing called depth.

Strikes me that the child does not know standing jump. In all cases launches header. Though I try to explain how to jump up, over and jumping on board. Phew, brings back many memories.

After a while, and a large number of jumps, we continued the canyon ascent. After a few meters, they are the ones who are looking rocks and jump points to continue the fun. You really like jumping.

When the blocks disappear, or depth makes all sorts of impossible jumps, no choice but to continue.

A small place ideal for stuffing between the "foam".

And among the route approximation, canyon progression and a large number of jumps, among others, the two kids they fall asleep. They do not understand having to continue. Here time must be planned with plenty of room. And if they are tired, it is best to stop and get some sleep. Without going so that they do not rise as real "zombies." The bags, ropes available, etc.., how can be a mattress.

Al despertarse, es hora de comer un poco y, fundamental, hidratarlos. Proseguimos el ascenso, corto ascenso. Inicialmente los llevamos de la mano. Han despertado de su siesta aunque todavía tienen una cierta "caraja" encima.

Upon awakening, it's time to eat a little and hydrate them. We continued the ascent, short ascent. They have awakened from his nap but still have a sleepiness up some.

And now the Villacantal bridge of the late Middle Ages. Draws attention to the greatness of the bridge relative to the minute road-path. It was a small stretch of Vero River though, for kids, intense and certainly novel, and very funny.

On the bridge we change the kids clothing. It is essential to have dry clothes for them. We will return the path on the right side gunner back Alquezar.

The trail always lead us to climb near Alquezar.

From the route the children identified in the river some of the items on its canyon ascent.

And if we start with an image of the Alquezar Collegiate, ended up with the same "punch".

In just over 1 hour we arrive to Alquezar. In total there have been 5 hours of very relaxing canyon descent.

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