Picos de Europa – El Anillo Extrem(e) with Alfonso & Manu

Mucho Gusto!

I’m back after my 10 days in Northern Spain with Hazel, Steffi and Rach, and our exciting eight day hut-to-hut trekking circuit of the Picos de Europa with Alfonso and Manu.

Picos de Europa - Relief map
Picos de Europa – Relief map

We did El Anillo Extrem, which turned out to be Extrem (ES) by name and extreme (EN) by nature….

In fact I don’t think we quite realised what we were letting ourselves in for when we talked to Alfonso about a private trip after our 2019 Exodus introduction to the mountains of Northern Spain.

But it was totally fab. And no COVID this trip!

The first four days were coloured by the weather – cool, wet and very windy conditions made to soggy, muddy walking and we did Alfonso’s Plan B Itinerary on a couple of the longer days. But in Soto de Valdeón the sun returned and – in blithe ignorance – we embarked on the much more adventurous second half of our trip.

But it was “nothing we hadn’t done before” …. just chain-rails and rope-rails, grade 3 scrambling, rock climbing, via ferrata-ing up and around rock faces, occasional abseiling down….  none of which we had anticipated. Plus narrower trails, more scree, steeper, more sheer drops and trickier terrain – especially the moonscape around Cabaña Verónica.

A well earned beer, Collado Jermoso
A well earned beer, Collado Jermoso

We had a great time 🙂

So much so that we’ve asked A&M to plan a trip for us next year in the Pyrenees!