Sigma F200 in a nice shade of green!!
Just had our week in the Picos.
Great walking and dry. That limestone is surprisingly grippy. Lots of vultures and chamois. Lots of lizards high up, a few salamanders and a surprising number of tadpoles still around. Worked hard on the snake recognition but didn't see any. Of course.
Stayed at our guide's house near Potes. Mixed views on this: nice guy but didn't tell us enough about where we were going or what we might see. 500y old farmhouse but needed a bit of work. I'd rate it as OK and it is very conveniently placed.
Four English bikers from Worcester were staying there at the same time, but I didn't see any 7s.
One of my walking friends had a coronary artery stent inserted eight weeks before we went. His travel insurance became valid again six weeks after the procedure: amazing!
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your time in the Picos. I was considering going there next spring but I am thinking more Mont Blanc now or possibly the Tatras in Poland. I recently returned from walking in Umbria. It was a very enjoyable holiday, some beautiful locations but not really challenging enough for my preference.
The two previous years I went to Corvara in the Dolomites. That was fabulous and highly recommended. Walks are marked clearly on maps and very well maintained en-route. Also plenty of Via Ferrata if you are really keen. Stunning views, WW1 history, flora and fauna. It's really special IMO.
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