A great perk of living in Catalunya is the proximity of mountains. About an hours drive from Barcelona will get you to Montserrat, a rocky forested mountain with sheer faces for climbers & rolling wooded trails for hikers. Last Sunday I once again lifted my camera to capture some of Montserrat's aspects & surrounding views, as, along with a couple of lovely friends we made our way around a couple of easy trails on a warm winters afternoon.
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Montserrat is a mountain west of Barcelona with several peaks, the highest being Sant Jeroni at 1,236 m. It's name is derived from its distinctive serrated, sawtooth-like shape range of peaks.
Being born & bred in the midlands of England there was very little in the way of mountains for me to explore as a youth, so having such places as Monserrat almost at my doorstep I greatly appreciate.
This Sunday last we drove out to the west of the mountain, so as to catch the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the afternoon. The day, as per usual, was bright & sunny, & within just five minutes of walking we were fairly warm, despite the fresh wind that cut up around the larger rock faces.
We'd checked the information board for a good trail & found one that lead to Refugi Vicenç Barbé. A refugi (refuge) is a maintained building for hikers to seek refuge from adverse weather conditions, or to make a stop-over at for the night. Refuges are often maintained & serviced by live-in caretakers who also provide meals. Refugi Vicenç Barbé looked to be able to sleep up to about 15 people, & cost €14 per night per head plus food extra.
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We stopped at the refuge for about 20 minutes to snack (& record the 'Escombriaires' first impro video - see below), before making our way back to the car park just in time to catch the sunset splashing out oranges & pinks liberally across the skies.
In the distance snow streaked mountains reflected pink & blue hues.
And here's a little extra... Performing an improvised piece 'Refugi Vicenç Barbé Rag' featuring 'Escombriaires' - Jordi Paris on rubber band box percussion & Justí P Marró on pistachio shell shaker. Video directed & produced by Blanca Solé.
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