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Taking the High Road

Storm clouds roll in over the Puerto de Pajares in northern Spain. Connecting Asturias with Leon, the road over the mountain pass reaches a 17% gradient, and was once Continue Reading →

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Scenery on Big Screens

Crossing the mountains that divide León from Asturias, Renfe’s high-speed Alvia train slows to a crawl to negotiate tight turns. Having a bit more time to enjoy the views didn’t seem to upset anyone. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Sentries of Tradition

On a cold November day, sleet that wants to be snow falls on a pasture high in the mountains of Somiedo, Asturias. This wild corner of Spain, still home to wolves and brown bears, has for centuries been used by Continue Reading →

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Where Lammergeiers Dare

The Mallos de Riglos, in the foothills of Aragon’s Pyrenees Mountains, are conglomerations of sand and gravel from ancient rivers discharging into the Ebro depression. Birds of many species use the walls as nesting grounds, including one of Europe’s rarest raptors, Continue Reading →

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Going Up

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A climber scales the Via Ferrata Regina-Oliana in the province of Lérida, Catalonia. One of Spain’s best ferratas, the Regina-Oliana is long, demanding and spectacular. This type of climbing route, while not without its dangers, Continue Reading →

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Summer storm in the mountains of León

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A summer storm rolls through the mountains behind the Riaño reservoir in the province of León, Spain. Photo ©Mike Randolph.

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