Mountain photography: tips to capture the perfect photo

Photography and hiking almost always come out to walk together, as is easier to show a photo than to tell –actually revive- a nature experience with words. These pictures remind us how much we enjoyed to go hiking and are useful to keep in mind the sites we have visited: if we don´t take them properly, will end up being unattractive and poor quality images.

We just need a mobile or an economical digital camera to get breath-taking photos. Still it is important to take into account that photography is a very complex world, but with practice and good tips anyone can make of his hiking experience a good photo album. So now Walkaholic invites you to get the best of your camera or smartphone, portraying beautiful landscapes and taking spectacular night pictures, as a true professional.

Landscape Photography

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Lago di Braies, Italia / kavram – es.123rf.com

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15 best Catalonia´s walking trails

Including the provinces of Barcelona, Lleida, Girona and Tarragona, Catalonia is one of the Spanish regions that have spectacular natural landscapes, very suitable for hiking.

For you to enjoy them fully, from Walkaholic we discuss the more we like. All of them can be browsed by using our mobile application, which will be your true companion on the route and give you useful advices before and during your trip.

As each path has its features, it depends on your interests what is the best fits you, depending on length, difficulty and if you travel with friends or family. Let´s discover together these incredible trails!

15 walking trails to enjoy in Catalonia

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Essential materials for hiking

Hiking is a demanding activity from the physical point of view, but fun for who love to be in direct contact with nature.

You must take into account that, for a short walk, we don´t need any preparation more than comfortable shoes. However, if we want to go to a higher level and practice trekking (longer and complicated routes) or mountain (including climbing), we need some items essential for hiking.

To have it or not, will mark the level of satisfaction of our experience. So from Walkaholic we invite you to you review our check list before throwing yourself to the adventure.

What you must have for hiking?

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Top 10 walking trails of Spain this fall

Hiking is an activity that has been extended worldwide and proposes an incredible mix of sport, cultural recreation and nature. This amazing activity creates quicklinks between humans and the environment, respecting cultural identity and National Heritage.

Spain has lovely environments of over 60,000 km from route; so many that you will lack the time to visit them all. If you are in love of this activity, from Walkaholic we propose 10 walking trails to do this fall and enjoy in the coming months.

Runs through the magical Spain autumn

Fall, with its explosion of colors worth to admire and pleasant temperatures, is the ideal time to walk. The routes we present you next have been selected among the most popular for this season, all of them documented in our app.

1. By the roads of Navarre: the Irati jungle

Located in Navarre excels the Irati jungle, the second largest European forest after the German Black Forest. You can access this place almost pristine from Ochagavia or Orbaitzeta. This Forest of beech and spruce has nature reserves as Lizardoia, proclaimed World Heritage Site. You can also enjoy the route to the crystalline waters of the Cubo´s river waterfall.

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Selva de Irati / Instagram @anderr235

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Different ways to sleep if you go hiking

Unless you plan a really short trip, one of the aspects to consider when you go trekking is which of the different ways to sleep you can use in this type of adventure.

Many novice hikers must learn the importance of choosing the right one in the hard way, and that involves much more than a bad night.

If you do not rest properly, you will not be able to have the necessary energy to keep on the pace in the next day. That becomes critical for trails in which you must take extreme caution: a steep and difficult terrain, where you must decide quickly and effectively at each step or compromise your balance, is not compatible with a tired hiker.

Let’s analyze then the different ways to sleep that a hiker has access to, so you can decide which is the most suitable for the route you plan to face.

ways to sleep if you go hiking
Before you embark on the adventure, plan where you are going to sleep.

Ways to sleep while hiking: pros and cons

Each of the options that a hiker has to spend the night has its particularities, benefits and usefulness in certain conditions.

The most suitable form depends on many factors. Among them are the weather conditions, the terrain, the season, the hiker economic possibilities, the size of the accompanying group and much more.

The shelter

This settlement is usually the best bet, because it provides the minimum comfort conditions to have a good rest after a day of walking.

Located in strategic regions of each route, the shelters or hostels usually have bunk beds, blankets, health services, information on the area and supplies.

Many have solar panels or electricity generators, so they are an excellent place to replenish your device batteries.

Some of them remain open throughout the year, but sometimes they close in the winter or when the route is not safe for hikers.

Another important aspect is that in the shelters you can obtain updated weather forecasts or attend emergencies.

All of them have means of communication and transport routes, which include rescue helicopters if needed. They can provide support if something goes wrong.

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Refuge of Bujaruelo / refugiodebujaruelo.com

There are different options of shelters that you could check in the Walkaholic web and app, both free (free of charge) and paid (or where a reservation is needed) to plan your route.

Usually you should contact them in advance and book your stay. There are several fares according to the route and the amenities offered by the refuge. In Spain, the shelters are managed by the FEDME (Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing), by regional federations or hiking associations that offer differential prices for their federated.

If your route passes through one or more of these shelters, it is worth considering them to get a good rest, but they are not always available, it is recommended that you book in advance.

Depending on the route, you can find mountain refuges, charity hostels, pilgrim hostels, private organizations hostels, school hostels or tourist hostels.

Tent

The tent is one of the most popular and comfortable choices for hikers. It guarantees some protection against the elements if the weather is not extreme.

It gives the possibility to spend the night almost anywhere. However, to make your adventure more comfortable, we recommend the possibility to sleep in controlled camping areas, which in many cases have available fresh water, WC and/or barbecue zones.

The Walkaholic web and app also have information about controlled camping areas (cámpings).

The main problem of the tent is its transportation, since you should carry it in your back when in route. Therefore, we must choose it carefully which one is the best in your case.

sleep in tents on mountain trails
For your safety and comfort, look for controlled camping areas.

The first factor is the dimensions, depending on the number of people who will sleep in it. It is also vital to analyze its weight, because depending on the duration and type of travel we must transport it on our backs. In this particular, those that can be divided into sections are better and the whole group can help to transport them.

Finally, the choice depends on the use we want to give it. For mountaineering, it must be very resistant to inclement weather, while trekking and hiking tents offer protection, comfort and resistance alike. Finally, the camping cannot withstand storms or strong winds, but they are spacious and comfortable.

In any case, use as criterion that a personal tent for hiking should not weigh too much in order to not overloading your back.

The hammock

If the weather conditions allow it and we go hiking in a wooded area or the beach, a light and popular option to sleep is the hammock. This portable bed stretched between two supports can support weights up to 300 kg and more.

Depending on the weather, you would also have to use the sleeping bag inside the hammock. It depends on the cold, rain or wind.

We also recommend using a tarp: a strong, flexible and waterproof canvas that will cover you from the humidity and the rain.

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The hammock: a lightweight option to transport and easy to install.

They have the additional advantage that they allow you to separate yourself from the ground, so you will be safe from insects and other annoying terrestrial neighbors. If you like to protect yourself of mosquitoes and other flying insects, you can use a fly net.

When you buy the hammock, be sure that the fly net is incorporated, since not all the models have it.

The best hammocks are those that do not have crossbars that increase the weight made of waterproof materials such as nylon, with precise dimensions for your size and that have hooks and a bag to pick it up. Of course, they must also be lightweight.

The bivouac

Bivouac is one of the most used ways to sleep while hiking. It is overnight without further protection than a good sleeping bag.

It may be a good idea to consider, because it allows you to rest quickly if something unexpected happens or if the route is very long.

To make bivouac, you need three main elements: a sleeping bag, an insulator and a bivouac waterproof sheath that allows perspiration. The good ones are somewhat expensive, but it is worthwhile guaranteeing the comfort to rest in hostile terrains.

Sleeping in the bivouac on the mountain
Pic de Creussans with Bivouac / Eduardo Salete

Some hiker advice for any of the ways to sleep

To sleep outside a shelter it is important to have a place that is flat, so it is not advisable to wait until the last light of day to find a suitable place. If there is a slope, always try to place your head towards the highest area.

If possible, turn your back to the wind and protect yourself with natural barriers. Never make your camp near cliffs, because if it rains, mudslides can happen that put you in trouble. The same goes for areas of possible landslides or avalanches. Also, do not choose sites very close to the riverbed. This way you will avoid a sudden flood, a bad encounter with an animal that came to drink and at least, the annoying mosquitoes.

But, above all, respect nature. Do not ignite fires that can be out of control if you leave them unattended, do not leave any garbage and inform yourself and respect the regulations of the trail you choose to go hiking.

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