Frost. Beauty and danger in the snow

I am sure you know the frost well, and more now during winter. But do you know which dangers they have linked to snow?

The frost is formed at night, by the drop of temperature and the condensation of water on the surface (in this case, on the snow). This water can come from the air or the lower layers of snow, warmer than the surface.

Frost is therefore not a type of snow, but it is involved in snow phenomenons, as it influences the behavior of the snow cover.

Usually the frost disappears during the day, in the daytime heat. But if it does not, and the process is repeated for several days, a separate layer can form in the snow cover, which is called snow crust, tremendously hard and slippery.


Frost on the snow



If it subsequently snows on top, we find ourselves in a very dangerous situation whenever we walk on sloping terrain. It may seem that snow is ideal for a walk, but all the soft snow could yield due to our weight and it may happens a snowslide.

It is not very common to find frosts that crystallize so much in the Cantabrian Mountains. Although frosts are not uncommon, winds, daytime temperatures and the absence of many anticyclonic days make it rare to see frosts like those in the photos.

They are really cool images, but remember that snow can be very beautiful and dangerous at the same time. So, it is so important, whenever you like to gor for a walk in a snowy landscape, just go to a flat area, or in the company of professionals.

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How to shit in the bush?

Rubbish in the countryside

(Walk during the daylight, the night is mine)

Sustainability, helping nature.  What should I do when I have to shit?


This is the Blog post I've wanted to do, since we started on the page. I know it looks rude, but it's much more important than it looks. And not only because of the smells, but because of the ecological impact and human risks:

- Droppings can contaminate lakes and streams, as well as, by infiltration, mountain springs. Viruses, bacteria, protozoa and other parasites can contaminate human-consuming water.

- Paper contamination. It can take up to a year to completely decompose.

- Risks of poor hygiene after making water bigger and lower

Of course, nature has been the public bath of humans and animals for millennia, and in low densities and conducive environmental conditions, it can be beneficial for the terrain. But as hikers or hikers, we are beings outside the ecological balance, and that is why we must try to reduce our impact as much as possible.

That's why it's important to keep in mind some simple tips:

- On short excursions, it is ideal to have solved the problem at home. The best way to avoid the impact of a residue on nature is not by generating it.

- Avoid places near roads or lakes, streams or rivers. A minimum distance of 50-60 meters is recommended.

- If possible, dig a small hole where you can then bury it. Ideally it is soil with loose and sunny soil.

- If you use fig paper, do not throw it away. Take it in a watertight bag until you find a trash can or dumpster, already at home. Another option is to burn the paper. In that case, make sure you completely burn the paper, and that the fire is completely off before you leave. It would no longer be the first fire caused by this recklessness.

- Wet wipes, compresses, tampons, etc... we have to put them in a bag and throw them in a container, already at home.

- We must wash our hands afterwards, to avoid the risk of infections by our own hands.


I promise to be less scatological in upcoming blogs, but if you go out into the wild from time to time and see how some corners are by the roads, you will understand me perfectly...

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Andai de día, que la nuechi ye mía

La Güestia - Halloween

(Walk during the daylight, the night is mine)

Local traditions in Asturias, and much more...  Do you think that enlightened pumkins are just for american Halloween?


We are nearly in the All Hallows Eve. Or Halloween, Samhain, Tosantos, Night of the Dead... These is a data where the pagan and the religious mix, separate, stir or shake, like a gintonic. Pure syncretism. From the festivities of muertitos in Mexico to the Spanish Don Juan Tenorio.

Is it a Christian or a pagan tradition? It's hard to get it right. Acording to Celtic culture, it was a celebration of the end of the harvest.

Anyway, today we would like to tell you what or who the “Güestia” is. Either the “Santa Compaña”, or the “Burra Parda”, or the “Hueste de ánimas”, or the “Estadea”, or the “Corteju de Genti de Muerti” ....... Popular Asturian, Galician, Castilian, Extremaduran traditions... In Asturies, the Güestia is a procession of dead people who roam penance on the roads, announcing death, on this magical night. If you meet them, it is said that you will die within a year, unless you are a “Vedoria” person. In that case, they cannot affect you, but you can predict who is going to die soon.

Surely, nobody wants them to come to their house, of course. Therefore, lights are put on the roads, to light their way and pass by, not to stand. In the absence of electric light, hollow pumpkins were put on, with holes and candles lit inside. Hollow pumpkins with a candle inside... what does it remind you of?

In Ireland, the Banshees announced death. In Zamora, a ragged woman who stinks does the same.

Religion or paganism? Legend or reality? Invention or popular culture?

I know, everything is pure legend, popular culture that goes far away from borders and survives for centuries.

But just in case, during the Hallows Eve…

"Andai de día, que la nuechi ye mía"

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