Are you sure this is the footpath Ken?

Are you sure this is the footpath Ken?

Johnnie finds the exposure on the trail a bit severe. Foto by Ken
on Jan 27, 2008 5:37 pm
Image Type(s): Hiking
Image ID: 376149


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Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Jan 27, 2008 7:06 pm - Voted 10/10

Holley Crap!!

Is he clipped into anything? Extreme!! Nice shot.



DrJonnie - Jan 28, 2008 5:12 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Holley Crap!!

Hi Dan,
thanks for your comment.
no, we were not roped-up on the traverse of those "clavijas" I guess the hairy part was for around 20 horizontal feet between ledges.
It was well exposed but if those steps were 2 feet off the gound, your granny wouldn't worry about crossing them.
cheers Johnnie


rpc - Apr 3, 2008 11:52 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Holley Crap!!

"no, we were not roped-up on the traverse of those "clavijas" "
nice pic tho!


DrJonnie - Apr 4, 2008 8:06 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Holley Crap!!

thanks rpc, its a wonder there was no camera shake from my mate Ken, as he was next across.
cheers Johnnie

Dmitry Pruss

Dmitry Pruss - Feb 5, 2008 2:47 pm - Voted 10/10

Looks good

where is that thing?


DrJonnie - Feb 6, 2008 6:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks good

Hi Mockba,
this is on a 'trail' in the Ordessa Gorge in the Spanish Pyrenees. Their local term "clavijas" covers a multitude of aid point types but mainly stainless steel rods drilled into the rock and stainless steel chains linking these at risky sections. A little bit like Via Ferrata, although I've never seen any steel ladders in Spain yet.
cheer Johnnie


DrJonnie - Apr 8, 2008 7:11 am - Hasn't voted

Re: cool man cool

Hi d_shorb, your image of Brent prussicking on El Cap looked far more scary.
cheers Johnnie


eza - Apr 14, 2008 10:34 am - Voted 10/10

Wonderful picture!

Gives the exact feeling you get when crossing the Clavijas de Cotatuero. If anyone wants a wider look at the spot, here you can find an old scanned slide of mine.


DrJonnie - Apr 14, 2008 2:27 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful picture!

Thanks Enrique, and for the reminder of the name of the clavijas. I remember now we were heading up into the high valley below the Tres Soares (hope my spelling is OK). We came back down beside the Tozal de Mallo.
cheers Johnnie


ChristianRodriguez - Oct 22, 2008 9:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Ufff man!!!

What a crazy thing... I will go to Spain on nov 13th... you gave me an great idea hehehe


DrJonnie - Oct 25, 2008 8:29 am - Hasn't voted

long way down

have a good trip Christian and be careful on those Clavijas!!


Marcsoltan - Apr 15, 2009 9:26 pm - Voted 10/10

I see a chain

If this chain goes across the whole 20 feet, I think it's possible to make a loop of webbing over and around the chain and attach the webbing to yourself. Otherwise, I would be looking for a clean pair of pants for myself.
Is that a smile on your face?


DrJonnie - Apr 21, 2009 8:22 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I see a chain

Hi Marc,

yes the chain was spanning the whole pitch so we could have used via ferrata belaying devices but we didn't have any with us at the time as we were only going for a walk!!!

cheers Johnnie


DrJonnie - Apr 21, 2009 8:26 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I see a chain

Oh sorry Marc, forgot to mention about the smile, it was one of those slightly nervous type moments when bravado influences you to try and laugh in the face of the subjective danger!

cheers Johnnie


RayMondo - Oct 13, 2009 4:12 pm - Voted 10/10


Me, I'd have a smile as broad as a banana - that's what apes do when they're scared sh**less!

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