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Pico de Juanar, Marbella

09 October 2005

It’s pretty amazing what kids are capable of doing. Today, we went on hike, again with the folks from Senderitos.com, and watched a group of kids hike for over five hours, including a climb of nearly 800 meters!

Today’s trip was a little closer to home for us, just up the road to the Juanar area, near Ojen. After meeting with Luis and the Senderitos gang, we parked down close to the refugio, and began the five hour hike up, over and then down the Pico Juanar.

I just couldn’t believe how well our four year old did. Well, we did have a small crisis at the steepest point of the climb (Can’t. Go. Any. Further. Daddy.), and that’s when we discovered the secret to getting kids to march indefinitely – scary stories. We went through vampires, mummies, werewolves, ghosts and “Evil Queens”, on route to the 800 meter peak. Daddy had the 14 kg younger one on his back all day, and did noticeably worse than the four-year-old.

For those of you familiar with the area, we took the backside trail up, turned left at the split off to La Concha, and then took the steep switch-back trails back down the front. All in all, a very nice day!

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