Alto de Aisa s(u)
Parts of the Spanish eastern Pyrenees are the
most remote part of this mountain chain. This is one of the
small passes between two old villages, that retain their
appearance from a previous time.
|I have used the pictures of panoramio and
flickr contributors, as well as other web sites to
illustrate this page. There are copyright notices and
links to all original pictures. My own pictures
were on a computer, that was stolen at the train station
Frankfurt Airport (model Acer Aspire One (serial#
EAST ALT: Puente La Reina de Jaca over the Rio Aragon
2.(16.1km,0750m)START-END EAST: profile turns right to
4.(28.8km,1227m)TOP: Alto de Aisa s(u)
5.(32.8km,1030m)upper turnoff to Aisa
6.(48.1km,0780m)START-END WEST: bridge over Rio Aragon
tributary, several km before Jaca
From West. The profile follows the Rio
Aragon from Puente La Reina de Jaca upstream. Sevaral km later
Jasa appears as a group of houses draped over a low ridge. In my
case low clouds obscure the snow covered peaks behind it.
The signed main road goes right through the deserted town
square and through a narrow alleyway with medieval surroundings.
No store is open, no cars are parked anywhere. There is not a
soul in sight.
This turns out to be the narrowest and most remote of the
narrow and remote little passes on my route today. Climbing into
the forested amphitheater of wooded hills and looking back, you
have to look closely to locate Jasa surrounded by all these
forested hills. they reced behind the town like waves in an
ocean. The road appears to turn to dirt - that's okay as long as
it doesn't end here. Actually a form of pavement returns also.
There are few remarkably steep and interesting switchbacks at
the well defined ridge top.
From East. (described downwards). The high Pyrenees
come into sight at this point and I take quite a few pictures.
But the most sublime spot is further down. After the computer
with my pictures was stolen, I did not think that I would see
images of this remote spot again. But - surprise - this
abandoned old stone building has attracted other panoramio and
flickr contributors, and they had equally great light conditions
as I did. Downslope weather veils the far white ridge in a soft,
dark light, while the valley enjoys clear sunshine. Some of the
best pictures in the slide show were taken in fall, while I was
there in the spring - and during that season trees obviously
behave differently. Since my pictures were bicycle touring
pictures, my bike also played a more prominent role, together
with the undulating edge of the road, as wild vegetation starts
to erode its edges and makes it even more part of nature.
Aisa is just a small group of old houses, grouped around the
church tower, equally closed down as Jasa on the other side. But
I do seem to remember a closed hostal. The church tower also
acts as focal point for all scenes from further below.
From Aisa there is actually another small pass that leads
over into the valley of the Rio Aragon. But the profile descends
the easy way to Jaca (as I did also). It reaches a low point
several km before reaching this important waypoint on the Camino
de Santiago, while crossing a tributary of the Rio Aragon.
image , arrows , or thumbnails to advance slideshow
A Day on a Tour with this point as intermediate summit is
on page: Alto de Zuriza