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Trip Report: Canyons of the Sierra de Guara, Spain (page 1)
All photos by Todd unless otherwise noted.

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Participants: John, Gabe, Todd & Steph
Canyons: Oscuros del Balces, Mascun Superior, Fornocal, Portiacha, Basender, Mascun Inferior, Cueva Cabrito
Other Canyons Completed: Estrechos del Balces, Escuain, Gloces & Furco.
As a part of our extended canyoning excursion to Spain we relocated from the Pyrenees to the Sierra de Guara Mountains, which is a small range located a bit south with many canyoning opportunities. We are armed with a list of recommendations and plan to hit as many of the best canyons as possible while the rest of the country is stuck at work (or looking for work - at the time of this writing, Spain unfortunately has an unemployment rate of 11.2%). The group is a bit haggard from the frenetic pace of the last few days and decides on a casual trip through the Oscuros del Balces.
To continue the theme of the blind leading the blind, 'Oscuros' refers to something like 'dark, twisty narrows' in Espanol, 'Estrechos' are 'straight narrows'. Here are some of the twisty kind.
Not only is the water a breathtaking Tidy-Bowl green, it also has a fresh clean scent of spearmint (er ..... not really, I made that up). It did have a good current though. We rummaged through the toolbox of approved ACA techniques to determine the best means of navigating the treacherous flow. We settle on floating.
Canyoning hard? Or hardly canyoning? 
The next day we're up for something a little more hardy, and opt for Mascun Superior. This is another classic canyon in the Guaras, I guess Pine Creek in Zion would sort of be its equivalent in the states. The canyon features a few nice jumps, some spectacular waterfalls, a cave and great scenery.
The canyon eventually enters a cave. The high mineral content in the water makes for some interesting travertine formations.
If this next photo seems a little too perfect, it's because the whole thing was created in a studio. Styrofoam rock walls, a tanker truck of water released into the koi pond at the bottom and a model hired and posed based on the results of extensive focus group research. For a reasonable fee I'll digitally edit in your product, suitable for use in most print media.
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