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Essential Info.
Austrian Alps - Zugspitze Handbook Information

Useful to know before you go

Arrival

On your arrival at the Hotel Sabocos, you will be asked to hand in the signed disclaimer sent to the person who booked the holiday prior to your departure. This should be signed by all members of your party. See the Disclaimer tab for a copy and more details.

We will also need to take a copy of your passports for the purposes of tourist registration, so please ensure you have your passport to hand or bring your own copy.

Banks

There are three banks in Panticosa and there are at least two cashpoints available in the village.

Day Off

We have our local day-off on a Thursday. In Hotel Sabocos, breakfast is served but dinner is not included, as a part of your holiday. Hotel Sabocos still serves food. There are no organised walks and there is no Office Hour. You can subscribe to Friday’s organised walks on Wednesday evening. If you are arriving on a Thursday, either a member of our team or the Hotel Sabocos staff will meet you, settle you in, recommend somewhere to eat and pass on the walking options for the following day.

Dietary Requirements

Please contact us now if you have not informed us of any dietary requirements. If you are organising a group, have you checked the dietary requirements of your party? This concerns vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. Unfortunately, we cannot cater for personal food preferences.

Disclaimer & At Your Own Risk

During your stay, please always bear in mind that you are responsible for your own safety. You join organised walks at your own risk as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. Similarly, we cannot be held responsible for the opinions and information we offer for self-guiding. In an age of litigation, we repeat the ‘at your own’ risk message at the start of each organised walk and it can become repetitive, but the message is too important.

Estimated Time of Arrival

Please contact us ASAP with your arrival time if you haven’t already. So that we can be there to greet you and settle you in. Please visit www.colletts.co.uk/eta and enter your details. Have a guess if you are not sure.

Fly-Drivers & Self-Drivers

According to the AA, all valid UK driving licenses should be accepted in Spain.
If you have booked a hire car, a credit (not debit!) card is essential. It is generally swiped but not debited, although it is wise to make sure it is not being debited.
You will also need your license DVLA Licence Check Code from the DVLA website.
Self-drivers should familiarise themselves with the driving requirements for Spain, and the compulsory equipment that must be carried in your car. See www.theaa.com
For driving directions see the Travel & Directions tab.

Hairdryers

All the rooms in Hotel Sabocos have hairdryers. For self-caterers, hairdryers are not provided in the El Fondon apartments, but are supplied at La Ripera apartments.

Internet

Free WiFi access is available in the reception, bar and lounge areas in Hotel Sabocos. Please ask at reception for the password. There is also a desktop computer available in Hotel Sabocos for guests to check emails and enjoy light surfing (for a small charge). Some of the cafés in Panticosa also have WiFi access.

Packed lunches

Packed lunches are available to you wherever you are staying, except on Thursdays. Simply order one at Office Hour for collection from Hotel Sabocos the following day. A standard packed lunch includes a sandwich with a choice of fillings, a piece of fruit, a snack bar and a drink. They cost €6 and we will add the cost of any packed lunches to your Red File account, which you can settle up on the eve of your departure. See – Red File.

Supermarkets

There is a small mini‐market in Panticosa (approximate opening times: Mon‐Sat, 9am‐1.30pm & 5‐8pm and Sun, 9am‐1.30pm ‐ although in early June and late September, the supermarket tends only to be open in the mornings). Self catering guests travelling to Panticosa from France are recommended to visit a French supermarket (eg. Intermarche, Champion, Carrefour or E.Leclerc in Toulouse, Pau or Laruns) on their way to Panticosa and those travelling to Panticosa from Spain are advised to visit a Spanish supermarket (eg. Eroski or Dia in Zaragoza, Huesca or Jaca). Note that supermarkets in France and Spain are closed on Sundays.

Other Info. & Local A-Z
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Local A-Z

Here is some local information in an A-Z format that will hopefully whet the appetite and help you hit the ground running.
Click here to print this page as a PDF.

Activities

See – Guides & Other Activities.

Artouste & the Petit Train

A spectacular high altitude narrow gauge railway ‐ originally developed to assist with the construction of the Artouste hydro‐electric project. The Petit Train now transports tourists and walkers along a 10km mountain balcony at a height of 2100m to the Lac Artouste reservoir high above the Vallee d’Ossau. This excursion has become a firm favourite with many Collett’s guests.
Opening times: approximately 8:30am‐5pm daily. Adult single approximately €16 and return €26. A 40 minute drive from Panticosa.

Baños de Panticosa

A 10 minute drive up an impressive winding valley from Panticosa is the small spa town of Baños de Panticosa. The town was built up rapidly, with the hope its healing waters would secure it a permanent position on the map. Its mineral waters are said to be a treatment for digestive, respiratory, skin, nerve and kidney disease. We have a number of moderate-hard grade walks that start from here, ascending the steep headwall of this valley end. At 1630m and with its own Refugio, it is the perfect starting point for a walk. There is an excellent spa complex that is great for a day off from walking, with thermal pools (indoor and out), saunas, jacuzzi and a lot more. Remember to bring your own flip flops otherwise buy them there. Please speak to a member of the team for opening hours and pricing.

Bakers

In Spain they are called Panaderias and are home to a dazzling array of pastries, such as croissants, napolitanas and cakes. The nearest baker is a 2 minute walk from Hotel Sabocos on the main road to the church. Turn right out of the hotel and head up towards the village centre and it is on the left just before the mini‐market.

Banks

There are three banks in Panticosa and there are at least two cashpoints available in the village.

Bears

Although you are very unlikely to see any brown bears during your stay in the Pyrenees, there are still thought to be approximately 20 such bears living in the region. Re‐introduction (using Slovenian bears) in recent years has been a controversial affair and you are more likely to see non a l’ours and paw prints painted on roads and walls in France than you are to see the real thing.

Beer

If you would like a draught beer ask for una caña. If you would like a bottled beer ask for una cerveza. The most popular beers are San Miguel, Ambar and Estrella Damm.

Bike Hire

Standard mountain bikes are available to hire from Hotel Sabocos. E-bikes and road bikes are available to hire from Bobi’s Bikes in Biescas (they can be delivered to Hotel Sabocos. We have details of some bike routes in our Ideas & Information Files, and Bobi (from Bobi’s Bikes) will be able to provide more route ideas.

Breakfast

In Hotel Sabocos a continental breakfast is served between 7.45am and 10am. There is tea, coffee and fruit juice, along with cereals, fruit, bread, jams, marmalade, eggs, ham and cheese.

Buses

Buses operate 2 or 3 times daily between Sallent de Gállego and Sabiñánigo ‐ please ask us for timetable information.

Cable Car

During high season a cable car in Panticosa takes walkers and mountain bikers up to the delightful Asnos and Sabocos lakes and to within a whisker of the imposing north face of the Sierra de Tendeñera. Open throughout July and August from 10am to 5pm. Price: €12 single / €16 return (approx.).

Cafés

There are several cafés within walking distance of Hotel Sabocos. Mozart and Ecate both overlook the parking area for the cable car, whilst Xena is in the centre of the village on the main road past the post office. All three offer a wonderful selection of tasty tostadas (open toasted sandwiches), bocadillos (sandwiches) and patatas bravas (fried potato cubes with a spicy sauce), all of which are highly recommended.

Castillo de Loarre

The Castillo de Loarre (Loarre Castle) is located on the southern edge of the Spanish Pyrenees overlooking the Ebro plain. It is probably one of the finest examples of a Romanesque castle to be found in Spain. The castle is surrounded by a double circuit of walls with round towers, above which rise the rectangular keep and the church of Santa María. The Castillo de Loarre is about a 1¼ hour drive from Panticosa.

Cava

A good bottle of fizz (or Cava) will only set you back about €7 in Spain.

Cheese

Queso in Spanish. For thousands of years the farmers in the Pyrenees have produced some of the finest cheeses in the world. The unique landscape, flora and production techniques of each district create an almost never-ending range of cheeses. The Pyrenees is well known for cheeses made from cow’s milk (vache), goat’s milk (chevre) and sheep’s milk (brebis).

Chemist

A chemist is always indicated by a green cross. In Panticosa, the chemist is located behind the bakers. Opening times: Mon‐Fri, 10am‐1pm & 5‐8pm and Sat, 10am‐1pm.

Cirque or Circo

The French and Spanish words for an amphitheatre‐like valley head formed at the head of a glacier by erosion. Cirques are situated high on a mountain side and are typically surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, the highest of which is refered to as a headwall. A visit to the stunning Circo de Soaso at the head of the Ordesa canyon is a must.

Coeliacs

See – Dietary Requirements.

Col or Collado

The French and Spanish words for a mountain pass or saddle.

Day Off

We have our local day-off on a Thursday. In Hotel Sabocos, breakfast is served but dinner is not included, as a part of your holiday. Hotel Sabocos still serves food. There are no organised walks and there is no Office Hour. You can subscribe to Friday’s organised walks on Wednesday evening. If you are arriving on a Thursday, either a member of our team or the Hotel Sabocos staff will meet you, settle you in, recommend somewhere to eat and pass on the walking options for the following day.

Dietary Requirements

We need to know of any dietary requirements at least 7 days before your holiday. Please contact us now if you have not informed us if you, or any of your party, are vegetarian, vegan or coeliac etc. Thank you.

Dinner

A three course dinner for guests staying at Hotel Sabocos is served at 8pm every day except Thursday. Guests sit together over a three course meal where wine is complimentary. On Thursdays, dinner is not provided as part of your half-board holiday and guests can use this as an opportunity to eat out locally.

Disclaimer & At Your Own Risk

During your stay, please always bear in mind that you are responsible for your own safety. You join organised walks at your own risk as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. Similarly, we cannot be held responsible for the opinions and information we offer for self-guiding. In an age of litigation, we repeat the ‘at your own’ risk message at the start of each organised walk and it can become repetitive, but the message is too important.

Doctor/Medical Centre

Call 112 for all medical emergencies and a paramedic ambulance. See – Emergency. There is a doctor based in Panticosa and there is an Emergency Medical Centre located a short drive at Escarilla. If you need to see a doctor during your stay, please come and see us and we will be happy to help. Remember to bring your EHIC card.

Emergency

Call 112 for all emergencies.
Ambulance: 061 (Spain) 15 (France)
Fire: 080 or 085 (Spain) 18 (France)
Police: 091 (Spain) 17 (France)

Fajas

These are natural balconies of rock which hang high above the Ordesa canyon. Our organised walks will regularly make use of the Faja de Pelay and Faja de Racon but the Faja de Flores ‐ which clings to the cliffs of Ordesa at a staggering altitude of 2400m ‐ is extra vertiginous and not for the faint-hearted!

Fauna

Naturally you will see herds of sheep and cattle on high pastures, but you can also expect to see isard, marmot and large deer. Also, a rich variety of birds can be seen in this region. Eagles and vultures soar among the highest peaks. If very lucky, you may spot the elusive wallcreeper.

Full Board

Full‐board accommodation includes bed, breakfast and evening meal (except Thursday evenings). Packed lunches can be ordered daily (except on Thursdays, our day off) and paid for locally at the end of your stay.

GR10 and GR11

These are long distance footpaths running the length of the Spanish Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The GR10 runs entirely in the French Pyrenees and is separated into 52 sections with accommodation available for most nights. The GR11 is almost entirely on the Spanish side and is separated into 45 sections, crossing wild and remote back country which often necessitates supplies being carried for 3–4 days. It is generally considered to be tougher than its French counterpart. Many of our organised walks will feature sections of the GR10 and GR11. In addition to our usual programme of organised walks, Collett’s offers dedicated weeks of walking on the GR11 in the first few weeks of September. Visit colletts.co.uk/gr11 for details.

Guides & Other Activities

If you would like to book a mountain guide, or any other activity such as canyoning, climbing, horse riding, white water rafting etc, simply drop into Office Hour and we will be happy to help. It is important that you understand that: these excursions and activities are neither run nor controlled by Collett’s (even if advertised by us); that we only act as your agent; and that your contract for these services is with the third party supplier in question and not Collett’s Limited. Consequently, we are not responsible/liable for the provision of any such third party excursions or activities or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the supplier.

Hairdryers

All the rooms in Hotel Sabocos have hairdryers. For self-caterers, hairdryers are not provided in the El Fondon apartments, but are supplied at La Ripera apartments.

High Ropes Courses

The following high ropes courses are well worth a visit if you are looking for a real adrenalin rush ‐ lots of rope bridges and zip wires suspended high above the ground in the middle of the forest. Please ask a member of the team for more information.
Biescas Aventura ‐ about 20 minutes from Panticosa.
Aventura Pirineos/Amazonia ‐ about 45 minutes from Panticosa.
La Fôret de Suspendue ‐ on the French side and accessible by a scenic drive of about 1 hour from Panticosa.

Horseriding

If you fancy a hack in the mountains, horseriding is available 7kms from Panticosa. Details are available in resort.

Ideas & Information Files

Our Ideas & Information Files contain suggestions for many outstanding walks of all grades and other days out. Copies are available at Office Hour. You can browse the files for itineraries and ideas. You can also borrow a copy of any of the featured walks in the form of a Route Laminate for use the following day.

Internet

Free WiFi access is available in the reception, bar and lounge areas in Hotel Sabocos. Please ask at reception for the password. There is also a desktop computer available in Hotel Sabocos for guests to check emails and enjoy light surfing (for a small charge). Some of the cafés in Panticosa also have WiFi access.

Laundry

Hotel Sabocos offers a laundry service to its guests. A price list and laundry bag is provided in your wardrobe.

Mallos de Riglos

A compact massif of sandy‐red conglomerate spires, turrets and buttresses, the Mallos de Riglos rises abruptly like remnants of a surreal medieval castle. This is a great place to soak up the sun, rest tired feet, watch climbers cling to the rock and vultures sail the thermals. Situated in the Sierra de Loarre, 30km south‐west of Jaca, the Mallos de Riglos are a 1¾ hour scenic drive from Panticosa.

Mountain Safety

Remember you join our walks at your own risk. You can read about our walks procedures and refresh your mountain safety know-how at colletts.co.uk/handbook

National Parks

The Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park is one of Spain’s first protected areas, first established in 1918. The park was enlarged in 1982 and contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pyrenees, such as the dramatic Ordesa canyon with its awesome limestone cliffs which tower 1000m above the canyon floor. The park is home to several 3000m+ peaks including Monte Perdido itself which stands at 3355m.
The Pyrenees National Park in France was established in 1967 and is made up of two zones: the central zone is almost uninhabited and is subject to reinforced protection. It is in this area that the most spectacular landscapes are to be seen. The peripheral zone is home to 86 villages and over 40,000 inhabitants.

Office Hour & Planning Your Days

Help, advice and suggestions are always on hand at Office Hour. Over a map and a drink, you can chat with our staff and obtain information on walks, wildflowers and more. You can also obtain details of the Organised Walks on offer the following day. It is more informal and relaxed than its name suggests and often people just gather for a sociable drink. Office Hour is held every evening (except Thursday, our day off) from 7pm in the lounge of Posada El Corcal, or weather permitting, on the terrace.

Ordesa National Park

See – National Parks

Organised Walks

At Office Hour you will find out about the organised walks taking place the following day. You will find out when and where you need to meet up with our organiser and other participants. Remember you join an organised walk at your own risk, so please make it your business to study the walk before you choose to join it. Our team can help you do this at Office Hour, using maps and their own extensive local knowledge. Also, please come to the walk meeting place with everything you need for the walk. There are no organised walks on our day-off, Thursday. Organised walks are only cancelled when they are considered potentially dangerous due to bad weather.

Packed Lunches

Packed lunches are available to you wherever you are staying, except on Thursdays. Simply order one at Office Hour for collection from Hotel Sabocos the following day. A standard packed lunch includes a sandwich with a choice of fillings, a piece of fruit, a snack bar and a drink. They cost €6 and we will add the cost of any packed lunches to your Red File account, which you can settle up on the eve of your departure. See – Red File.

Packing Suggestions

See – Packing Suggestions tab.

Paella

Even in the highest reaches of the Spanish Pyrenees, Paella features strongly on many restaurant menus and is a classic dish which originates from Valencia. The name comes from the Valencian word for frying pan and the main ingredients are rice, saffron, and olive oil together with vegetables, seafood and meat.

Petrol & Diesel

Petrol = sans plomb (95 & 98 octane) in French and sin plomo in Spanish.
Diesel = gazole in French and gasoleo in Spanish.
Our nearest petrol station (Campsa) is a 5 minute drive on the main Valle de Tena road in a southerly direction. If heading north towards the French border, the last petrol station on the Spanish side is on the main road near Formigal (open 7am to 10pm) just south of the Col du Pourtalet. Always fill up in Spain, if possible, as fuel is cheaper on the Spanish side.

Pic du Midi d’Ossau

Pyrenean folklore suggests that the name Pic du Midi comes from local shepherds who knew it was midday when the sun stood above the peak, hence explaining why there are a number of Pic du Midi’s along the Pyrenean range.

Rainy Days

Hopefully there won’t be any! If you are unlucky, please bear in mind that mountain weather can be very localised and it is not unusual to leave the village on a rainy day to find brighter conditions higher up or on the coast. Suggestions for rainy days are available at Office Hour. We do not cancel our Organised Walks because of rain, unless it is deemed to put safety at risk.

Red File

In Hotel Sabocos, each of our guests has a page in the Red File, we will enter any packed lunches you order, if these are not included with your holiday. You can settle up with us in cash or with a card. Card payments are processed in £GBP using the prevailing exchange rate. There are no charges for debit or credit card payments. Local self catering and hotel guests also have a page in the Red File, as they might want to put Office Hour drinks, packed lunches etc. We ask you to settle your Red File account on the eve of your departure.

Refugios

Refugios are mountain huts offering basic overnight accommodation in spectacular settings, serving mountaineers, climbers and long distance walkers. There are a few where overnight stays can be arranged and we will be happy to discuss route ideas with you. They start closing from about early‐mid/September.

Route Laminates

These are laminated copies of the walks featured in our Ideas & Information files. They are available for you to borrow at Office Hour. Please return them soon after your walk. You must not use the Route Laminates as definitive walking guides. They are for reference only, as the maps they contain are not necessarily to scale. You should mark up your own map accordingly to determine independently whether the itinerary is suitable for you and your party. You borrow Route Laminates at your own risk. Remember that terrain and route conditions can change at any time, rendering any map or itinerary description outdated.

San Juan de la Peña

The monasteries at San Juan de la Peña are tucked away in the foothills of the Pyrenees. About a 50 minute drive from Panticosa. The oldest monastery dates back to the 10th century and is said to have once been home to the Holy Grail, whilst the newer hill‐top complex dates back to the 17th century and now houses a state of the art museum/exhibition about the history of the site.

Siesta

Probably needs little introduction as a short nap taken in the early afternoon after the midday meal. The word is from the Latin hora sextathe sixth hour (counting from dawn, therefore noon, hence midday rest). In Panticosa the siesta is not such a ‘short’ affair ‐ shops and banks etc. generally close from 2pm until about 5.30pm. In France most places close for lunch from about 12:30pm until 2pm or 3pm.

Smoking

Since January 2011, smoking in public places has been illegal in Spain. Hotel Sabocos and all our self catering apartments are non‐smoking.

Spa

See – Baños de Panticosa.

Stamps

A stamp (un sello in Spanish) from the post office in Panticosa (approximate opening times: Mon‐Fri, 9‐10am) or a tobacconist. A stamp for a postcard to the UK (Reina Unido) from Spain will cost around €0.65 and it will take about 4 days to arrive.

Sun Protection

At higher altitudes the sun is much more intense and can easily cause sunburn, even when it appears to be a cloudy day. Make sure you use a high factor sun protection. We would recommend SPF30+ as a minimum and SPF50+ for those at higher risk. In the mountains the sun is also intensified, as it reflects off residual snow and off the light coloured rock.

Supermarkets

There is a small mini‐market in Panticosa (approximate opening times: Mon‐Sat, 9am‐1.30pm & 5‐8pm and Sun, 9am‐1.30pm ‐ although in early June and late September, the supermarket tends only to be open in the mornings). Self catering guests travelling to Panticosa from France are recommended to visit a French supermarket (eg. Intermarche, Champion, Carrefour or E.Leclerc in Toulouse, Pau or Laruns) on their way to Panticosa and those travelling to Panticosa from Spain are advised to visit a Spanish supermarket (eg. Eroski or Dia in Zaragoza, Huesca or Jaca). Note that supermarkets in France and Spain are closed on Sundays.

Swimming

The outdoor pool in Panticosa is open throughout July & August. It includes landscaped areas for sunbathing as well as a well-run bar and restaurant.

Tapas

In Spain, dinner is usually served very late (between 9pm and 11pm ‐ although dinner for Collett’s guests in Hotel Sabocos is at 8pm) leaving significant time between work and dinner. Therefore, Spaniards often go bar hopping and eat tapas in the time between finishing work and having dinner. Common tapas dishes include olives (aceitunas), rings of battered squid (calamares), chorizo sausage slowly cooked in wine (choriza al vino), croquettes of chicken or potato (croquetas de Pollo or patata), fried potato diced served with salsa brava, a spicy tomato sauce (patatas bravas) and omelettes containing fried chunks of potatoes and sometimes onion (tortilla de patatas or tortilla Española). Larger portions of tapas are called rationes and are better value if you are looking for a more substantial snack.

Taxis

Taxis are available to hire in Panticosa ‐ please ask us for more information.

Tea & Coffee

There are no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms in Hotel Sabocos ‐ tea and coffee are available to order from the bar.

Towels & Bed Linen

Hotel Sabocos supply a bath towel and a hand towel for each guest. These can be changed on request. Please place your towels in the shower or bath if you would like them replaced. Naturally, for environmental reasons, please keep towel changes to a minimum.

Towels for Self Caterers

Towels are supplied in our La Ripera apartments but are not for El Fondon. These can be booked in advance for £6 per person per week.

Vignemale

Vignemale, at 3298 metres, is the highest summit in the French Pyrenees; the highest in the whole of the range is Pic Aneto in Spain which stands at 3404m. The Vignemale is also the site of the largest of the Pyrenean glaciers ‐ the Ossoue.

Walker’s Checklist

When walking in the mountains, we recommend you take the following in your rucksack: Waterproof jacket, extra layers for cold weather, water (at least 2 litres), sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream, food, map and compass, money (for chairlifts/drinks/snacks etc), and your mobile phone!

Water

The tap water in the area is safe to drink. Remember to pack a water container and to take plenty of water out with you.

Weather Tips & Climate

Please don’t ring us to find out what the weather will be like during your holiday! We would hate to get it wrong and with mountains it is hard to get it right! Generally, the prevailing weather in the Pyrenees during the summer months is good, but as in any mountainous area, the weather can be unpredictable and very localised.
If you wish to find out about the local weather before you go, visit www.aemet.es and search for Panticosa, Spain. As for temperatures, June and September can sometimes be chilly at night, whilst it can go up to more than 26°celcius during the day, although the average would be nearer 22°celcius. An up‐to‐date forecast will be available in the Hotel Sabocos each evening and at the local tourist office.
Naturally, our Walk Organisers keep a firm eye on weather conditions and try to ensure it is safe to proceed with an excursion, but it is everybody’s responsibility to consider the possibility of cancelling an excursion (and voice any anxiety) if worried about the risk of adverse weather conditions.

Travel & Directions
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Before leaving home

Passport – Is it in date? Contact the passport office here if you need to renew your passport
Walking Holiday Insurance – Do you have any? Contact us on 01799 513331 or click here for details
Flight Check-in – Remember to print off your boarding pass
Baggage – Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?
Book Airport Hotel – Click here
Book Airport Parking – Click here

Directions for Fly-drivers & Self-drivers

Hiring a car? Make sure you print your DVLA Licence Check Code – Click here for our information on what you need to do.
Driving Directions – Click here.
Guidelines on driving in Europe – Visit theaa.com.
ETA – Have you contacted us with your ETA?
Come to Hotel Sabocoa – Wherever you are staying, in the first instance, please come to the address below on arrival.

If you are self driving or hiring a car please print and refer to our Driving Directions here. If you have any questions about driving on the continent, please give us a call on 01799 513331.

Also, we would be grateful if you could let us know your estimated time of arrival in resort. Click here to submit your E.T.A.

Address for Sat Navs:
Hotel Sabocos
Calle Fondón, 1
22661 Panticosa
Huesca
Spain

Collett’s Mountain Holidays UK: 0044 (0)1799 513331
(9am‐6pm, Monday‐Friday only)

Google Map Directions

Go to www.bit.ly/HotelSabocosDirections for Google Map Directions from any location.

Resort Contacts

Contact Numbers and Addresses

Please ensure you enter the following telephone numbers in to your phone so you have them with you on your day of travel.

Panticosa
Collett's Mountain Holidays
Hotel Sabocos
Calle Fondón, 1
22661 Panticosa
Huesca
Spain
Google Map Link
0034 974 48 74 88
Resort Mobile - 0044 740 272 1158
Collett's Mountain Holidays UK - 0044 (0) 1799 513331 Monday - Friday 9am-6pm / Saturday 9am-3pm
(Outside of these hours please call your chalet or the resort manager - thank you)

Disclaimer
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Important – Disclaimer

On arrival, you will be asked to hand in the disclaimer sent by post.
This should be signed by all members of the party. This disclaimer is largely based on the ‘At your own Risk’ section in our guest information.
You can download and print out the disclaimer here to take with you ~ Pyrenees Disclaimer

Packing Suggestions
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Checklist & Packing Suggestions

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Procedures & Safety
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At Your Own Risk, Duty of Care, Procedures & Mountain Safety

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At Your Own Risk & Duty of Care

As you will know, we offer a weekly programme of organised walks which you can join at no extra cost. Our walk organisers are not qualified guides and you join them at your own risk. Similarly, if you choose to walk independently, we cannot take responsibility for information gleaned from our Ideas & Information Files, Route Laminates and the first-hand knowledge/opinions of our own people. To this extent, it is essential that you ultimately decide independently whether any itinerary you choose to do – be it self-guided or ‘organised’ – is suitable for you and your party.

In short, everything you do during your stay in the mountains is done at your own risk. In the event of personal injury or death, we are not liable for efforts made by us to enhance your stay, amongst which are our organised walks and various printed and verbal suggestions. It is a fact that activities undertaken in the mountains are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such an area with Collett’s Mountain Holidays – or indeed independently – you are exposing yourself and your party to the (thankfully small) possibility of personal injury or death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are!
You join our organised walks as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to you. Your safety is essential to us and we therefore take our own safety measures, endeavouring to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care. We assess, communicate and manage risk as part of a formal company Health & Safety Policy, which is regularly reviewed and includes the training our own walkers. We try to make people aware of the importance of mountain safety and their responsibilities as part of a group. As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world, such as walking (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) every member of the group has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to your fellow walkers should form the basis of your behaviour and actions during an organised walk, especially in the event of accident or injury. Our focus on safety should not influence whether you decide to join an organised walk or not, for at the heart of our procedures are basic mountain safety measures, which should be undertaken by any walker when preparing for a day out in the mountains, especially when walking/climbing in a group, where your actions (or inaction) could compromise your safety as well as that of other people in the group.

Some notes about our Organised Walks

Our programme of organised walks is put together on a goodwill basis by our own walk organisers and we ask you to accept their discretion where the selection of walks is concerned. You won’t be disappointed. Each week the programme changes and is duly published to our guests. Everyday except on our local day-off, Wednesday – and with a reduced programme on Saturdays – we offer two different walks, one more demanding than the other. Prior to joining up to an organised walk, please remember somebody else’s opinion of a walk is their opinion, not your knowledge. Try to acquaint yourself independently with the proposed route using the relevant map to help you decide if it is suitable for your level of fitness and experience. Also, ask about precipitous features if prone to vertigo. Some walks feature ledge paths with significant drops and switchback tracks on steep slopes. Wednesday is our staff day off and there are no organised walks on this day. Our organised walks take place in a sociable and informal atmosphere and, whilst you are encouraged not to join one unless you are certain it is within your physical capabilities, we walk at the pace of the slowest person and pause regularly. You do not pay to join our organised walks and in the event of a walk organiser being ill, we cannot guarantee the excursion will take place. Children can join our organised walks but only if accompanied by a guardian, who takes full responsibility for their safety and behaviour.

Guest Car Sharing & Taxis – With various people choosing to join various walks in various locations, you might be asked to give (or take) a lift with someone. Please do not do so unless you are happy that, in the event of an accident, Collett’s will not accept any liability. If ever taxis are used, the cost is shared across the party.

Procedures on meeting up for a walk – All organised walks will depart from the Hotel Sabocos at a time established at Office Hour the night before. Prior to leaving, the walk organiser will run through an equipment checklist and at the start of the actual walk, he/she will state the following:

  • They are not qualified guides and everyone joins the Organised Walk at their own risk;
  • The party is walking as a group of non-qualified individuals and the walk organiser, as someone who knows the route, is the nominal leader only;
  • Everyone should follow the course and progress of the route on their map checking the correct route is being adhered to;
  • They will generally walk at the pace of the slowest person in the party and it is the responsibility of each member of the party to keep the rest of the group in sight;
  • If anyone wants to rest at any time, they should not hesitate to ask;
  • If anyone wants to leave the party at any time could they please let someone in the group know, otherwise we might have to assume you are lost and alert mountain rescue;
  • Everyone owes a ‘duty of care’ to each other. In the event of an accident, the organiser will act in a way they deem safest to offer assistance, but would of course appreciate the assistance of the rest of the party;
  • If it is the first time the organiser has done a route, the party understand this and it is an ‘adventure’ for all involved.

Mountain Safety & Emergency Procedures

Here are some notes that might help you refresh or improve your awareness of safety in the mountains. When in the mountains and when planning itineraries, apply your mind to safety at all times. Poor preparation is often the cause of many accidents and dramas. As a general guide to safety we have used information published by the Spanish Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (FEDME), the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade and the British Mountaineering Council to produce the following notes:

Prevention Of Accidents – Basic Rules For Increased Safety In The Mountains

  • Never underestimate the dangers and the risks attached to a day out in the mountains – hostile environments, rapid changes in weather conditions, etc.
  • Select itineraries within your level of fitness and technical/physical ability and within those of your party members.
  • Do not go alone – if possible, go with others or, for more safety, go in the company of an alpine guide or a qualified organisation. (Collett’s is not a qualified organisation but we will endeavour to arrange local guides if requested to do so). Prior to departing, research and familiarise yourself adequately with the characteristics and difficulties of the itinerary. Study carefully the relevant topographical map.
  • Let someone know where you are going and leave details of your itinerary. (Do not change your itinerary without informing somebody).
  • Have a contingency plan in the event of the unexpected. An innacurate or out of date map, route deterioration or a landslide, could all cause a change in your itinerary.
  • Mountain Weather conditions should always be taken into account. A forecast is available from local tourist offices every day and whilst variations in mountain forecasts are not uncommon, they are worth consulting.
  • Have the right clothing. You should have a robust pair of walking boots/shoes, which support the ankle. Take a waterproof/wind-proof jacket and some spare clothes in your rucksack.
  • Be responsible. Always carry the relevant map at all times. Carry safety equipment such as a compass, torch, whistle, spare food and an understanding of how to use them in case of emergency. If you have a health condition, please ensure that you carry any necessary medication at all times, and inform another member of your party so that somebody is aware of your circumstances.
  • Have adequate insurance cover. Don’t leave home without it, you can’t take out insurance after you departure!

Some Points Specific To Mountainous Areas

  • Avalanches – residual snow and early snow falls, coupled with high summer temperatures can lead to the risk of avalanche. Avoid walking on steep sided, snow covered slopes.
  • Lightning – thunderstorms are a feature of mountain weather. If lightning is close, avoid any cables, summits, ridges, trees and caves. There are various opinions as to the best course of action in this event, but it is probably safest to sit the storm out on a rucksack in open ground.
  • Residual Snow – in early-mid summer be aware of residual snow on some trails. Late lying snow can be treacherous underfoot, and if you slip it may be difficult to stop. There may also be hidden hazards underneath (ditches, streams etc). If you are concerned, talk to members of your party and if appropriate, consider walking around these areas. If you are thinking about crossing any snow, always ascertain, as far as possible, what risks are involved and only cross if you think it is safe to do so.
  • Rock Falls – due to the easily fractured nature of limestone, loose rocks and rock fall are a significant feature of the mountains. Take care when walking near the base of cliffs, and consider taking a climbing helmet if planning a long walk in such areas. Be careful not to dislodge loose rocks yourself, as there may be other people below you. Warn other if you dislodge a rock. In English the usual shouted warning is ‘Below!’, but in Spain you should shout ‘Piedra!’.
  • Steep, loose paths – many of the waymarked routes in the area include sections of steep, rocky track, often loose under foot. Walking poles are widely recognised as being helpful on such terrain. Check the gradient of any paths you are unsure of using a map and looking at the contour intervals (there is a contour interval of 20 metres on the 1:40,000 scale Editorial Alpina map). If faced with exceptionally steep ground, the general rule to remember is not to go up if you don’t think you can come back down.
  • Vertigo – many of the routes in the area include paths that traverse steep sided sections of mountainside. If you suffer from vertigo then sections like this can give you a sense of exposure. Plan your walks carefully.

Emergency Procedures

Based on information published by the Spanish Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (FEDME), the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade and the British Mountaineering Council – for anyone wishing to take the following emergency notes with them on an itinerary, a printed copy is available:

  • Stay calm and do not do anything on impulse.
  • Evaluate the situation and identify the actual dangers;
  • Take immediate and sensible precautions to prevent further risk;
  • Give spare clothing to the injured person and do your best to provide shelter
  • All reasonable efforts should be made to cope with the situation without resorting to the rescue services, providing that you do not make any injuries worse than they are already. If self-help is not possible, rescue services should be contacted. Call for 112. The rescue team will need to know where you are and have an idea about the condition of the victim;
  • If you do not have a mobile, you would have to use a nearby refugio, or descend to find a landline. Choose a safe route – this might not be the quickest, but the possibility of a second accident must be avoided;
  • Mark the casualties’ position on a map and take it along with you. Going for help is a relatively easy decision to make if there are four or more people in the party. At least two can leave to ring for help, leaving one to care for the casualty. If there are only two or three in the group then this becomes a more difficult judgement. In this situation, attracting help from others in the mountains will help;
  • To attract attention use the International Distress Signal, using either a light, a whistle or by shouting: six long flashes of a torch/blasts of a whistle/shouts/waves in succession, repeated at one minute intervals. Repeat until replied to. A reply is given 3 times a minute (every 20 seconds) in either a visible or audible manner. If a helicopter is involved, the pilot’s questions can be answered as described on the right;
  • If no local help is forthcoming a decision will have to be made to leave the casualty alone or potentially sending somebody on his or her own. To make this decision you would have to consider the injury, the conditions and the capabilities of the other members of the party; and
  • As far as the injured are concerned, do for them only those things that you are certain you can do safely.

Emergency Contact – Call 112

If the operator manning the emergency line does not speak English and you are unable to communicate, please try calling one of our staff and we will relate the information as best we can.

  • Call 112 – give your full name.
  • Say where you are calling from and let them know your telephone number.
  • If the location of the accident (and casualties) is far away, try to memorise some landmarks to help the search party find the group.
  • Explain in brief what has happened.
  • Give the time of the accident and the exact number of casualties and their relative conditions.
  • Give the number of people in the rest of the group still at the accident, and try to remember the colour of their jackets etc. in order to aid finding them.
  • Describe the weather conditions and the visibility.
  • Do not leave the place from which you are making the call, in case the rescue services have to contact you again.

Mountain Weather

We keep a firm eye on weather conditions and try to ensure it is safe to proceed with an excursion, but it is everybody’s responsibility to consider the possibility of cancelling an excursion (and voice any anxiety) if worried about the risk of adverse weather conditions.

  • Winds increase and temperatures drop at altitude
  • Snow and ice are not uncommon at high altitudes, especially in early and late season
  • Take plenty of liquid (min. 2-3 litres)
  • Protect yourself from the sun with high factor sun cream, sunglasses and a hat
  • Plan your route according to the weather
  • Plan for worse weather than forecast as the weather can change rapidly
  • Always carry clothing for poor weather, even if the day starts fine

Insurance
Andalucia Handbook Information

Travel Insurance with Campbell Irvine

Being adequately insured during your stay with us is essential - we strongly recommend you buy a comprehensive holiday insurance package at the time of booking. Having a travel insurance policy is one of the booking conditions for joining us on a Collett's Mountain Holiday.

If you have an existing insurance policy, please take the time to make sure it is up to date, and cover is adequate for your chosen destination and activity.

If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Ltd for a quote by visiting their website or by telephone on 0207 938 1734.

The following declared activities are covered under the standard policy terms:

  • Walking up to 3,500m,
  • via ferrata
  • guided glacier treks
  • trekking to the summit of Marmolada

Collett’s Limited is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd. who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This can be checked on the FCA's register by visiting the FCA's website at www.fca.org.uk or by contacting them on 0800 111 6787.