The Lord of the Forest
A mythological guardian of the most virgin and remote forests. Protector of the flocks.
Share history with other mythological characters from other cultures such as: ogres, trolls, and yetis.
From the lush forests of Urbasa and Irati (home to Basajun), one descends to the most arid and barren plains through Bardenas, returning to the banks of the Ebro river before facing the Sierra de la Demanda, a mountainous massif in “land of cameros ”of transhumants who face very harsh lands in terms of climate, to culminate around the Pico San Lorenzo and return to the forests of the Basque Country, through the Izki Natural Park.
Meadows and lush beech trees make up this space on a 1,000m plateau that divides the Mediterranean climate from the Atlantic.
Despite the deforestation carried out during the Middle Ages for the construction of ships and later metal industry (manufacture of weapons) as well as the border struggles between Spain and France, Irati represents one of the largest forest masses of beech and fir trees in Europe
It represents a peculiar and unique environment in terms of geological and climatic composition, they constitute a semi-desert area with an added singularity, the ownership and administration of the lands between 22 “congozantes”, who have rights to exploit them.
Sierra de la Demanda
A mountain range with a continental, arid climate, full of contrasts between reddish valleys of clay soil and large mountains of rock, crowned by Pico San Lorenzo (2,270m).
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Basajauns is together with Badlands the ultimate unassisted gravel event in Europe. With a route of 760km and + 15,000m, it shows the most extreme contrasts between the green of the wildest forests in Europe, the plains and the deserts next to huge mountains in both the Pyrenees and the Sierra de la Demanda, with a continental climate and heights above 2,000m.
29 / Jul / 2022 16:00. Accreditation and presentation
30 / Jul / 2022 08:00. Official start
04 / Aug / 2022 18:00. Time Limit