Spanish Sports Federation

Hiking part of the need for human beings to get in touch with nature, taking advantage of their time in discovering and enjoying the environment that surrounds you. As such, it is, therefore, a non-competitive sports activity. It is precisely this desire to unite with nature which leads us to explore different rural areas or mountains, to unite peoples and valleys through roads marked, preferably traditional, recovering the old systems of communication. Therefore, hiking takes place in the natural environment, always in harmony with the environment, conserving it and protecting it; contributing to the development of rural tourism, and knowledge of all those economic, ethnographic, culinary and even urban elements that surround us. ORIGIN of the trekking begins in France after World War II.

Other countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium drove trekking to new ways of conceiving the Manor of mountain. In Spain is introduced in Catalonia at the end of the 1960s and from here extends to other autonomous regions, but with an uneven development of a few others. The Spanish mountain Federation, today Spanish Sports Federation of mountain and climbing (FEDME) took over, and he called with the name of hiking, this new activity, born in the field of mountaineering and whose main difference is made along signposted paths. Spain currently has little more than 14,000 km. of trails signposted compared to countries like Germany with 210,000 km. France has 172,000 km. and Switzerland with 50,000 km.

Despite being a small country. TYPES of trails trails of Grand Tour (SGR): more than 50 kilometres; bind very distant points, and travel places, districts, regions or countries. Trails of small tour (SPR): between 10 and 50 kilometres. They show a few specific environments or reach a population, a refuge or a dei interest point. They often connect with SGR. The may be circular, so that they begin and end in the same place.

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