The Serra in october.
In the month that unofficially marks the start of Autumn in the Serra, we have seized the opportunity to do some sporting excursions on its trails and in its landscapes.
Every Monday, we have picked and shared with our followers, through the hashtag #SerradeTramuntana, “esclatasangs” (wild mushrooms), sunsets, races, trekking, villages in the rain, new reservoirs (thank you) to bounce back from a never-ending high season, and clouds. Many clouds.
Our “offical” trail outing was at the hands (or the feet, actually) of Tófol Castanyer, who we interviewed in Sóller against the sound of the tram sliding on the tracks after a few days of storms (a sound most peculiar, believe us). In the second part of the interview, the photo shoot, he was already giving it his all on the ascent of Barranc de Biniaraix.
Tófol introduced us to mountain racing as a sporting discipline. He spoke to us about the Serra with its virtues (and some man-made weakness) as a training ground, of the way that adults can come to love and protect the Serra (innoculating it, almost like a medicine in the blood, by the enthusiastic practice of sports or tours from childhood onwards) and about the problematic conflict of interests in the Serra de Tramuntana, where owners, tour operators, runners, guides, tourists... and the administration, on a daily basis, all share objectives to preserve the surroundings but not the means to achieve them.
We tried to discover the opinion of the Sporting Associations based in the Serra (or those that use them to practise sport) on this topic and the feeling was identical. From the experience of a very diverse group of people (from runners to tour operators, mountain bikers or guides) all agreed on the necessity for preservation..but also on the necessity for a dialogue that doesn’t turn this preservation, care and love of the Serra that they all share, into an excuse to use unequal measures when awarding the rights to enjoy it.
We spoke with Joan, Joan Miquel Quico, about the difficulties and passions that result from association and the responsibility of setting yourself up in representation of a group of people that share affiliation, but perhaps not opinions, and we ended up, again, at the same point – the importance of knowing the Serra from the inside out and from childhood.
One intitiative that is carrying this out is the Serra de Tramuntana Learning Programme. A programme that is transforming the Serra into a classroom, and the classroom into the Serra, integrating it into schools through its teaching project. The leaders, Carmen Frau and Loli will present it on Thursday, 27 October in Raixa, with a depth of enthusiasm for a countryside of greenery and stone.
The same thing that inspires James Lambourne in his sculptures made of rocks from the Serra, in which a process of minimal intervention is carried out to create, hand in hand with nature, a work of art.
Culture, learning, sport, self-improvement, hope and rain. All coming together and with many turns. The same way we hope to spend the month of November. Are you coming with us?