Multidisciplinary meeting of the GTTAP 2017 volunteer team
During the weekend of 16 and 17 December, more than 200 volunteers from the different mountain clubs of the Aragonese Mountaineering Federation, collaborators in the latest edition of the Gran Trail Trangoworld Aneto-Posets, shared experiences and activities in the Benasque Valley.
The Business Tourist Association of the Valley of Benasque (ATEVB), the Alpine ski resort of Aramón Cerler, the Nordic sports resort of Llanos del Hospital and the Mountain School of Benasque, made possible this day of coexistence that has already been constituted as the prelude to the starting shotgun for the next edition of GTTAP.
It is the fourth edition of this initiative that fosters coexistence and friendship between the team of volunteers of the event, led by the Club Peña Guara, in a more relaxed atmosphere than during the intense weekend of work in July in which the great sporting event takes place.
Saturday's day began with the bulk of the volunteers enjoying a magnificent day of alpine skiing thanks to the invitation of Aramón Cerler. About 150 volunteers took advantage of a radiant day and magnificent powdery snow slopes offered by the station. Another less numerous group travelled to the Llanos del Hospital for a fantastic day of Nordic skiing thanks to the invitation of the resort located at the foot of the Maladeta-Aneto massif.
After the skiing day, the activity was centred on Benasque, first with the' dispute' of the traditional Orientabirring, a game of orientation and memorization in pairs on the streets of Benasque with fun intermediate refreshments.
And to put the finishing touches to this frenetic day, the volunteers enjoyed an exquisite dinner of brotherhood at the Gran Hotel de Benasque. After which the Orientabirring awards ceremony took place and a raffle was held for several hams and batches of products from Cárnicas Ferrer, a company from Huesca collaborating in the event.
José Maria Ciria, president of the ATEVB, GTTAP's promoter, Gabi Mur, director of the Aramón Cerler station and Manuel Bara, race director, addressed a few words of sincere and affectionate thanks to all the volunteers for their great work, absolutely indispensable for the development of the event, and encouraged them to continue in the next edition.
Some volunteers also took advantage of the more relaxed Sunday day to practice skiing again or go shopping in Benasque, taking advantage of the offers offered by the ATEVB establishments for the occasion, thus closing a great weekend of coexistence that has served, once again, to strengthen ties between the great family that makes up the volunteer team of the Gran Trail Trangoworld Aneto-Posets.