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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Peñarroya


Walk Summary
First thought was had driven right up to the summit
Only a small 50km detour on drive along from Zaragoza to Calpe. Leave the A23 north of Teruel at junction 116 following the A226 to Cedillas, ignoring SatNav turn right on the very minor road TE-V-8024 to Alcalá de la Selva, finally taking the road to Estación Invernal de Valdelinares and continuing to Collado de la Gitano where you can leave the tarmac road and follow a stone track almost all the way to the summit. 
In fact coming to the end of the track there is an old worn stone pillar that you may think is the summit marker but approx 50m to the SSE is a trig pillar on a top of a stone tower that is first accessed by stone steps and finally metal steps built in to the stone giving access to the trig pillar.
Half way up trig tower in flip-flops
I withstood a bollocking from the wife for climbing them in my flip flops and as I reached the top could hear more voices so decided to come straight down in case it was Ranger Rick.
Turns out it was a group of 19 hikers who had walked 16km to reach the same point we had driven to. Presumably they had 16km to walk back. Have to say I felt somewhat guilty for about half a second but was tempered by completing the three isolated P600's around Teruel that I had passed several times on our drive to Valencia and the Costas.
Gina's 4th Spanish P600 and her highest peak reached on foot albeit only involved a 50m hike.
Returned to the A23 at junction 75 via Mora de Rubielos
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 15 May 2019
Walkers - Steve Smith, Gina Smith
Accommodation - Camping Calp-Mar, Calpe 
Start Point - End of stone track near stone pillar (40.39056°N, 0.66528°W)
Start Time - 13:43
Finish Point - End of stone track near stone pillar (40.39056°N, 0.66528°W)
Finish Time- 14:04
Total Duration - 0hrs 21mins 
Overall Average pace - 0.29mph
Total Distance Walked - 0.10 miles
Total Height Ascended -1.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Peñarroya (57S - 58S&P - 87E)
Spain/Portugal 300m - 599m Prominence Peaks (1000+)
NONE
Spain/Portugal 150m - 299m Prominence Peaks (3000+)
NONE
Spain Autonomous Community High Points (19)
NONE
Spain Province High Points (52)
Peñarroya (10)
S: Spain
P: Portugal
E:Europe

Final walk from previous trip
2019
February
Other walks on this trip
2019
May
15th Peñarroya

Route
Map of route to follow

More Photographs
Full set of captioned photos providing journal and description of key parts of ascent, descent and summit photographs.
Route map, Statistics and other route info to follow. 
Group of 19 hikers walked 16km to reach the summit. Did not make me feel guilty
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Monday, 11 February 2019

Carrascoy


Walk Summary
Carrascoy viewed from Camping Totana 
The first time I made an attempt on Carrascoy was back in April 2017 whilst staying at Bolnuevo with Gina on one of our extended early spring breaks in the campervan. Peakbagging was not really on the agenda but having noticed a likely candidate on the list of Spanish P600's, that even thenwas increasingly aquiring an interest, I persuaded Gina to join me on the basis it was a straight forward route without any excursions in to open country or away from paths and tracks.
So after careful scrutiny of the map I had spotted a route from the north up what was possibly the access track to the radio tower and summit past Casa Juan Jordana (37.86554°N, 1.30590°W).
Finding a parking spot on the RM-603 was the problem being what looked like the equivalent of a Spanish clearway with no suitable pull offs near any of th tracks all of which appeared to be active entrances to orange groves.
Locked gate to Casa Juan Jordana.
One of many across access tracks of RM-603
I did try to drive up the access road to Casa Juan Jordana but Gina was not happy as it had the feel of being private and in any event it really was not suitable for a 2 wheel drive vehicle beyond the farm property.
For this second attempt I still wanted to check out other options from the north, but thanks to Evstratiy Potashnik on peakbagger for pointing out recent access problems from the north and recommending route from the south. Not only is main access track at 37.87114°N, 1.31347°W gated, I drove the length of RM-603 from Casa Nuevas de la Costera to Casa de los Sordos entrance and all minor tracks are gated linked by high fencing protecting orange groves.
Seems Gina was obviously right (again) two years ago.
Carrascoy summit. Radio tower at 1064m spot height
So a 30km drive round the mountain to La Murta.
I managed to drive up rough track and parked at 37.83238°N, 1.25314°W. Track continues for a while longer until becomes an easy to follow path all the way to summit ridge where there is an ashfalt road linking all three spot heights each surplanted with radio towers.
I visited 1064m HP and the trig pillar at 1062m. Did not bother with 1061m returning down ascent path and back to van.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 11 February 2019
Walkers - Steve Smith
Accommodation - Camping Totana, Totana 
Start Point - Farm track just past Casa del Marques and La Casa (37.83238°N, 1.25314°W)
Start Time - 11:20
Finish Point - Farm track just past Casa del Marques and La Casa (37.83238°N, 1.25314°W)
Finish Time- 14:03
Total Duration - 2hrs 43mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.12mph
Total Distance Walked - 5.75 miles
Total Height Ascended - 610.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Carrascoy (49S - 50S&P - 79E)
Spain/Portugal 300m - 599m Prominence Peaks (1000+)
NONE
Spain/Portugal 150m - 299m Prominence Peaks (3000+)
NONE
Spain Autonomous Community High Points (19)
NONE
Spain Province High Points (52)
NONE
S: Spain
P: Portugal
E:Europe

Final walk from previous trip
2018
October
Other walks on this trip
2019
January
14th The Seven NW French Department High Points of the Brest Peninsular
17th Ernio
18th Erlo
19th Udalaitz
21st Anboto
23rd Tossal de la Baltasana
24th Sierra de Montsià
27th La Creu de Santos
30th Mattagalls
31th Serrat Negra
February
01st Tossa d'Alp
03rd Cap de Gallina Pelada
05th Penyal d'Ifach
06th Sierra d'Olta
09th Cerro de la Selva
10th Cerro Espuña
11th Carrascoy
12th Colativí
12th Cerrode Mesquita
16th Morrón de Mariné
17th Sierra de Lujar
18th Cerro de Santa Lucía
20th Maroma
25th Pico de Mijas

Route

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To follow

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Cerro Espuña


Walk Summary
Can not help feeling disappointed after today's effort even though I knew from the outset I would not be able to reach the summit and trig pillar within the military compound on top of Cerro Espuña.
Getting to within 70m on the day only seemed to increase the disappointment.
Cerro Espuña from Collado Bermejo
Plan was to park at Collado Bermejo if the access road from the MU-503 near Casas de ls Alquerías was suitable. Turns out it is the Camino a Morianoa,an asphalt road servicing a number of car parks giving start points to an extensive trail network around the Parque Regional Sierra Espuña. 
This would leave a 7 km hike up the military compound access road and hopefully the chance to get as close to the high point without being arrested or 'shot'. Even better the good fortune continued past an open barrier giving closer access towards the summit as far as a public car park at Collado Mangueta which is as far as you can legitimately go in the car.
Car park and route start point at Collado Mangueta.
Access beyond this point is still possible, however a sign in only Spanish states "Restricted Access, only authorised personnel". People hiking up the road and cyclists passing persuaded me it was OK to walk and only applied to vehicular access and on the way up I met a couple coming down who confirmed you could get to the military compound boundary fence but not the summit. About 750m from the car park, there is a 2nd sign in Spanish, German and English "Do not go beyond this point". In a vehicle? Followed by a 3rd sign "Military Zone. No Trespassing". 
It was this sign that finally deterred me going any further.
Finally on rounding a bend to the right there is what looks like  sentry box, but is in fact Un Estación Meteorológica, near a closed gated barrier across the road at 37.86418°N, 1.57033°W. This time  a sign in four languages with French now being added, stated "Warning. You are in a Military Zone. Wait to be identified". I waited about five minutes to be identified with one last hope I might be able to explain my purpose, but no one turned up, so with a heavy heart I decided discretion was the sensible option I turned round with my head down full of disappointment resigned to claiming a log as an "Attempt".
However on the way down I remember another track shown on the map starting at 37.86664°N, 1.57549°W and since this was before the "No Trespassng" sign decided to investigate this route.
Easy scramble 700m to north of Cerro Espuña summit
There is no track on the ground other than a faint path that takes you to the bottom of a small cliff that is easily scrambled bringing you to within about 700m of the summit trig pillar. You can get as far as about 70m from the trig pillar at the North fence corner of the military compound, deciding not to go further along the boundary due to the strongly implied intention of restricted access by a collapsed rusty fence bisecting the fence corner. 
So finally relented on the basis it is military property in a foreign land and even though the fence was collapsed and rusty the intent was still clear.
In any event would still have been at least 20m from summit on the wrong side of the fence
So a qualified claim.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 10 February 2019
Walkers - Steve Smith
Accommodation - Camping Totana, Totana 
Start Point - Car park at Collado Mangueta (37.86972°N, 1.56794°W)
Start Time - 11:33
Finish Point - Car park at Collado Mangueta (37.86972°N, 1.56794°W)
Finish Time- 12:36
Total Duration - 1hrs 03mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.23mph
Total Distance Walked - 2.34 miles
Total Height Ascended -194.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Cerro Espuña (48S - 49S&P - 78E)
Spain/Portugal 300m - 599m Prominence Peaks (1000+)
NONE
Spain/Portugal 150m - 299m Prominence Peaks (3000+)
NONE
Spain Autonomous Community High Points (19)
NONE
Spain Province High Points (52)
NONE
S: Spain
P: Portugal
E:Europe

Final walk from previous trip
2018
October
Other walks on this trip
2019
January
14th The Seven NW French Department High Points of the Brest Peninsular
17th Ernio
18th Erlo
19th Udalaitz
21st Anboto
23rd Tossal de la Baltasana
24th Sierra de Montsià
27th La Creu de Santos
30th Mattagalls
31th Serrat Negra
February
01st Tossa d'Alp
03rd Cap de Gallina Pelada
05th Penyal d'Ifach
06th Sierra d'Olta
09th Cerro de la Selva & Morrón del Rivazuelo
10th Cerro Espuña
11th Carrascoy
12th Colativí
12th Cerrode Mesquita
16th Morrón de Mariné
17th Sierra de Lujar
18th Cerro de Santa Lucía
20th Maroma
25th Pico de Mijas

Route

More Photographs
Closest I could get at northerly corner of military compound 70m from summit trig pillar.
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Turó de l'Home


More Photographs
Full set of captioned photos providing journal and description of key parts of ascent, descent and summit photographs.
More photos, Route map, Statistics and other route info to follow. 
Puig Sacarbassa and Turó de l'Home from Les Agudes hidden by cloud
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Monday, 28 January 2019

Montserrat-Sant Jeroni



Walk Summary
First of 5 P600's Mick and I would do together over the next six days.
Originally meeting Mick on Puig Campana last May we have kept in touch and met today at Carrefour, Tarragona we drove straight here with the idea we would avoid the tourist path from Monestir de Montserrat by taking the more direct and of course more difficult route directly up Torrent de Santa Maria topping out slightly west of Ermita de Sant Jeroni.
Parking up at the side of the road I have to say I did not fancy it but went along with Mick to park his car in the Monestir de Montserrat car park to give us the most likely option of descending via the tourist route to the Monestir.
Returning in my van to the base of Torrent de Santa Maria I kept reminding myself of the mantra "...if one of us does not fancy it then neither of us do it". I use this to avoid me talking my walking buddy in to doing something daft. Turns out it worked the other way round.
So abandoning this route I decide to save myself €5 and park in layby near Sant Jaume el Blanc. Heading up the road to Monestir de Montserrat there was a distinct lack of signage to find the path up Sant Jeroni. Signs seemed more geared to the architecture, hotel and funicular railway which could save a fair amount of ascent but in my mind not the best option.
Having found the path it was a straight forward albeit steep ascent up the obvious path which, particularly at the beginning, had lots of concrete steps.
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 28 January 2019
Walkers - Steve Smith, Mick Graylen
Accommodation - Camping Santa Elena, Mutriku 
Start Point - Layby near Sant Jaume el Blanc (41.60200°N, 1.83187°E)
Start Time - 13:41
Finish Point - Layby near Sant Jaume el Blanc (41.60200°N, 1.83187°E)
Finish Time- 17:37
Total Duration - 3hrs 56mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.72mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.77 miles
Total Height Ascended -673.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Sant Jeroni (42S - 43S&P - 72E)
Spain/Portugal 300m - 599m Prominence Peaks (1000+)
NONE
Spain/Portugal 150m - 299m Prominence Peaks (3000+)
NONE
Spain Autonomous Community High Points (19)
NONE
Spain Province High Points (52)
NONE
S: Spain
P: Portugal
E:Europe

Final walk from previous trip
2018
October
Other walks on this trip
2019
January
14th The Seven NW French Department High Points of the Brest Peninsular
17th Ernio
18th Erlo
19th Udalaitz
21st Anboto
23rd Tossal de la Baltasana
24th Sierra de Montsià
27th La Creu de Santos
28th Montserrat-Sant Jeroni
29th Turó de l'Home
30th Mattagalls
31th Serrat Negra
February
01st Tossa d'Alp
03rd Cap de Gallina Pelada
05th Penyal d'Ifach
06th Sierra d'Olta
09th Cerro de la Selva & Morrón del Rivazuelo
10th Cerro Espuña
11th Carrascoy
12th Colativí
12th Cerrode Mesquita
16th Morrón de Mariné
17th Sierra de Lujar
18th Cerro de Santa Lucía
20th Maroma
25th Pico de Mijas

Route
Map of route to follow

More Photographs
Full set of captioned photos providing journal and description of key parts of ascent, descent and summit photographs.
Route map, Statistics and other route info to follow. 
Radio tower and 1205m spot height from Sant Jeroni summit. Amazing peaks in the Parque Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat
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