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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Almenara


Walk Summary
Planned start point in sight of Masegosillo
at junction of CM-3216 and AB-415.
Decided to check if track is drivable. It was.
With rain all day and thunder in the afternoon forecast, the plan was to set off from an overnight 'wild' (well almost) wild camp at Honrubia service station off junction 168 on A3/E-901, drive to Almenara trailhead at 38°34'7.513"N, 2°23'12.098"W, find somewhere to wild camp for the night, catch up on some photo editing and be in place for an early start next day giving a chance to possibly manage two P600's in one day.
On reaching the trail-head at about 2pm the only rain we had had was some heavy showers early on and skies brightening from the west.
Also the mountain track based on previous experience looked eminently driveable. This would be the 4th time I had driven up an unpaved road on this trip and this one is probably the best of the lot. No problem for a standard road vehicle though I did not expect to ever bring my campervan up roads like this.
Continuing to follow the road eventually brought me up to within 300m of the summit with only 150m of ascent. A 5km walk e/w saved.
Follow track from van past upside down marker post
Further more there was a marker post, albeit upside down for some reason, with a clear dirt path weaving it's way straight up to Collado del Portillo de la Buitrera, over jagged rock.
Once at the ridge turn left and keeping left, there are various routes with a bit of scrambling to the summit 50m higher about 100m away. Just stay left at to avoid some serious scrambling on the right. 
Last look back at summit trig pillar from east
and  side of rock which may be highest point
High point is the trig pillar though rock to the east might be as high or slightly higher.
The descent should have been pretty much the same as the ascent but with the onset of the threatened rain 3/4 of the way up made summit rituals awkward and somewhat curtailed. Planned to come back the way I had come up but without referring to the map, being able to see where you are going and driving rain over the left shoulder, it is interesting to see what route selections you make to get lower and out of the rain.
Could probably see van from summit if it was clear.
This is first sight on the descent
Turns out I found a more direct and straight forward route without too much down climbing or getting in to any difficulty. Just goes to show there is usually more than one way up and of course down.
Following a change in to dry clothes it was still before 4pm so plenty of time to head further south closer to start point for tomorrows planned summit of Blanquilla



Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 14 October 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith
Accommodation - Rio de los Molinos, Siles 
Start Point - Trackside at 1641m spot height near Fuente del Pino de los Muchachos (N38°42'43" W2°26'44")
Start Time - 14:33
Finish Point - Trackside at 1641m spot height near Fuente del Pino de los Muchachos (N38°42'43" W2°26'44")
Finish Time- 15:17
Total Duration - 0hrs 44mins
Overall Average pace - 0.55mph
Total Distance Walked - 0.40 miles
Total Height Ascended - 134.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Almenara (29S - 30S&P - 59E)
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)
Moncoya (5&6)
S: Spain
P: Portugal
E:Europe

Other walks on this trip
2018
September
17th Signal d'Ecouves & Mont des Avaloirs
18th Mont Baïgura
19th Autza
20th Pic d'Orhy
21st Peña de Ezkaurre
October
02nd Collarada
04th Peña Telera
07th Itzaga
13th Caimodorro
14th Almenara
15th Blanquillo
18th María
19th Sagra
21st La Atalaya
22nd Cerro de Javalambre
24th Terrier de Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux & Maine-et-Loire High Point
Route
More Photographs
Still clear looking east beyond Collado del Portillo de la Buitrera towards 1743m spot height with 1645m spot height to it's left.
Looks like rain moving in from the left though.

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Caimodorro


Walk Summary
After 5km drive up unpaved road
park in site of Caimodorro summit near cattle grid
Shortest route to summit of the trip so far, though Almenera tomorrow will turn out to be even less distance to walk.
Driving from Moncoya heading south towards mountains north of Costa del Sol the probably the most difficult part of this summit was getting though Orihuela del Tremedol.
Following ATV track from van very soon
come to a tempting but steep stony slope direct to summit
With the benefit of hindsight I now realise the A-1511 actually bypasses the village to the south. However my Sat-Nav had other ideas taking me through the village towards dead ends and narrow streets not wide enough to get my van past parked cars. Eventually I appeared on the west side on the A-2707.
Start of path through trees
marked all the way by small piles of stones
Start point from surrounding main roads was not obvious so for once I used a route posted by Martin Richardson found on peakbagger.com. It was approached from the north down a mountain track which before this trip would not have considered drivable but turned out to be straight forward for a standard road vehicle by driving slowly and carefully.
Following the ATV track and fence west from the cattle grid you soon come to a slope strewn with boulders heading straight for the summit. An easier route however is further to the right picking up an easy to follow shadow of track in pine needles through woods marked by several small cairns all the way to the summit.
Return to van in under 45 minutes.
All that remains is slow carefull 5km drive back to A-2707
Return is back the same way and was back at van before 5pm, leaving plenty of time to head further south and hopefully dryer, warmer weather.
No target campsite - just drive. By 8pm and 200km later, I was south of Cuenca pulling in to Estacio de Servicio BP Moya - Honrubia off junction 168 on the A3/E901. By 10pm I was settled in bed after pizza and a couple of pints in Cafeteria Moya enjoying free overnight parking. One benefit of driving around Spain there is no charge for overnight stays in service areas.


Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 13 October 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith
Start Point - Trackside near cattle grid on fence boundary (N40°30'37" W1°40'34")
Start Time - 16:01
Finish Point - Trackside near cattle grid on fence boundary (N40°30'37" W1°40'34")
Finish Time- 16:41
Total Duration - 0hrs 40mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.55mph
Total Distance Walked - 1.03 miles
Total Height Ascended - 157.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Caimodorro (28S - 29S&P - 58E)
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

Other walks on this trip
2018
September
17th Signal d'Ecouves & Mont des Avaloirs
18th Mont Baïgura
19th Autza
20th Pic d'Orhy
21st Peña de Ezkaurre
October
02nd Collarada
04th Peña Telera
07th Itzaga
13th Caimodorro
14th Almenara
15th Blanquillo
18th María
19th Sagra
21st La Atalaya
22nd Cerro de Javalambre
24th Terrier de Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux & Maine-et-Loire High Point
Route


More Photographs
17 minutes after setting off reach Caimodorro summit and slightly lower summit cairn.
Probably the easiest Spanish P600 so far.

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Friday, 12 October 2018

Moncayo


Walk Summary
This is the 17th most prominent peak in Spain/Portugal including the islands and at P1296 is now the most prominent point I have reached so far. Only Ben Nevis is more prominent in GB, which remains unclimbed.
Looking down on Santuario de Ntra. Sra. del Moncoya
Auberge & Restaurant at start of walk
Joined by John and Sue, neighbours from Camping Veruela Moncayo, we set off from last car park before Santuario del Moncayo Albergue & Restaurant in 22°C with mountain forecast of 12 °C and clearing skies on summit.
After following a well-defined path enjoying straight forward navigation even in cloud was welcomed at the col (where 60m ascent remains and 1km walk to summit) with strong winds, cloud and very high dew point. Presenting entirely different conditions to those expected. Fortunately had donned coat and gloves lower down. Difficult conditions to take decent photos on summit with icy rain, strengthening gusts and wind chill at almost 0 °C.
Peak bagger at work on a windy, wet and cold Moncayo
Suffice to say did not hang around long before returning down ascent route. This summit was permanently shrouded in cloud and own micro-climate despite decent conditions at campsite during the 4 nights I spent in the area.
With an isolation of 145.6km I am sure on a clear day the views would be spectacular all round.


Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 12 October 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith, John & Sue Winstanley
Start Point - Last car park 600m before Santuario del Moncayo Albergue & Restaurant (N41°47'44" W1°49'22")
Start Time - 10:35
Finish Point - Last car park 600m before Santuario del Moncayo Albergue & Restaurant (N41°47'44" W1°49'22")
Finish Time- 14:27
Total Duration - 3hrs 52mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.46mph
Total Distance Walked - 5.64 miles
Total Height Ascended - 798.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Moncoya (27S - 28S&P - 57E)
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)
Moncoya (5&6)
S: Spain
P: Portugal
E:Europe

Other walks on this trip
2018
September
17th Signal d'Ecouves & Mont des Avaloirs
18th Mont Baïgura
19th Autza
20th Pic d'Orhy
21st Peña de Ezkaurre
October
02nd Collarada
04th Peña Telera
07th Itzaga
08th Santo Domingo
12th Moncayo
13th Caimodorro
14th Almenara
15th Blanquillo
18th María
19th Sagra
21st La Atalaya
22nd Cerro de Javalambre
24th Terrier de Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux & Maine-et-Loire High Point
Route
More Photographs
Looking back down on woods and lovely weather before turning in to cloud and eventually windy wet weather on summit of Moncayo
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Monday, 8 October 2018

Santo Domingo


Walk Summary
One of those hills you need to be sure you want to go up given there is a 30km drive from Navardún along the seemingly endless, bumpy albeit tarmacadam A - 2603 to the medieval village of Longás at the end of the road. 
Walk start point in front of 15C manor house in Longás,
It is for sale €60,000 to be lord of the manor! Any offers?
Plan was to follow the track from Longás as far as possible either by van or by foot , however a little extra research the night before identified  a path at the end of street past the church, Iglesia Parroquial de Santa María.
Crossing Barranco de Facillón at O Paso de las Arrogatas
From the village boundary the path is well signposted and well established all the way to the 1223m spot ht and Portillón de Longás at 42°26.83744'N, 0°56.04476'W.
All of the path is not shown on the map but takes you through stunning landscape where route finding is straight forward but some care on steep sections needs to be taken on steep parts of path along ravine of Fuenmayor leading down to Paso de las Arrogatas and crossing of Barranco de Facillón.
Pyrenean vista to the north from Santo Domingo viewing point
From the spot height Portillón de Longás a decent quality road (which makes me wonder if it is this good all the way back to Longás) can be followed all the way to the summit, though I took the path off to the right about 100m from the spot height through more woods to cut of some switchbacks before rejoining road approx 500m before Ermita de Santo Domingo.
Local information as did Peakhunter suggests the summit is at 1523m spot height (NW of Ermits) in spite of trig Pillar (SW of Ermita) being at 1524m and shown on Peakbagger. I knew this was the case but for some reason was drawn to the left hand summit approaching the Ermita expecting that to be the summit. So after admiring the Pyranean vista to the north and recognising Collarada and Peña Oroel was somewhat perplexed when I could not see the trig pillar and then annoyed when I turned round  and saw what was the summit beyond the Ermita. 
Visit them both to be sure. I did as well as adding a new peak for the trig on Peakhunter.
Back to point where left track for path on left to summit.
Portillón de Longás just before distinctive rock formation
of Raya Alta straight ahead
Other than following the road from the Ermita all the way back to the spot height, the descent route was exactly the same as the descent route I did consider following the road back from Portillón de Longás but the 11km on the signpost convinced me it would be better to take the 5km option ack the way I came down the path.


Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 08 October 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith
Accommodation - Camping Cantolagua, Sangüesa 
Start Point - Outside 15c Manor House, Longás (N42°28'51" W0°56'09")
Start Time - 12:13
Finish Point - Outside 15c Manor House, Longás (N42°28'51" W0°56'09")
Finish Time- 17:36
Total Duration - 5hrs 23mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.76mph
Total Distance Walked - 9.49 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1058.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Santo Domingo (26S - 27S&P - 56E)
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

Other walks on this trip
2018
September
17th Signal d'Ecouves & Mont des Avaloirs
18th Mont Baïgura
19th Autza
20th Pic d'Orhy
21st Peña de Ezkaurre
October
02nd Collarada
04th Peña Telera
07th Itzaga
08th Santo Domingo
12th Moncayo
13th Caimodorro
14th Almenara
15th Blanquillo
18th María
19th Sagra
21st La Atalaya
22nd Cerro de Javalambre
24th Terrier de Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux & Maine-et-Loire High Point
Route
More Photographs
Look back for last look at Longás after half hours walking on way to Santo Domingo
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