ShareThis

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 - 50&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 Baltasana24th Sierra de Montsià
27th La Creu de Santos
28th Montserrat-Sant Jeroni
29th Turó de l'Home
30th Mattagalls31th Serrat Negra
February
01st Tossa d'Alp
03rd Cap de Gallina Pelada
05th Penyal d'Ifach
06th Sierra d'Olta09th Cerro de la Selva
10th Espuña
11th Carrascoy
12th Colativí
12th Cerrode Mesquita
16th Morrón de Mariné
17th Sierra de Lujar
18th Cerro de Santa Lucía
20th Maroma
Route

More Photographs
To follow

Monday, 21 January 2019

Anboto from Gantzaga


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

More Photographs

Amazing day yesterday ascending Anboto; 1331m, P734, from Gantzaga.
Testing and extending winter skills to the full.
Not to mention decision making processes regarding safe to continue.
Very close to turning round with less than 100m to the summit.
Think I got it right.
Just a few captioned photos of time on summit providing journal and description of key parts of ascent, descent and summit photographs.
More photos, Route map, Statistics and other route info to follow.
Udalaitx summit.
Had to walk to end of high part of ridge east of trig just in case it is higher. Looks trig is higher.
Click on photograph to view slide-show

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Udaltaitx through the quarry from Kanzapar

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

More Photographs
Full set of captioned photos providing journal and description of key parts of ascent, descent and summit photographs. Unfortunately cold got to camera battery on summit so no photos of route along ridge returning off summit.
Met a local on way up who told me about a cave and water source that could be useful during a summer ascent. Just too breezy and cold today.
Route map, statistics and other route info to follow.

Udalaitx summit.
OK the earlier scramble was not the final part of the ascent.This is though. Toposcope is the highest point
Click on photograph to view slide-show

Monday, 22 October 2018

Pico Javalambre


Walk Summary
Platje de la Cruz, El Saler looking towards port of Valencia.
Last day of trip and choice of beach or mountain. Beach wins
Heading up La Atalaya yesterday (Sunday) I set myself the objective to go up 4 more P600's making five in total during the journey back to Caen and 10:30pm ferry back to Portsmouth on Wednesday evening.
The next two would be Cerro de Javalambre and Peñarroya following an overnight stop near Teruel.
Realising Valencia was on the route home it crossed my mind to have a day on one of our favorite beaches south of Valencia.
Only getting as far as El Saler by 10:00pm cemented the idea providing it was a blue sky day on the Monday.
It was sunny. So once again when it comes to the crunch; beach wins over mountains.
But ended up doing both. Heading north up the A23 towards Zaragoza late afternoon decided to take the 25km detour from La Puebla de Valverde along the good quality TE-620 tarmac single carriageway to the Estación de Esquí de Javalambre.
From here it is a 2km walk to the summit up a reasonable compressed stone track to the TV transmitter and summit beyond.
Drove 2.4km from Estacion de ski de Javalambre. Could have
driven all way to summit but conscience would not let me
Having crossed the Rubicon of driving up similar types of road in the camper-van I elected to drive further towards the summit but although you could drive all the way to the summit, my conscience got the better of me 300m short, just past the TV transmitter station, p
arking the van and heading straight up the slope to the summit.
Did return a slightly longer route back down the track to the van. All in all one of the easiest Spain/Portugal P600's you are likely to find. Certainly the easiest of the 35 I have done so far.
The hardest part was identifying the high point. A religious icon is the highest point overlooking the trig Pillar plinth, both of which are obviously man made. I plumped for the larger heavy boulder which seemed to be immovable about 5m NW of the trig pillar.
Returning back to van down track.
Could have driven all way up to the summit
The final P600 of this trip, though did manage to pick off a coup[le of French Departmental high points driving through France. Yet another list, but don't forget it will include Mont Blanc.


Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 22 October 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith
Accommodation - Hostel Andres, El Saler 
Start Point - Trackside just past Cerro de Javalambre TV transmitter station (N40°06'00" W1°01'28")
Start Time - 16:45
Finish Point - Trackside just past Cerro de Javalambre TV transmitter station (N40°06'00" W1°01'28")
Finish Time- 17:06
Total Duration - 0hrs 21mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.49mph
Total Distance Walked - 0.52 miles
Total Height Ascended - 28.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
Pico Javalambre (34S - 35S&P - 64E)
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
October
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
Pico Javalambre summit area looking north towards TV transmitter station.
Looks like highest natural point is rock 10m NW of trig pillar

Click on photograph to view slide-show

Sunday, 21 October 2018

La Atalaya


Walk Summary
Camino Rural Fuente de la Carrasca covered by soil from
fields after heavy rain. Quite alot of tarmac washed away
Fifth and therefore penultimate P600's of what appeared to be a convenient group of six in and around Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and La Sagra that could be picked off on journey south from Moncayo to the mountainous coastal strip in search of warmer, drier Autumn weather between Alicante and Gibraltar.
After realising 60% of the Spain/Portugal P600's are concentrated in 20% of the northern strip on the Iberian mainland mass, starting on the Mediterranean coast with the Pyrenees - extending west through the Basque/Cantabian mountains, then on to the Picos de Europa, it has finally dawned on me that the remaining Iberian P600's are relatively isolated, spread across the remainder of the peninsula, meaning it is difficult to be settled in one place for more than a couple of days.  
Looks like could be a prehistoric cave near Fuente la Carrasca
The NE/SW aspect of this group of Sierras with roads on NW/SE perimeter converging even further to the SW at Pozo Alcón results in a long drive to cover both sides. This was complicated in my case by not being able to access the trailhead for Morro del Buitre due to the access road to Camping El Cortijillo being blocked by road works at junction with Cortijo Martín (N38°49'26" W2°46'15"). Then further exacerbated by incorrectly deciding to head for Camping Maria rather than stay in the area of Martín to attempt Morro del Buitre another day and being close to Sagra and La Atalaya before heading further south. Instead Camping Maria was very close to Sierra Maria and although was a good base during a period of unseasonably heavy rain, was a longer drive to Sagra and La Atalaya.
The poor weather here, the forecast predicting more for the foreseeable future, circumstances at home that after 5 weeks away seemed to be calling me to return and finally a family funeral convinced me it was time to come home.
As expected La Atalaya summit area shrouded by low cloud
First stop on the journey north would be the isolated pueblo of Fuente de la Carrasca accessed along the aptly named Camino Rural Fuente de la Carrasca from Cañada de la Cruz a metaled single track road that in places had been destroyed by stone and soil washed off adjacent fields by the recent rains covered with liquid mud.
Leaving van parked at roadside on east side of Pueblo there is a short road heading north past the fuente (source) that gives the pueblo it's name. Very soon the track ends becoming a track which after a short time approaches what looks to be prehistoric cave enclosed by an old derelict wall. From here it is round the back of the hill to the left and following the gully marked in places all the way to the summit ridge where you turn right and head for La Atalaya summit.
Summit ridge heading towards Puntal del Calderón
I could see the cloud along the summit ridge during the ascent and it did not clear whilst at the summit, so it was taking photos from inside the cloud, dropping a GPS waypoint and logging the summit.
Descent was pretty much the same as the ascent other than a brief idea I might nip across to Las Cabras and the trig pillar. I did not bother and returned to the van just before 5:30pm, but during the descent I did think about setting myself the unreasonable objective to visit 4 more easily access P600's on the return journey through Spain and on in to France to catch the ferry from Caen 3 days later at 10:30pm on Wednesday.
Continue down gully in front of hill
and around end on left near walled cave
Spotting that Valencia was on the route home suggested by Google maps and that I could reach it by 10:30pm I decided to forget the extra summits and spend Monday on El Saler beach. So once again when it comes to a choice between hill walking and the beach, the beach wins. That is maybe why Spanish hill-bagging is such an attraction at the moment it gives me the chance to do both. As it turns out I did manage both as by 3pm on the Monday the strength of the sun had gone giving me the chance to aim for picking off Cerro de Javelambre.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 21 October 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith
Start Point - Roadside on east side of Fuente la Carrasca (N38°02'49" W2°24'08")
Start Time - 15:54
Finish Point - Roadside on east side of Fuente la Carrasca (N38°02'49" W2°24'08")
Finish Time- 17:30
Total Duration - 1hrs 36mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.07mph
Total Distance Walked - 3.31 miles
Total Height Ascended - 596.00metres

Peaks visited
Spain/Portugal 600m Prominence Peaks (168S - 185S&P - 2165E)
La Atalaya (33S - 34S&P - 63E)
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)
La Atalaya (7)
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
October
07th Itzaga
13th Caimodorro
14th Almenara
15th Blanquilla
18th María
19th Sagra
21st La Atalaya
24th Terrier de Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux & Maine-et-Loire High Point
Route
More Photographs
Looks like could be a prehistoric cave near Fuente la Carrasca
Click on photograph to view slide-show