bordermarkers of the Pyrenees : all my trips
The wrong pass
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Summary: part of a 11-days backpacking trip from Cauterets to
Loudenvielle ‘doing” bm315 to bm330. Day 5: tackling the Port de la
Canau with bm321 taking a whole day: I started with the wrong pass.....
Weather: Sunny and warm, no wind
||For explanation of
the gps-coordinates and other cartographic backgrounds:
see my cartography page
Start: 8.00, break: 12.30-13.15, finish: 16.45, net walking time: 8 hours
According to the gp-tripteller:
Distance: 8,9 km
Time moved: 3.19h
Time standing still: 5.13h
In total: 8.32h
Total ascent: 1041m
Maximum height: 2668
- distance : 5.92 km
- cum. elevation gain : 736 m
- cum. elevation loss : 599 m
- total elevation: 1335m
- altitude maxi : 2564 m
- altitude mini : 2032 m
- altitude average : 2383 m
started with the wrong pass although I checked it on several maps and
the gps-arrow was directing to that pass. Moreover I couldn’t
at first find the route back below. In all that steep solitary
climbing, I think I pressed myself a bit too far.
This picture: looking forward at the slopes to climb.
|But this is a better picture (of yesterdag): view of the
borderridge with somewhere Port de la Canau with bm321.|
I carefully studied the maps but still choose the wrong
Move the mouse over the
picture to see where the Port de la Canau really is.
|And this is a printscreen from Google Earth with how I found my way by trial and error.|
As I got closer to the
left pass = th wron pass (in fact Col de Gabiédou), the arrow pointed distinctly more and
more to the east and the waypoint of bm321 got further away.
||By the way: on my way up, I stumbled upon a distinct white waymarked trail. I followed it for a while untill I lost it.
|| I tried a
short-cut to Port de la Canau but it got too steep.
I descend enough to hop over to the right grassy slope and start
I find back the white waymarked route which is nog
longer a real track. That white trail puzzles me, it must be a more direct trail from the plains of LLanos de la
Larri to Port de la Canau.
I have to return some other time to investigate that trail which is probably easier and more direct then how I walked yesterday.
||Later on I loose the white trail again but it doesn’t matter,
it’s just going up, climbing is heavy by lack of a real trail.
it would have taken ± 2 hours directly from camping spot to bm321, now
it took me 4 ½ hours.
On this picture: almost at the pass, the bm already but faintly visible.
||Bm321 is painted in gold paint, I’ve seen
that a lot in the western Pyrenees.
||Bm321 at the other end of the pass.
||Then in 1½ hours down to the Cirque
de Troumouse where
||I camp for the night. Very silent day, didn’t meet
Camp H2237 N42 43 28.7 E000 05 37.9