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- 6 april 2008 -
Down by the river ....

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Part of a 8-days backpacking-trip in the eastern Pyrenees with Jan-Willem, roughly covering the area bm528 - bm575 and bm600 - 601bis.

Day 4: doing bm540 to bm537, unable to find bm536 down below. Finishing in Coustouges


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According to gpx-view
Distance : 7.443 km
Altitudes : Maxi 825m  Mini 430m
Dénivelées :  +364 m  -265 m

En route ± 9½ uur incl. breaks,
According to m watch: ↑755m ↓542m ↑↓1297m Hmax 853m Lmin 410m

We start at 8.56, are back at bm540 (break) at 12.45 after a descent to bm536.

First we arrive at bm540.

We hide our backpacks in the forest and climb to the rockridge (it's easier to get over the fence besides bm540 and directly climb the ridge here).

Along the ridge we soon find


and further on


At this point, we can't continue on the ridge. But a few meters N on the path (which crosses the border at bm538), there's a branch to the left.

That branche brings us to the dry bed of a stream. We descend along the bed until a path crosses the (dry) stream.
The descent in the bed gets too steep now.
We make a curved detour at the left side of the stream and return at the bed at a lower altitude. Doing  so we  find some small tracks which brings us to


From there we descend further in the bed of the stream until its confluence with the Muga which is also dry at this spot.

But we can't find bm536, despite a long search. Laridon doesn't provide useful clues.

A view of the (dry) bed of the Muga. So somewhere between Hostal de la Muga and here the river runs dry.

We climb back to bm540 along the same route.

After the break, 13.45, we return to P6 for a new search for an access to bm542. I retry the two routes of yesterday, in both cases again getting stuck in the bush. On the descent from P6, I see suddenly to the E - about 50m - a large boulder. That's where the real stream-bed seems, going down.

We return to Can d'Amunt along a grey waymarked trail along the P-posts we also passed yesterday. At P3 ("poste limonade") there's a distinct path descending that however fades away in the forest. But here the forest is more open, not with the bush-like undergrowth as near P6. Perhaps that provides an access to bm542.

Further on - beyond the bifork to bm540 and bm541 - there's another distinct path (is on the map) which descends NNW but that seems (on the map) to stop at a stream. But perhaps that stream is an access route to bm542.

Finally, you could try near Can d'Amunt a dirtroad going down but it's unclear - seen from above - where it really leads to.
Via Coustouges (a coffee in the cafe, we find out that the gîte d'etappe can only be opened by the council office) and find this bivouac spot behind the cemetary.

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