The bordermarkers of the Pyrenees : the GRPdesBF
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Portella Blanca - Pla Llauró (bm427-444)

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Only the bordermarkers along this stage are shown (and some adjoining ones). The main route is red, the variants have other colors. The main route is a smooth on-going route passing along many bordermarkers, the variants give access to the remaining bordermarkers. See the GRPdesBF-principles.
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In short

From Andorra descending to the plains of the Cerdagne. But in doing so you'll need to do a steep climbing in the beginning to the Portella Blanca de Meranges (bm428 at 2634m).
The main route then descends S, joins the GR11 and gradually descends to (close to) the cross-country ski-station of Guils-Fontanera.  Then - leaving the GR11 - easy (dirt)roads will bring you to bm443-444.
The variant however climbs  from bm428 further to the summit of Puigpedros (officially 2915m), the highest  point on the whole GRPdesBF! Then it traverses the plateau of Campcardós for 6km along bm429-434, gradually descending. From bm424 onwards it gets soon greener and forests appear.

Considerations
The main route shouldn't present problems though the climb to Portella Blanca de Meranges is steep in the end. Wayfinding is easy and you will pass a cabin (when you join the GR11) and later on the refuge of Malniu
The variant should be taken seriously: the high altitude on the rough and islolated plateau of Campcardós (from the Puigpedros to ± bm434) requires good weather or at least experience & wayfinding competences. Bad weather can be dangerous here. From the Puigpedros until bm439, there are no trails or waymarkings. There's a running water at bm429 and bm439.
The end of this stage - bm444 - is a nice bivouac-spot, water is available.

Factsheet
Routes
Km
Heights:
min - max
Heights:
start-finish
Cum. pos.
elevation
Cum. neg.
elevation
Cum. total
elevaton
Time
Bm's
covered
main route
20,3
1549-2640
2511-1549
846
1808
2654
7:59
4*
incl. all variants
18
1549-2904
idem
910
1872
2782
7:34
22*
variant 1 via
bm429-442
11,8
(-2,3)
1738-2904
2640-1745
387
1282
1669
(+128)
4:39
(-0:25)
18
- the main route is a smooth trail along the border and many bordermarkers (within ±100m reach of the main route)
- the variants allow you to visit the remaining bordermarkers
- altitudes are derived with Gpsvisualisizer using NASA SRTM1-data
- km & elevations according to Basecamp.
- time according to
Naismith's rule with average speed 4km/h; 10 min. extra for every 100m ascent and 5 min. extra for every 100m descent. Don't forget: this is a rough estimation.
- (+ or -) = extra km & elevation & time compared to continuing on the main route)
* = including overlap of 1 bm with previous stage
Bm's
covered
cumulative:
488
Bm's cum.
on main route:
312

Gps-files needed

kml/kmz
gpx (with
altitudes added)
Waypoints of all esfr-bordermarkers esfr-bordermarkers-all-waypoints.kml
gpx-version
Tracks of this stage grpdesbf-427-444-vs02.kml
gpx-version

Useful
You might check the relevant webpages in the 'All markers'-section and 'All my trips'-section. They provide pictures of the bordermarkers and additional information.

Version 02
January 2016. If you have any correction, suggestion etcetera -> please email me: eefberns@grenspalen.nl


MAPS AND DIRECTIONS

Print your own maps
It's easy to print your own - custom made - maps with the GRPdesBF-route and the bordermarkers on them.
See: Print your own maps



Bm427
Bm428
Variant 1 via bm429-442
Bm429
Bm430
Bm431
B432
Bm433
Bm434
Bm435
Bm436
Bm437
Bm437 I
Bm438
Bm439
Bm439 I
Bm439 II
Bm439 III
Bm440
Bm441
Bm442


Bm443
Bm444
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