The bordermarkers of the Pyrenees : the GRPdesBF
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Col de Perthus - Col de Banyuls (bm574-591)

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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 provides a smooth on-going route along most bordermarkers, the variants give access to the remaining bordermarkers. See the GRPdesBF-principles.
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In short

A long stage with - in clear weather - magnificent views. With some directions and making use of existing waymarking (GR10 for a large part), wayfinding is not difficult.
From the bordertown of Le Perthus, the main route soon starts to climb the hills and will gradually keep climbing along and underneath the borderridge until the hill-summit of Pic Neulos (1256m). From Pic Neulos onwards you might already spot the Mediterranean far away.
From Pic Neulos, a direct descent SE brings you in 0,8km to bm583. From there, the GR10 takes you gently along and underneath the borderridge (bm583-589) until Puig de Sallfort, treating you with some of the best panorama's of the entire GRPdesBF.
From Puig de Sallfort, the route descends S - passing bm590 - to Col de Banyuls (bm591)

There are two short variants, both in the beginning of this stage:
Variant 1: is a climb up through the bush to bm579 and continuing over the ridge to pick up the main route again further on
Variant 2: shortly afterwards, there's this second dive into the bush, climbing in a few minutes directly to bm579bis and then continuing along a trail SEE to the main route at bm580

Considerations
Be careful about your water supply. It can be very hot here and dehydration is treacherous. Water is available in the tiny (private) garden next to bm577 and from the stream running along bm577 I. But further on, water gets scarce until Pic Neulos. But: at the maps, we see a source 400m NNW (and 100m lower) of bm582. 
Between Pic Neulos and Puig de Sallfort, we spot several sources on the French side, for example Font de la Tanyareda (250 NW of bm583) and Font de l'Orri (250m NE of bm584).
Just E of Puig de Sallfort - where the route bends to the S - there's the last source (it's signposted on the trail) in this stage. Remember to refuel also for the next day!

There are lots of places where you could bivouac 'en route', providing there's water or you bring water.  In addition there are two cabins: the first is Refuge de Tanyareda just beyond bm583 (source nearby). The second is at the end: the "Refugi de Coll de Banyuls", 50m NNE of Col de Banyuls. No water around here!

Factsheet
Routes
Km
Heights:
min - max
Heights:
start-finish
Cum. pos.
elevation
Cum. neg.
elevation
Cum. total
elevaton
Time
Bm's
covered
main route
24,7
252-1241
253-351
1565
1467
3032
10:00
19*
incl. all variants
24,5
252-1241
idem
1556
1458
3014
9:56
21*
variant 1 via
bm579
0,3
(-0,2)
321-392
321-392
70
0
70
(-20)
0:11
(-0:05)
1
variant 2 via
bm579bis
0,8
(0)
404-511
404-511
108
1
109
(+2)
0:22
(0)
1
- the main route is a smooth trail along the border and most of the bordermarkers (within 100m reach of the main route)
- the variants allow you to visit the remaining bordermarkers
- altitudes according to the NASA SRTM3 database, derived through
Gpsvisualizer:
- 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 3 bm's with previous stage
Bm's
covered
cumulative:
708
Bm's cum.
on main route:
398

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-574-591-vs01.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 01
March 2014. If you have any correction, suggestion etcetera -> please email me: eefberns@grenspalen.nl


MAPS AND DIRECTIONS
March 2014. Maps and directions yet to be worked out in more detail. You might check the relevant webpages in the 'All markers'-section and 'All my trips'-section for pictures of the bordermarkers and wayfinding-issues.

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




Bm574
Bm574bis
Bm575
Bm576
bm577
Bm577 I
Bm578
Variant 1 via bm579

Bm579
Back on the main route, this is the bend in the dirtroad
Variant 2 via bm579bis

Bm579bis
Bm580
Bm581
Bm582
Bm583
Bm584
Bm585
Bm586
Bm587
Bm588
Bm589
Bm590
Bm591
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