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- 11 july 2005 -
A long day, heavy last hours

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Part of  a 6-days solo-hike from Puigcerda to Prats-de-Mollo along the borderline.
 
A long trip: from 09am (Puigcerda) to 19.30pm (camping-spot) without a break.

Weather: beautiful sunny weather,  later chilly on the mountain ridge
   
Walking: 9 hours. Ascending: 1500  meters. 
I'm on my way, looking back at Puigcerda.
I follow the GR11-trail untill

Bm500 on Col Marcer.

From here I walk back to find bm499 to 496. Luckily there's a fence on the border. It would have been difficult to find them with only my compass.

Bm499

Bm498




Bm497

Bm496

Back to bm500 to continue on the GR11.
Bm501, then  - along a winding path - 6 submarkers.
Bm501-I
Bm501-II
Bm501-III
Bm501-IV
Bm501-V
Bm501-VI
I'm not sure but as far as I remember, this is a view back on the winding trail with the submarkers.
Bm502 on Coll de Maians.

Then climbing to bm503, a border-fence helps again to navigate.


 
Bm503
Bm504

I'm in doubt, to continue or not, it's already 4pm. But I go on and the last 3 hours are pretty tough.

From here, it's a bare and broad mountain ridge,


as this picture shows, with bm505 in the distance (the white speck).

Just follow the fence.

Bm505
And now looking back on this plain of Pla de les Salines.

Leaving the fence and continuing on the country road to.

Bm506

Enough for today, I descend to the valley
and pitch my tent at the foot of the Puigmal, close to a ski station.

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