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- monday 22 july 2019 -
Redoing bm044a-059

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Summary: day 2 of a 5 days-trip to the Basque country, revisiting bordermarkers and checking my GRPdesBF-trail.

Today: redoing bm044a to bm057 from Col de Lizzarieta. Our basecamp is camping Xokoan in Dantxarinea.

Weather: cloudy & cool in the morning, sunny & hot in the afternoon.

track-20190722.kml
(click to open this trip in Google Earth or copy link to Google Maps; click right on this link to download gpx-version). The gps-track has not been manually  corrected which explains the inaccuracy and misalignment at some points. For cartographic backgrounds: see the cartography-page

Gps-waypoints of all bordermarkers (most recent version):
kml:  esfr-bordermarkers-all-waypoints.kml
gpx:  esfr-bordermarkers-all-waypoints.gpx
According to Garmin Basecamp (uncorrected track):

Distance: 12,0 km
Max-height: 579m
Min-height: 438m
Elevation: +676m -676m
Total elevation: 1352m

Start 08:24  Finish 13:48
Total time: 5:24

Early start at Col de Lizzarieta because of the expected heat.

We make pictures again of the two surviving borderplates on the col. This is the second one from bm044 (which stands near the house in the background.

These plates were - together with the submarkers bm044a to bm044l - placed in 1988 to give a more precise delimitation. Apparently there was a dispute about the correct delimitation between bm044 and 045.

The treaty involved can be found in this pdf-document including a table with the intermediate distances.


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This is the first one from bm044, looking in the direction of bm044a.

The second one (previous picture) is under the tree.

The third one (disappeared or under the tarmac) is close to the green hillside.


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Along the dirtroad we walk to


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Bm046.

We will do bm044a-045 on our return.


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Bm046


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Then up the borderridge with soon this


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unnumbered and undocumented marker in between.


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Bm047, note the undocumentend stone marker at its foot.


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Bm047


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Bm047


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Continuing to bm048


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Bm048


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Between bm048 and bm049 its is easier to descend to the dirtroad and after 250m climb the ridge again.
An unnumbered and undocumented marker in between.



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Continuing to bm049 which


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has lost it top. It was still there 10 years ago on 20090405.


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Bm049


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We descend again, now to a sort of pass


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where (zoom-in) bm050 is to be found.


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Bm050


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Bm050


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Bm050, note the stone at its foot with a cross.


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Taking up the ridge again and
Climbing again up the borderridge and continuing to bm051.

Bm051 stands 15m off the path between the fern. In the background Jan-Willem on the trail.


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Bm051


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And continuing along the trail to bm052


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Bm052

Note, the main dirtroad is 25 to the left and parallel with this track.


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Continuing to bm053, note the undocumentend stone marker at its foot.


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Bm053


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Then 50m to the left and taking the dirtroad going E.
We descend along that dirtroad to a stream with


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bm054.


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Bm054, in the background Jan-Willem on the dirtroad which crosses the stream right there.


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Bm054, note the groove at its top.


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We climb up the hill


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and then bend towards the Col des Trois Bornes (bm056).


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But from that Col I first cover bm055.

Ten years ago, there were fences but now you can descend more or less straight through the fern and broom to bm055. That is 100m W of bm056.


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Bm055, note the undocumentend stone marker with a cross at its foot.


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Bm055, in the background the Col des Trois Bornes.


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Bm055


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Bm055 stands just beyond a large tree along the remains of a fence and is better


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visible on this zoom-in.


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Meanwhile Jan-Willem is waiting at bm056.


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Bm056, time for a break.

We do an reenactment of the picture


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we made 10 years ago on 6-4-2009.

I still wear the same shirt as 10 years ago. I only use it in the Pyrenees
Bm056 has two neighbours.


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The last one on this picture is the old bm056.


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Bm056, the original one.


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In the front another marker of unknown descent.


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Bm056, the three together with the hilltop of Atxuria in the background. The borderline climbs to it along the ridge.

As you can see, the sun is out there and the temperature is rising.


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Bm056 with the sandy dirtroad we came from


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and La Rhune in the far distance.


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Then we climb up the trail towards bm057.

There are 4 or 5 old markers in between which are supposedly old bordermarkers between the municipalities of Sare (France) and Baztan (Spain). I have seen more of them in this region.

This is the first one we spot.

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Intermediate S/B-marker no.1

Jacques Koleck reported 5 of them while Robert Darrieumerlou was sure there are only 4 of them between bm056 and 57.

We are going to check for ourselves.


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.2


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.2


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.2

You can see the letter B.


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.3


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.3

Note the S


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.3

Note the B


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.4

In the background bm057


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.4


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Intermediate S/B-marker no.4

Note the B

Conclusion: there 4 S/B-markers, not 5.


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Bm057


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Bm057

This is our farthest point and we return along the trails and dirtroads.


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This is a source along the dirtroad, approximately 150m NNE of bm049.

Is important to know. Between bm036 and bm059 there are few sources of water.


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At the other side of the dirtroad this cabin which is private.


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And further on this peculiar watchtower.


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We walk back until 300m past bm046 where we leave the dirtroad to climb on the borderridge to
bm045.

Bm045 and the intermediate markers bm044a-l are the last ones of today.


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Bm045


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Bm045


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Bm044L original spot (walking stick). This 20m NW of bm045. For some reason this intermediate marker is lying now besides bm044J.

The submarkers bm044a to bm044l were placed in 1988 to give a more precise delimitation.
Apparently there was a dispute about the correct delimitation between bm044 and 045.

The treaty involved can be found in this pdf-document including a table with the intermediate distances.


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Bm044L original spot, bm045 in the background.


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Bm044K


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Bm044K


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Bm044J with Bm044L


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Bm044I

Easy to find with help of the post besides it.


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Bm044I


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Bm044H


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Bm044H


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Bm044G


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Bm044G

A lot of these intermediate markers are damaged now. Compare them with our last inspection on 24-5-2014.


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Bm044F


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Bm044F


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Bm044E


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Bm044E


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Bm044D


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Bm044D


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Bm044C


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Bm044C


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Bm044B


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Bm044B


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Bm044A


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Bm044A


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Bm044A

The last one of today. Back to the camping


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where it is even hotter.

So we adjusted our dinner suits a bit...


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