The bordermarkers of the Pyrenees : all my trips
Confused by Roger
Part of 7-days trip from Alós de Isil to Canejan, exploring the
bordermarker-range bm422 - bm411.
Day 6: three unsuccessful trips from
the Cabin of la Traučs to find bm417.
- walking time: ± 7 h
- cum. elevation gain : ± 1000m
- cum. elevation loss : ± 1000
- total elevation: ± 2000
||The first 2 trips (9-13.15) exploring the ridge from that solitary tree to the east. In vain however.
This picture: I've walked over the ridge to the east and look back.
|Roger told me: bm417 should be at the end of the
ridge before the ridge climbs steeply to a summit. From the bm you can
spot in the direction of Melles a cabane and a hamlet.
||Probably first picture of trip 2.
That solitary tree in view now. My first climb to the ridge - yesterday
- was directly to the tree which was very steep in the end.
It's easier to follow a cattle-trail say 100 meters below the tree
climbing more gentle to the east to the ridge, that's what I'm doing
Then you can go to the left to the tree.
||The last picture of trip 2. I've come quite far on the ridge and look back.
Back at the cabin, Roger gives new directions. A visiting shepherd
confirms the existence, the visibility and the pillar-like shape like
Roger's directions aren't very clear and differ from yesterday's.
||The third trip (14-17) was to the far
east of the ridge but I can't find that apparently very visible
bordermarker. I just don't understand.
This picture: at the far east at a broad grassy saddle before the ridge becomes rocky and steep.
When I'm back again at the cabane, new directions
again. I'm getting confused. Bm417 must be halfway between the
tree and the end (or steep climb) of
the borderridge. At that spot there's a sort of mini-valley or bowl on
the ridge itself with no obvious watershed. The north-side of
mini-valley or bowl should be the real borderline.
- 2011 - I think Roger meant another direction then I searched: halfway
between the tree and Pic de Huradic. So to the W of the tree and not E
In 2010 and 2011 I
will learn that bm417 is a cross on Cap de la Pique, much more to the
west. It still puzzles me that Roger was so explicit about a massive
borderstone like bm416.