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- 21 august 2011 -
to Pic d‭’‬Anie

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Summary: part of a 3-weeks trip to the Pyrénées to 'do' the ± 60 remaining bordermarkers. All done as daytrips from campings.

Day 7: an unsuccessful attempt to conquer bm271 from Arette La Pierre St Martin.

Weather: sunny,‭ ‬warm
For explanation of the gps-coordinates and other cartographic backgrounds:
see my cartography page

En route‭ (‬±‭)‬:‭ ‬9.45‭ ‬-‭ ‬17.45‭ (‬8h‭)

According to the gps-tripteller:‭
‬Distance:‭ ‬16,5‭ ‬km
Cum.‭ ‬elevation gain‭ ‬:‭ ‬1161m
Total elevation:‭ ‬2322m
Maximum height: 2186m
Time:‭ ‬7.55h

According to visugpx

-‭ ‬distance‭ ‬:‭ ‬15,6km‭
‬-‭ ‬cum.‭ ‬elevation gain‭ ‬:‭ ‬763m‭
‬-‭ ‬cum.‭ ‬elevation loss‭ ‬:‭ ‬764m‭
‬-‭ ‬total elevation:‭  ‬1527m‭

‬-‭ ‬altitude maxi‭ ‬:‭ ‬2274m‭
‬-‭ ‬altitude mini‭ ‬:‭ ‬1635m‭
‬-‭ ‬altitude average‭ ‬:‭ ‬2016m
The drive from my basecamp in Urdos to  the ski station of St Martin-de-la-Pierre lasted longer than expected on those narrow and winding mountainroads.

On my way to the Col de Pescamou, I came along these free-range pigs.

At Col de Pescamou:‭ bm265
Then along the trail to bm266, the Pic d'Anie straight ahead.

I decide to re-do bm267-269.‭ ‬That took more time than I thought.

This picture: the hillridge of Murlong in front. On top of it - on its southside - is bm267.

Climbing to the ridge is easier than it looks.

From Murlong, this panorama-view back to Pic d'Arlas.
On the southside of the ridge: bm267.
Bm267, the Pic d'Anie in the background.

I descend on the other side of the ridge.
Then I first head straight for bm268‭ ‬but the terrain is a bit too difficult.‭ ‬

I return to the trail. Further on‭ (‬±‭ ‬600m from bm268‭)‬ -‭ ‬on this distinct spot with two cairns, the trail passes between them- I ‬leave the trail and go SW
to bm268.

Besides it: a cross.
Bm268, in the background the Murlong hillridge
Note the arrow-like line. Bm269 is to the left.

From bm268‭ ‬with compass‭ & ‬gps to bm269. It's about 350m to the SE. There are cairns helping.‭ ‬

Under the nr. 269 and the arrow pointing to bm270, I notice a conceiled nr. 267 upside down!
 And this is the other side with a similar upside down nr. 267.

Note the cross at its foot.
In close-up. Apparently the original plan was to build a complementary pillar at bm267 as well.
And the date of this scheme: apparently 1983.
Last shot of bm269: cross and pillar.

From bm269‭ ‬I keep following the cairns. They bring me with some difficulties to a trail NWW ‬of bm270.‭ ‬

My conclusion:‭ ‬it‭’‬s easier to return from bm269‭ ‬via bm268‭ ‬to the red/orange trail and then proceed to bm270.
Anyway,‭ ‬I follow the trail a bit to the E and NE ‬and I‭’‬m back at the bifork‭ (‬with a metal pole nearby‭) ‬where I was last year.‭ ‬

From here I take a red trail to Pic d‭’‬Anie.‭ ‬That trail seems to have taken another route through the karst crevasses than last year. Less deep into the crevasses.

But first this view from the bifork.
A bit further on the route: I remember the spot of bm270 from last year.
I go into the crevasses along the red trail, seeking the spot where I climbed to bm270 last year.

But - as said before - the trail has taken a different track. But there's a clue: a no longer used red arrow, pointing to the right. It brings you through a sort corridor to a parallel path, ±15m further.

From there, you can already see the cairn, marking bm270.

I climb towards bm270: not straight but with a bow.

En route: this zoom-in picture of bm270.


Bm270, looking to the SSW with the hillridge whereupon bm271 should be.

Bm270, looking N

Bm270, close-up

This picture: back at that parallel path where I started my climb to bm270

There were already a few cairns  and I added some‭ ‬.

Then back through that corridor to the red trail.

And this is where the red‭ ‬-‭ ‬faded‭ ‬-‭ ‬arrow points to the right and where ‭ ‬you can get in‭ ‬15‭ ‬meters to the old‭ (‬red‭) ‬trail.‭ ‬

I continue on the red trail to Pic d‭’‬Anie,‭ ‬hoping to get on the‭ ‬‘col‭’‬ between the Pic and the ridge with bm271‭ ‬and bm271bis.

After the crossing of the crevasses and arriving at the foot of the Pic,‭ ‬I leave the red waymarks when a steep climb appears.‭ ‬Instead I follow a trail along the slope in the direction of the forenamed‭ ‬‘col‭’‬.‭ ‬But that trail fades away.‭ ‬

This picture: as far as I got, looking forward to the 'col'.

One week later I will learn that I should have climbed that steep part of the red trail, then leave the red trail and proceed along the slope to the 'col'.

I wonder if there‭’‬s a trail from Belagua via bm271‭ ‬to Pic d‭’‬Anie.

Meanwhile it‭’‬s‭ ‬14.30‭ ‬and I have to return,‭ ‬knowing it will take‭ ‬3‭ ‬hours to do so.‭

This picture: ± 200m SSE of the Murlong hillridge. The metal pole was once a waysign. To the left descends a yellow trail into the crevasses to Pic d'Anie. Straight forward a red/orange trail offers an alternative route, mostly parallel to the borderline.
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