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- 2 september 2011 -
Disguised as a cairn

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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 17: roundtrip to 420bis.

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

En route: 10 - 18.30 (8.30h)

According to the gps-tripteller:
Distance:  24.6km
Cum. elevation gain : 1491m
Total elevation: 2982m
Maximum height: 2508m
Time: 8.34h

According to visugpx

- distance : 18,3km
- cum. elevation gain : 1596m
- cum. elevation loss : 1594m
- total elevation:  3190m

- altitude maxi : 2507m
- altitude mini : 948m
- altitude average : 1762m

A trip to bm420bis from the Riberot-parking, south of Castillon-en-Couseran. In the morning I drove from Fos to this parking.

It took 4 hours to climb to it via the west-side. That is: climbing to  Port de Barlongère and then follow the red/white 'route transfrontalière'.

First, a steep climb through a forest
up to this mountain valley.

There's enough waymarking

Beyond a (private) cabin the Port Barlongère is not far anymore.
At the Port, one of the signs point to the hamlet of Montgarri (RRI) in Spain.

On this picture: the approximate route to the border. It's a 'route transfrontalière' with red/white waymarks which were not always easy fo find.

The trail crosses the border - so I learn - at the Passage de Lègne. That's at the bottom of this picture, we're looking W.

I spot something which

(zoom-in) must be bm420bis, standing higher on the the ridge to the west.

But it looks strange. When I get closer, I discover that
this bm420bis is almost completely covered by stones in a sort of attempt to conceal it!

From distance, it looked like a cairn.
But sorry guys, I don’t  think bordermarkers should be disguised.

I remove the stones and see that this bm - placed in 1997 - still looks brand new.

For the story of bm420bis: see the curiosities-page
From bm420bis looking back to the Passage de Lègne.

And this panorama, taken from bm420bis, shows the bassin of Renadge d'en Haut. Red is the current and correct borderline (on the watershed). Yellow is the borderline as being drawn on the maps until 1997.
A self-portrait,
why not?
As said before, this cross-border route is waymarked and should bring you to Montgarri in Spain.
From the Passage de Lègne looking to the Port Barlongère where I came from.
Then descending (also 4 hours) via two lakes on tiring rocky paths.

This picture: looking down at the first lake. At the other end of the first lake, I will see where a branch of the red/white trail (the red line) leads to the Col de Clauère and eastwards into France.

Along the first lake, some cables help on tricky parts.
There's enough waymarking.
After the first lake, descending to the second one and from there
descending further, back to my car and to Castillon-en-Couseran, my basecamp for the next two days.
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