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- sunday 10 october 2017 -
International summit on the 408-submarkers

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Summary: part of a 2 weeks holiday in the Pyrenees with Henny, only this day used for a bordertrip.

Today: climbing to the Cabane de Réchets in a last attempt with Charles Darrieux and Michel Moliá to find the lost bm 408 III and IV

Weather: splendid autumn weather

Start 09:00
Finish 16:45

(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

Distance: (according to Google Earth):  10,6km, maxH=1419m, minH=550m, elevation: +1187m -1189m

This map shows - besides our track - the two streams which are at the core of the mystery of the lost intermediate markers bm408 III and IV: the ruisseau du Terme and above it the ruisseau des Réchets. See this page for the complete story.

In short: the ruisseau du Terme was always considered as the borderline from bm408 to 409, perfectly fitting in the Treaty-text. Due to a forester's tresspassing in the 1960-ies of this ruisseau, doubts arised: should the ruisseau des Réchets be considered as the borderline? Diplomatic solution: shifting of the border to the north and the placement of four intermediate markers: 408 I to IV. However: nr. III and IV are unfindable nowadays and we don't know what was the exact new course of the border.

The same map but now with a cadastral layer. A lot of parcels, testimony of a once much used mountainside. Now they are not recognizable any more in the landscape and one wonders if there are still propretiers known.
You can see that the borderline on this map follows a course in between the two streams on a sort of ridge. Well: that's the recent diplomatic solution of the conflict: see this blogpost