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- monday 11 april 2022 -
Redoing bm136-144

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Summary: part of a series of 10 daytrips in april 2022 in the Basque country, mainly redoing bm085 to 197. This is day 4.

Today: third day of three days of backpacking along bm091 to 144. Today from bm136 until bm144.

Weather: bright and sunny, later very strong winds on the hills.


track-20220411.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 (with elevation added by gpsvisualizer.com)
According to Garmin Basecamp (uncorrected track with elevation added by Gpsvisualizer.com):

Distance: 17,8km
Max-height: 1024m
Min-height: 508m
Elevation: +1734m -1901m
Total elevation: 3635m

Start 8:40  Finish 18:11
Total time: 9:31
It was a stormy night, I was often awakenend by it.

From my bivouac spot I descend to bm136.


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Bm136


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Bm136


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Bm136


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Between bm136 and the Benta Baztan (bm137), there is a meadow.


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Along the west-side of the meadow, you can


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descend to the road. But the last part along the fence is too steep.


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But parallel to the fence in this track


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climbing uphill. I try it.

Now I'm back near the upper edge of the meadow

This picture shows how to descend more smoothly to the road.


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The Benta, I'm too early for a 'cafe con leche'.


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The remains of a former border barrier.


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At the backside of the Benta, there is bm137.


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Bm137


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Bm137


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Bm137


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Bm137


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Bm137


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On 1-6-2013 I found together with Jan-Willem a direct route from bm137 to bm138.

But now the undergrowth has become too strong to wrestle through, especially later in the season. I already heard that from Carlos and Conchita Roca.


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So I will make a detour.

First along the tarmac road with this view ahead.


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Zoom-in.


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Later on entering this road to a farm


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but taking this dirtroad


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and crossing this gate


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to reach bm138.


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Bm138


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Bm138


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Bm138


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Bm138 with a


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a zoom-in to the farm with bm139.


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I continue beyond bm138, crossing a stream and arriving at this open spacen.

I am surprised that the three trees of 1-6-2013 are still there.

Passing along those trees


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and coming across some tyres (why here?), still


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following a trail


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which crosses this stream


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and then bends sharply and climbs SE to this fence.

I cross the fence and descend - still going SE -


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to a next fence.

Crossing the fence


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and through the forest SE downhill until this tarmac road


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which brings me to these buildings


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with bm149.


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Bm139


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Bm139


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A view back


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to the Benta where bm137 is.


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I descend along the road to this road.

Climbing over the fence and descending to


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the stream with at the opposite side bm140.


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Zoom-in to bm140.


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But I want a close look and a close picture.

So I take off my trousers and


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wade through the stream


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to bm140.


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Bm140


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Back to the road and continuing W until this bend of the road where it passes a stream.


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At the other side of the stream, immediately leaving the tarmac road and continuing on this trail


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which descends gently into the valley and


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crosses a stream on this bridge.


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The track/dirtroad climbs again.

Here I keep left


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and follow a trail which is no longer much used


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and maintained.


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Then the track gets better and passed this barn


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where I pitched my tent on 7-5-2009.
Another view back


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to Benta Baztan.


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I climb further uphill until this sort of pass.

Bm141 is at the hilltop in the far background.

Now - on the hillridge - the wind is very strong.


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Climbing the hill


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and approaching the hilltop


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with bm141.


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Bm141


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Bm141


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Bm141


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Ysterbegi is the name of this summit (1027m altitude).

The wind is now so strong that it's even difficult to walk.


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Descending directly to bm142 (like I did on 8-5-2009 is now more difficult because of the broom bushes.


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So I make a detour NEE to the pass of Korrotako lepeo to pick up


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the tarmac road which brings me to


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bm142.


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Bm142


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Bm142


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Bm142



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Bm142


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Then it's time for a lunch break in the lee of the wind.


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Then descending SEE which


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is not difficult in the beginning.


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I remember these double rocky humps where you can pass through.


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Another view of these humps which form a sort of balcony.

Beyond it, the hillside becomes steeper and more difficult to descend. Also because of my backpack and the moist ground.


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My target is bm143 and that's somewhere on this hillside near the stream in the bottom of the valley.

A gps diminishes considerably in accuracy in a forest, even more on a forested hillside.

I have a waypoint but no bm143 at that point.

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But then I suddenly spot bm143 lower on the hillside.


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Zoom-in to bm143.


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Another view from above to bm143 and


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again a zoom-in.


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Bm143


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Bm143


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Bm143 is split in half.

The other half is lying besides it.


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Bm143


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Bm143


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Bm143, the last picture.


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This sign might help you to find bm143, it is ▒ 20m to the S.

I find the last part to the stream too steep, also the other side.

That's a pity because that would be the shortest route to bm144.

So I have to find another route.


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So I climb back and this is a dirtroad in between bm143 and the tarmac road.

It brings me back to


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the pass of Korrotako lepeo which is here.

I cross the gate to the right


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and further on descend directly to the edge of the forest.


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Having climbed the fence and following this cattle trail for a while.


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But I am still too high and have to descend further.


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Then I reach this kind of trail cq mudstream which begins in the background.


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I descend now along the mudstream cq trail, the trail

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becoming more distinct and


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arriving at this bridge


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with this gate to cross.


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Now let's view my route on this Google Earth-background.

Crossing the stream below bm143 would be the shortest way.

If that is not possible, then the route I followed today BUT with the possible shortcut indicated.

I will check that possibility on 14-4-2022.
From the bridge I follow the dirtroad uphill, sometimes quite steep, until this spot where I go left on a track


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to get at the ridge


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which brings me to bm144.


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Bm144


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Bm144

On 8-5-2009 I descended directly steeply to a stream and then climbed straight uphill.

But now I have seen a more easy approach to bm145.

Go back on the ridge and descend on cattle tracks to the stream and then climb the hill as indicated by the blue dotted line.


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Bm144


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Bm144


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Bm144, looking back.


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Time to find a place to sleep.

I return to the dirtroad and while descending I spot to the left (at a bifurcation of the dirtroad) a source. Perfect to fill my water bottles for the night.


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I end up after this cabin.


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At night, it starts to rain and the water invades my tent. I miss my 'bathtub' inner tent ......

The following morning, I decide to stop. My time schedule is getting too tight because of my appointments with Carlos & Conchita Roca two days later.

But most of all: I'm tired. It has been tough days of backpacking, probably due to a virus infection (influenza or like, no covid19).


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So - the next day - I descend nice and easy 6 kilometers to Urepel.

I am lucky to arrive just in time to catch the bus to Saint-╔tienne-de-Ba´gorry where my car is parked.

Camping Irouleguy will be my basecamp for the next days.


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