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- wednesday 13 april 2022 -
Redoing bm174-185, bm180 also with Carlos & Conchita

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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 5.

Today: redoing bm174 to bm185 in a 8-shaped route. At the end: redoing bm180 for a second time  together with Carlos & Conchita.

Weather: slightly overcast, nice for walking

Basecamp: camping Irouleguy in Saint-╔tienne-de-Ba´gorry.

The part with Carlos & Conchita also to be seen on their website.


track-20220413.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: 14,0km
Max-height: 1221m
Min-height: 602m
Elevation: +1166m -1166m
Total elevation: 2332m

Start 9:22  Finish 16:52
Total time: 7:31
After navigating on narrow & winding roads uphill, I park my car.

My first target: bm174 at the other side of the hill ridge in the background.


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That involves crossing the border on a dirtroad.


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A view back and an indication of bm180 in the deep of the valley.
But that's for later.


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At the Spanish side the dirtroad curves to Col d'Ehunzaroy.


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That's here with bm174 to the right.


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Bm174 from the other side.


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Bm174


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Bm174


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Bm174, to the left the fence which is the borderline uphill.

Now going back, this time along the border, picking up the fence after a half circle on the Spanish side.


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Halfway uphill: bm175.


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Bm175


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Bm175


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Bm175


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Further on: bm176.


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Bm176


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Bm176


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The last part to the summit is rocky.


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At the top: bm177.


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Bm177


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Bm177


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Bm177


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Bm177


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Bm177


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Bm177


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Then descending to bm178.


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Bm178, zoom-in from previous picture.


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Bm178


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Bm178


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Bm178


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Bm178

From bm178 a small stream(bed) starts which will be the border until bm18o.


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Remember: life is not all about bordermarkers.


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This is approximately where the dirtroad passes the border.

I descend into the valley


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and soon there is bm179.


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Bm179


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Bm179


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Bm179, looking back


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Bm179


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From bm179 I climb uphill on a tral which brings me to


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a barn and


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from there I follow a cattle trail which remains above the stream like on this picture.

That is much easier than what I did on 27-5-2009 when I followed the borderstream in the bottom of the valley with much undergrowth.


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When approaching the waypoint of bm180, I descend steeply towards it.


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I can already spot the fence which climbs from bm180 gradually uphill.

The fence is in between the blue lines.


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The fence starts at the stream


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and close to the stream I find bm180.


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Bm180


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Bm180, the remains of a shield cq weapon still visible.


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Bm180


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Bm180


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A view at the stream, close to a small cascade, where the border leaves the stream to go uphill.


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Now navigating is easy: just follow the fence but


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sometimes it takes effort because of the undergrowth.


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Approaching bm181.


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Bm181


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Bm181


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Bm181, looking back.


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Bm181


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Further on bm182.


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Bm182


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Bm182


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Bm182


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Then through a field with trees on a trail


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with - looking back - the ruins of a barn. Could be nice bivouac-spot (if you bring water).


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Then bm183.


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Bm183


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Bm183


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Bm183, looking back.


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Continuing along the fence


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and approaching bm184.


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Bm184


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Bm184


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Bm184


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Bm184, looking back.


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Then the last one: bm185.


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Bm185


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Bm185


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Bm185, looking back.


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From bm185, I climb back to my car on the hillridge. There is a trail.


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Further on the trail, looking back.


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Same story, the trail is sometimes vague but in general distinct enough.


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Carlos and Conchita are waiting for me, they have just arrived from Barcelona for a few days of bordermarkers-pleasure.

Some markers we will do together.


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From our parking spot, we will do together bm180.


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This is our route from the hillridge (with the building) to bm180 and back.

The right one is the route down and the left one (the better one) is the route back.
We descend, seeking a route.


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Getting closer to the bottom of the valley.


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Arrived at the wooded valley-bottom


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where bm180 is close.


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Carlos discovers that there is a painted number at the other side and I climb the fence


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to make these pictures.


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Bm180, last picture.


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Climbing back, now on a better route.


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And that's a slightly curved one.

Enough for today. We drive back, I to my camping and Carlos & Conchita to their rented appartement.

At night: invited to have dinner with them and to plan our trips for the next days.


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