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- thursday 14 april 2022 -
With Carlos & Conchita bm143, solo redoing bm186-190

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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 6.

Today: first Carlos & Conchita and I do together the difficult bm143. In the afternoon, I cover solo bm186 to bm190.

Weather: first trip foggy, second trip slightly cloudy.

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

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



Trip 1 - bm143 (with Carlos & Conchita)



From the pass of Korrotako lepoa we will descend to bm143.

After that, I will do solo a reconnaissance of a shortcut towards bm145.
According to Garmin Basecamp (uncorrected track with elevation added by Gpsvisualizer.com):

Distance: 3,5km
Max-height: 845m
Min-height: 635m
Elevation: +562m -561m
Total elevation: 1123m

Start 10:28  Finish 13:12
Total time: 2:44
track-20220414-trip1.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)
Carlos and Conchita have picked me up at the camping.

Parking at the pass of Korrotake lepoa.


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First descending on a dirtroad below the tarmac road to bm142, then descending down the hillside, no trails.


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We approach a sort of


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landmark on the descent to bm143: two rocky humps which form a sort of balcony.

You can pass through them and then the slope gets steeper and sometimes slippery.


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Getting closer to the stream where I spot the yellow (probably saying in Basque language 'hunting reserved') on a tree.

I rember that from 3 days ago (on 11-4-2022)

Bm143 is ▒ 20-30m to the N.


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Zoom-in of the yellow sign.


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Then easily finding bm143.


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Arriving at bm143.


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Bm143


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Bm143


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Bm143, with both parts (it is split vertically in half).


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Bm143


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Bm143, both parts.


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Bm143


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Bm143


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Bm143


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Bm143, the last picture.


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Climbing back.

Carlos and Conchita will continue to bm142 but I want to do a reconnaissance of a shortcut to bm144.


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What is this reconnaissance?

This is my route on 11-4-2022 from bm143 towards bm145.

A direct crossing of the stream below bm143 would be the fastest way but I found the stream-borders too steep.

So I tried the red route but wondered if the yellow shortcut could be an option.
On this trail (between bm143 and the dirtroad) I go N.


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It's a fine trail but


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gets overgrown later on.


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But a bit before that, there is a trail going downhill into the forest and there fading away


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but I can spot the mudstream(bed) cq trail


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which (zoom-in) I found on 11-4-2022 which brings you nicely to the bridge.

So this is a useful shortcut towards bm144. Mission accomplished.

I climb back - with some difficulty - to the car.

Back at the car we meet again and drive back, I take a nap in the car.

They drop me at the camping and I drive to my second trip.


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Trip 2 - bm186-190 (solo)




track-20220414-trip2.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: 4,4km
Max-height: 745m
Min-height: 573m
Elevation: +230m -230m
Total elevation: 460m

Start 15:15  Finish 17:05
Total time: 1:50
Approximately the same parking spot as yesterday.

Note the trees to the right, that's where


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the distinct trail starts


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going downhill


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towards the borderfence


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and meeting the fence at bm185.


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I continue along the fence to bm186.


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Bm186


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Bm186


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Bm186, looking back.


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Continuing to bm187.


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Bm187


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Bm187


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Bm187, looking back.


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Bm187


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Then I arrive at bm188,


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still lying flat, covered with branches now.


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I do a lot of pruning to uncover bm188.


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Bm188


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Bm188


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Bm188


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Bm188

The trail that brought me up to here, now stops.




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On 27-5-2009 there was still a clear continuation of the trail leading to bm189.
But now - just beyond bm188  - there is now a fence.

What does this mean? I cannot use this route for the main route of my GRPdesBF-trail as I did on this stage. As a variant it's OK.

So I have to think of an alternative main route for this stage.




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I cross the fence and now look back.


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There is still a sort of track between 2 fences but it is hardly used nowadays.


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Nevertheless it brings me to bm189.


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Bm189


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Bm189



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Bm189

Beyond bm189, that old trail gets too overgrown, it will be even worse in summertime.


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So I leave the trail and enter the meadow to the left


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and continue until I spot bm190.


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Bm190


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Bm190


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Bm190


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Bm190


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Bm190.

As you can see, there is a vague trail just above bm190. I will try that tomorrow because now time is running out.


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Through the meadows, I find my way back to the tarmac road.

Along the road back to my car.

At night: dinner with Carlos & Conchita.


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