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- sunday 17 april 2022 -
Redoing bm085 to 090

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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 9.

Today: redoing bm085 to bm090

Weather: splendid

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


track-20220417.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: 20,2km
Max-height: 956m
Min-height: 98m
Elevation: +1778m -1778m
Total elevation: 3556m

Start 8:54  Finish 18:38
Total time: 9:44
Parking in Bidarray.


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Picking up the GR10.


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Later on - along the tarmac road - a sentimental view at the spot where Jan-Willem and me

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camped on 9-4-2009.
After crossig a bridge, the tarmac roads arrives at this point with the house (former farm Bernetenea) in the background. The road starts to climb now to the right.


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This sign is interesting.

There is apparently now a trail which traverses underneath the house to pick up a dirtroad at the back of the house.

That dirtroad and a trail starting from it after a converted barn can bring you to bm085.

I will arrive that dirtroad (and the trail beyond it) later on after a detour up and down the mountainside.



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Is this route useful if you want to reach bm085 from Bidarray?

Certainly yes: if you want to make a nice roundtrip from Bidarray to bm085 and possibly the next markers bm086 to bm089.

It will probably save you 1 to 1,5 hour in comparison to my route of today.
I continue on the GR10 and have left the tarmac road.

Nice panorama.


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Further on, I have reached the spot where there is a bifurcation if you come from the other side. That is from bm084.

The left trail is the GR10 continuing to Bidarray (where I came from).

To the right begins the direct route to bm085. I want to check that route again.


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The trail is still distinct enough but not waymarked.


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To the right  this peculiar


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rock formation.


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Then passing this ruined barn


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Further descending to this barn


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which used to be a barn but seems now a holiday cottage.

The red line shows the route to follow.


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Useful: a watertap opposite of the barn.


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This sign tells us that after 30m there is a walker's path to the left.


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And that's here.


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It descends and crosses this stream.

It's the borderstream which descends from bm084 to bm085.

The trail descends first parallel to the borderstream


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and then bends to the right.

In fact I could have tried to descend from here directly through the forest to bm085 (only 45m) but I prefer a more elegant approach.




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So continuing on the trail until this point where you can already spot (blue circle)


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the footbridge across the river.


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At this point, you have to leave the trail and follow the 'blue' variant towards bm085.


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Passing a nice bivouac-spot. To the right the river.


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I arrive at the borderstream where it meets the river. In the blue circle I spot


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already the second bm085: only a number on a rock, no cross.


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At the other side of the borderstream, the pillar bm085


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Bm085


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Bm085


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Bm085


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Bm085, seen from the borderstream


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Zoom-in from previous picture


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Then the second bm085 in more detail.


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bm085-number.

There is no information about the origin or reason of this number.


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On this panorama both bm's  visible.


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Time for a lunch break, along the river.


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Then - while returning - I discover a vague trail which brings you easily to the main trail.

That is in fact an easier way to reach bm085.

This picture shows it: the red trail is the main trail leading to the footbridge. The blue trail brings you to bm085.


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It passes through these patches of stone wall.

After 'doing' bmo85, you can return along the river back to the main trail.



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But to be honest - after watching the gps-track closely later on - it doesn't make much difference.
The main trail brings you to this footbridge


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and beyond it to this dirtroad


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which passes this Basque house


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and crosses another bridge.

The road zigzags uphill, passes a farm and a parking lot


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and reaches this point (looking back).

Here I leave the tarmac road and pick up the dirtroad


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which passes this gate which could be a gateway to bm086


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but it is easier to continue on the dirtroad and take this gate.


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This one. Bm086 is 70m to the NW in the meadow.


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Bm086


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Bm086


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Bm086


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Bm086


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Bm086


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Back on the dirtroad and approaching bm087 (already visible).


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Bm087


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Bm087


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Bm087


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Bm087


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Starting from bm087 I spot this track whichI considered to be vanished.

On 6-5-2010 it brought Jan-Willem and me to bm088.


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Let's show the approximate course of this track.


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I decide to try it again.

In the beginning the trail is distinct


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but the undergrowth gets denser further on and the trail vaguer.


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It descends to a stream, crosses it and climbs


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uphill on - again - a distinct trail.


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Looking back on this panorama.

Conclusion: a possible route in winter or spring but probably in summer too overgrown.


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Well, what is then the alternative route to reach bm088?

From bm087, follow the red route (= the main route of the GRPdesBF) uphill.

Then take the blue dotted shorcut to reach bm088.
Almost uphill


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and now arriving at the flat rock


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which is bordercross bm088.


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Bm088


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Bm088


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Bm088


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Bm088


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Bm088


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Bm088

I take a mini-break, the climbing was tough.


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Enough pictures of bm088, I climb uphill and look back.


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This panorama showes the route ahead.


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I follow this cattle track


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and look back again.


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Then arriving at this peculiar pillar.


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It has the dimensions and form of a regular bordermarker but lacks any engravings.

On 6-5-2010 Jan-Willem and me managed to turn it and check all four sides: no engravings found.

It lies ▒ 275m NE of bm089 and is a mystery.


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Another picture and


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this is the last one.


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Continuing to another mystery.

This flat rock is ▒ 50m SE of bm089


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and has a rectangular engraving


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and a cross


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and with difficulty a '9' can be seen. The '8' is an estimation.

The origin or reason of this cross - so similar to for example bm088 - is unknown.


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Then a bit descending to bm089, rather difficult to find between the other rocks.


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Bm089


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Bm089


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Bm089


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Bm089 with


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a zoom-in to bm088.


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Another view of bm089


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with this zoom-in.


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Now climbing - along this stone 'wall' - towards bm090.


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Uphill, there is this passage through the wall


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and further on, bm090 gets in sight.


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Bm090


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Bm090


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Bm090


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Bm090


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Bm090


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Bm090


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Bm090


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Bm090


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The 'work' has been done, I follow the GR10 back to Bidarray


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which is annoying longer than I thought (about 2,5 hours)


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Waysigns in between.


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Still 45 minutes to go.


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The last part before reaching Bidarray.

It's already late and I drive immediately to Carlos and Conchita's apartment for dinner, updating and pleasant chats.


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