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Length: 19.5km, Creator time taken: 8h45m, Ascent: 767m, Descent: 1810m
Places:Start at Lon 0.647325, Lat 42.6811, end at Lon 0.723599, Lat 42.7388 9km NE from Start Logged as completed by 1
Pyrenees 2013. This is a varied and interesting route from La Besurta near Hospital de Benasque to Es Bòrdes.
This route happened to suit us as a component of the tour we were doing, however parts are tricky navigationally (if you don't use the exported route from MV that is!) and currently as in July 2013 there is a washed out road to deal with nearing Es Bòrdes. The highest pass, Port dera Picada is at 2468m and after the late snow of 2013 was only just passable without iceaxe/crampons.
The route starts from the national park going up a well graded path past a super photogenic lake and with a steadily improving view for example towards Aneto. The route shown now goes up Soum de l'Escallette a rocky hogs back with something of a track on it. It is part of the border between Spain and France though it can be avoided by using the track shown on the map to the NW of it.
The route descends and contours to a border marker between Tuc de Planèro and Sèrra de Sapertega. From there it follows a variable, often very faint and seldom used track to the NE. Part of this appears on the 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 maps however a LOT of detailed work is required to maintain this route using only map and compass.
Eventually this route contours (approximately) to a ruined building and then enters the forest and descends steeply. As of 2013 there were orange paint splashs on the trees. These are difficult to find and the route meanders sharply from side to side. Once again, export the route to your GPS.
Eventually it reaches a forest road as shown - continue to descend on this to the river Arriu Joèu. As of 2013 this had changed course where the bridge is. In fact the bridge is still there but the river bed has moved SW about 70m cutting a new path. The new river was crossable by fording when we were there however this could not be assumed. You can amuse yourself by blowing up the meanderings and vacillations of the GPS track as we figured out what to do. Find this about 800m south of Es Bòrdes - it's also interesting on the Google Satellite layer. Other options for crossing the river were not checked out. There is a bridge marked 500 to 700m downstream but there is absolutely no guarantee that this is still standing.
Uploaded on: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 (17:05:19) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/2250/ To download GPS tracks you must be enrolled and logged in. See "Login or enrol", top right - quick and easy.
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