Walk in , ascent 250m, length 17.3km
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simon3: Track 3740 in area near Spain, Canary Islands ()
Lanzarote: Femes to Playa Blanco, Minor Woes
Length: 17.3km, Creator time taken: 5h22m, Ascent: 250m,
Descent: 571m

Places: Start at Lon -13.7791, Lat 28.9127, end at Lon -13.8327, Lat 28.8482 8.9km SW from Start
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Our original plan was perfectly simple - while on Fuerteventura climb the highest mountain. But it didn't quite work out like that. We were based in Corralejo at the northern end of the island and Montana Zarza 814m is at the other end around 120km away. But we didn't fancy driving that far and the bus connections meant a journey of 3 hours or more twice.
Col with goat farm and its extreme access road.

And so we decided to cross to Lanzarote and start from Fémes a lovely little historic village high in the hills from which we could walk back to the ferry over the two 500m+ mountains. If you are visiting Lanzarote this is a great place to start from - get a taxi to it, have a coffee and choose one of several routes. You'll see a number of possibilities on MountainViews.
We went over the first mountain, Montana Redondo 562m and came to the col between it and Hacha Grande overlooking the Playa Blanca and the return port. It was, as it often is' extremely windy but very pleasant and not too hot given that at sealevel the temperature was around 22.
It was here that we made our Mistake and the Woe started. We decided since we climbed the last mountain before we would take a different route back via the SE coast. We had vague ideas of returning via one of the gorgeous Papagaya beaches for a dip.
Windshelter on ridge. Somewhere to the left is a forlorn map
We had our lunch overlooking the way back behind a wind shelter on a ridge. It was perhaps 250m off the main track. I had carefully put our Lanzarote map into the attached map case and we returned to the main track (near a goat farm). However after walking around 200m I realised said map had vanished. Poof. Gone from the map case! We searched a while but gave up. It could have gone a kilometre in that noisy wind.
Feeling fairly foolish we proceeded on our new route using the backup navigation method (Gaia Topo on the phone) quickly leaving all people behind on the track which turned out to be completely desert and deserted. The backup navigation method with its nice Open Street Map roads and tracks stopped working when we got out of line of sight of cell towers. However backup navigation method 2, the Garmin, did show the main track and some of the deadends if not the finer points of walking paths.
Convoluted desert, misleading tracks.
Perhaps I should say that the terrain around here is pretty unforgiving. There are a series of deep barrancos or valleys roughly at right angles to the direction we wanted to go in some with side cliffs. There are indeed a series of inviting tracks across these however previous experience had taught that sometimes these stop, leaving you with seriously nasty time wasting options. And then there is the sun and general desert. Take a look at the actual track on the detail map and see the extraordinary convolutions of the SE trending portion of the route. And it gradually dawned on us that the length of this twisty route meant we mightn't make it to the boat (leaving at 17:00). An interesting leisurely route variation became a fast three hour Desert March. The original route would have had one climb of perhaps 200m but overall would have been much quicker and better positioned to get to the port.
The nick of time
By taking every shortcut our limited mapping and eyes suggested we got to the outskirts of Playa Blanca at 16:35 with some 5km to go. With the assistance of a taxi we got to the quayside around 5 minutes before boarding finished.
So do try this route, but beware of the pitfalls!

Uploaded on: Thu, 8 Mar 2018 (06:55:42)
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