Ascent of Monte Hacho on 2013-06-02

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Sunday, June 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Monte Hacho
    Elevation:640 ft / 195 m

Ascent Trip Report

Reached highest ground accessible outside walls of the fortress. Refused entry by sentry to higher ground within. Shame as I was attempting to do all three of the twin Pillars of Hercules.
For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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Extract of text from my blog:
The days objective was to get to the top of Mount Hacho 203m which has a fort built on top. Not having a proper map it took a bit of driving around until I finally decided to park in the Mirador de San Antonio (117m) -with great views across the Med - N35.89975 W 5.29456 on the northern side of the peninsula.
From there I found a dirt road that lead across the west side of the fort – just before the road came to an end I found, by chance, a narrow track that lead uphill to the walls of the fort. Forcing my way through the overgrown vegetation accompanied by the calls of a peacock I came out on a road that came up from the town – when I looked later, I could not find the beginning of that road though. This took me up to a locked and closed wooden door – close by was the highest accessible natural rock I could find, N35.89372 W5.29261 – although it was obvious there was higher ground inside the high walls. I followed the walls around for a while and then found an alternative way back down to the carpark.
Later, I discovered another dirt track that went up to the east side of the fort and here there was a gate guarded by a sentry. N35.89543 W5.28794. I did ask, but he politely refused to let me inside.
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