Ascent of Melilla High Point on 2016-09-23
|Others in Party:||Stuart Mackenzie|
|Date:||Friday, September 23, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Airplane|
|Peak:||Melilla High Point|
| Elevation:||427 ft / 130 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe flew in from Malaga in mainland Spain to bag this "top". The whole experience was rather unpleasant as Melilla seems to be populated by a high proportion of unsavory characters. Our first experience was of being warned away from the boundary fence with Morocco by military guards. We saw people living in tents in "no mans land" between the two countries.
The walk itself was fairly easy, apart from the heat and carrying all our overnight things with us. We walked along a road and came to a bridge over an arroya with a group of Africans living under it. The summit itself is in pleasant parkland which afforded some welcome shade. There is no view from the top and the land continues to rise towards Morocco. The whole place is in need of some TLC and a general clean up of the rubbish that abounds.
We were glad of the high numbers of Military personnel and Police who made us feel a little safer. We were glad to fly out next day and will not return. Ceuta will not be getting ticked off our list as we hear it is very similar to this province.
Melilla High Point (2016-09-23). Photo by Susan Mackenzie.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||427 ft / 130 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||164 ft / 49 m|
| Quality:||1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||427 ft / 130 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 263 ft / 81 m; Extra: 164 ft / 49m|
| Loss on way in:||164 ft / 49 m|
| Distance:||3.1 mi / 5 km|
| Start Trailhead:||melilla airport 164 ft / 49 m|
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