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Ascent of Puigmal on 2016-10-01

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Saturday, October 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Puigmal
    Location:France/Spain
    Elevation:9547 ft / 2909 m

Ascent Trip Report

From E, trail all the way, a little steep and loose but no difficulties. 3h20 up, 1h50 down going steady.

From our Font-romeu base, thru Saillahouse, followed signs for Puigmal ski area. Drove past a barrier to car park xxxx just before locked barrier. Several cars there.

Route follows road beyond barrier then continues in same direction, following stream. Most direct route in a few minutes takes wide track R and shortly turns L uphill at a pair of cairns xxxx. However we follow main trail along stream (nice view of 3 dippers) which continues, marked with yellow or white paint and cairns, eventually to a col. Just before col I climb up L on steep straightforward ground to Puigmal de Llo 2801p46 xxxx then jog down to col to rejoin Lee and Adrian. Short climb E to Petit Puigmal de Segre 2810p42 xxxx then followed good path along ridge to Puigmal d'Err, a few dozen other hikers around; at summit people are converging from several different routes.

Unusual trig pillar, steel cylinder filled with concrete; marker is a bolt, with another bolt on base as a backup.

Down W ridge, taking obvious fork R further down to rejoin our upward route as the cairn mentioned above.

Then short drive to Tossa d'Alp for an afternoon ascent.

Puig mal photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202124731437261.1073742010.1757312418&type=1&l=dfdbc29d3d
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2847 ft / 867 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2847 ft / 867 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.6 km
    Start Trailhead:6700 ft / 2042 m
Descent Statistics



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