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Ascent of Canchal de la Ceja on 2013-05-22

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Canchal de la Ceja
    Location:Spain
    Elevation:2428 m / 7966 ft

Ascent Trip Report

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
Canchal de la Ceja>

Extract of text from my blog:

Canchal de la Ceya -Sierra de Bejar
Started from 1863m high carpark Plataforma del Travieso (1850m) N40.33503 W5.73245. As I was getting ready to go three young men turned up and headed off up the hill. I deliberately let them go off ahead of me in the hope that if they were going my way that they could do the hard work of navigating and pioneering through the fresh snow and I could literally follow in their footsteps. There first bit was a bit odd and hard going, however, they soon picked up a path that starts from the near end of the car park from the main road from Bejar. Despite my best efforts to keep behind them I still overtook them before we reached the summit of El Calvitero and then they turned back, anyway. Aren’t some people odd, fancy going for a walk on the hill without being a bagger?
I continued to pioneer to El Calvitero (2399m) N40.31731 W5.72399, marked by a metal tube, and then dropped down to the snowfree col (2326m) N40.30935 W5.73041 before, heading back into the drifting snow on the final uphill stretch to the summit of Canchal de la Ceya, Major 2430m P1153 N40.30457 W5.72899. The summit near the edge of a steep corrie wall is marked by a cairn and a silver space rocket. As I was still a bit tired from the previous day’s exertions on Almanzor and I had a long drive ahead of me, I decided to forgo exploring the El Torreon crags and head back.
Going back I foolishly left for a while the route I had pioneered and ending up flogging through more fresh snow. However, it meant that the route was a bit shorter and going down is easier than up, although not when the snow is hiding dwarf pine trees.

5.5hrs, 11.45km, 1036m ascent
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