Ascent of Rock of Gibraltar on 2013-06-01
|Date:||Saturday, June 1, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Rock of Gibraltar|
| Elevation:||426 m / 1398 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportFor pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
Pillars of Hercules>
Extract of text from my blog:
Obviously lots of people get to near the top of the Rock of Gibraltar – there is a cable car, special taxis and several walk ways. Hardly any get to the actual top because of walls, barbed wire, steep rocks, difficult vegetation and the apes ( although I found the seagulls, behaving like bonxies, more menacing as they flew straight at me and did not swerve until the very last moment). I started at sea level and walked around the town looking for a haircut – and found a traditional barber still using cut throat razors and scissors. Then feeling a lot more light-headed I walked up the long traversing road to the Pillars of Hercules sculpture, paid my 50p entrance fee (it is £12 if you drive up there) and got to the point where the path goes down the other side on the Mediterranean steps.
From there it was pretty easy to clamber over a wall to avoid the barbed wire and on to the rock by O’Hara’s battery. Most people don’t go to all this bother and they are probably right not to. There is another summit to the north that looks as high, but the barbed wire has been reinforced all round that one – I know, because I tried to get round it from both the north and south, despite the gulls.
I walked the rest of the ridge as far as the cable car and then felt I had done enough and followed the steep steps that go straight down into the town with its cafes offering ‘real fish and chips’ and ‘all day breakfasts’ for the people on the cruisers who are already feeling homesick.
I decided against setting up a hedge fund to take advantage of the lax tax regime in Gibraltar.
11.59km, 781m ascent
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