Ascent of María on 2013-07-05

Climber: Martin Richardson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2044 m / 6709 ft

Ascent Trip Report

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
Maria/Cerro Poyo>

Extract of text from my blog:

The book describes the ascent of Maria/Alto de la Burrica/Cerro Poyo as ‘facile’ – this lulled me into expecting a gentle stroll on easy ground and unambiguous navigation. Not quite the case, but there was nothing overly difficult really.
There is plentiful parking at the Ermita at N37.69165 W218031 (1360m). The road continues to the Jardin Botanica at N37.68955 W2.18130 (1395m). If you want ‘facile’ go round the back of the building and follow the unpaved road – with eventual contradictory signs as to whether you can proceed or not. ... I will explain more about this route later.
I went up the track in front of the Jardin building and fairly soon concluded that this wasn't the ‘facile’ way. It was mainly the way the tall grasses hit me in the face that put me off – however, being a tough Yorkshireman I kept going. Basically, what you are doing is trying to follow a dry stream bed without getting blocked by the frequent weirs and the vegetation.
Eventually, at around N37.68056 W2.18257 (1660m) you meet a path with an endless series of zigzags that takes you to Cdo de Portalchico at N37.67642 W2.18298. Some of those zigzags are obvious (and tedious) some have been destroyed by people taking shortcuts (because they are tedious).
From this point the path is less obvious. There is a line of cairns. But I know I did not follow them or their logic. Note that all the time, the views are great – shame about the heat haze. And, of course, don’t let the false summits get you.
Eventually and ‘facilely’ you will find the trigpointed summit.
I knew, ‘facile’ or not, I did not fancy returning down those endless zigzags, there had to be a more direct route ... I backtracked to N37.67506 W2.19752 and then made a beeline to meet the legit path at N37.68302 W2.19004 (1690m).
What I should have done is head for N37.68720 W2.19390 because that would have cut out one of the longer zigzags in the path that eventually ends up at the back of the Jardin building. OK, I confess I probably broke the local access code, I climbed over two or three fences and I stumbled through odd bits of vegetation, but at least I did not get as fed up as I did with the long sweeps of zigzagging I met lower down. The route has clearly been devised to ensure that you do not break out into a sweat. But, hey, if you are going to go up or down these slopes in the summer then you are going to sweat anyway. JMH is right the easiest ‘facile’ way is the track that starts at the front of the Jardin and follow the fence, upwards.
11.20km 1056m ascent.

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