Ascent of Vulturó on 2013-08-06

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:2649 m / 8691 ft

Ascent Trip Report

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
Canal Baridana>

Extract of text from my blog:
...There is a tiny car park (1393m) N42.32427 E1.63619 at the entrance to the pueblo. There is no point driving past here as there is virtually no more authorised parking and within a short distance there is a no entry sign on the pista.
The pista goes past a large house with a walled garden and electric gates and then comes to an area of scrubland with various cattle tracks which can be used as a short cut if you know where you are heading. The easiest short cut to find starts at (1448m) N42.31857 E1.63582 and all you do is keep on the pista, and ignore any cattle tracks, until you reach the main track (1538m) N42.31448 E1.63377. Turn right and then right again at (1636m) N42.30944 E1.63144. The pista soon deteriorates into a rough path that comes out on the broad grassy Collado de Josana (with a pointy memorial stone to Jaume Mata 1952-1970) (1746m) N42.30402 E1.63247.
From here there is a choice of paths east and west. The one on the west side is better engineered, but it bypasses Collado Superior de Josana and results in having to find your own way up the lower part of the canal.
The path to the east side is intermittent and poorly marked, but gets you to the Collado Superior de Josana (1890m) N42.30083 E1.63355. From here the path improves and switches to the west side of the ridge and into the canal.
From (2095m) N42.29254 E1.63174 the ordeal begins. The collado ahead looks impossibly steep-sided. Obviously, it isn’t impossible – after all, even I made it, with only limited swearing and weeping. At the top – (2469m) N42.28673 N163013 – I ate the banana I had promised myself and then walked up the final, mercifully, easy slope to the summit ridge.
There is some easy scrambling on this ridge that can be avoided. The summit is marked with a sign that names it as Baridana, not Vulturo and there was no sign of any vultures either. However, there were splendid views of Andorra to the north and Pedraforca to the east.
Now all I had to do was get down. Some sections of the scree were fun, some were not. Just occasionally you get scree where the stones are the size (and colour) of almonds and the slope is just right and you get a ride that feels silky and sensual – the earth moves for you. However, most of the time the stones are too big, too few or the slope is too steep/not steep enough.
16.55km 1854m total ascent.

My advice to anyone else wishing to bag Vulturo:
1. Buy a map
2. Find a different route up – why not arrange transport and/or take a bivvy or tent and do the full ridge of Sierra del Cadi?
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