Ascent of Canchal de la Ceja on 2021-10-08
|Date:||Friday, October 8, 2021|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Canchal de la Ceja|
| Elevation:||7963 ft / 2427 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom N, large parking area above Candelario. Several starts coalesce into good trail up onto ridge. Spotting apparent shortcut path to R, I find overgrown path, couple of cairns, bushwhack up thru dense deep broom to join ridge path, easy walking, cairned descent thru broom and ascend ridge to summit (path takes longer route R). Verify highpoint location by hand level (large cairn on outcrop) and head S along ridge, soon rejoining cairned path crossing col, fine rock scenery, double topped summit of Calvitero ahead beyond a small tor, bypassed on L by cairned route leading to chain protected steep chimney. Alternatively, keep R to summit of tor then in gap to R find cable leading down a groove, seemed easier to me albeit cable rather old.
Calvitero trig pillar is on 3m high stonebuilt plinth, hand level indicating top of plinth level with or slightly below summit of 2398m tor immediately to S; ie the 2399m spot is foot of pillar, top of 3m plinth. Highest natural outcrop nearby is 1m lower. Scrambling up tor (easy route available) and sighting back, confirms these findings, ie the tor is the natural highpoint of Calvitero.
Bagged El Calvitero (the northern one, 2397m P70) on the way back, easy detour from main path, highest outcrop is E of the one with the metal marker.
1h50 up, 4h55 round trip, lovely sunny morning.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1851 ft / 564 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Aid Climb|
| Gain on way in:||1851 ft / 564 m|
| Distance:||8.9 mi / 14.3 km|
| Start Trailhead:||6112 ft / 1862 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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