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Ascent of Pic de Coma Pedrosa on 2013-07-06

Climber: Nick Goumas

Others in Party:Patrick Huegel -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pic de Coma Pedrosa
    Location:Andorra
    Elevation:9662 ft / 2944 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at hotel Crest and started up through the tunnel at 3:15pm. Late start but this time of year we noticed it wasn't getting dark until past 10pm anyway. After the tunnel turned right and walked by the apartment buildings and horses. Really interesting earthen wall on the other side of the pasture, apparently to protect Arinsal from flash floods.

Following the trail we kept left at the first couple signs indicating the way to "Pic De Comapedrosa." Really amazing scenery all though the hike.

Eventually made our way to "Refugi de Compedrosa" next to a small lake. (We didn't see this lake until we were at a much higher elevation looking down at the hut.) From there the trail breaks off left and we continued strait on, following the valley to the opposite end. Here the trial turns right and starts gaining some elevation. This end of the valley is also where the snow fields started. We could see other hikers tracks in the snow, but could only make an educated guess as to where the trail led based off our map.

The trail actually heads north from the valley, veers north-east then continues up to the summit on it's south face. Going between two small glacial ponds south-west of the summit.

Without seeing the trail well, we ended up hugging the edge of each pond as we went by, going off trail and putting ourselves almost due west of the peak. At that point I could barely see a small artifact on what I believed to be the summit. Pat zoomed in with his camera and took a picture, showing the summit sign.

Heading up the west face was hell. It was very loose and each step up slid down almost as much. Also we weren't sure if it was due to elevation or the fact we were just exhausted from traveling but we took too many breaks to count going up this side. Eventually we got to the top, coming over a crest and emerging on the wrong side of a small rope barrier. It was about 6:30pm.

We took our obligatory summit pictures, hung out for a few minutes and just soaked in the view. The summit register was totally soaked, although I did manage to find a page where someone had completely derived Einstein's E=MC^2 equation in place of simply writing their name. I'm sure that's the type of person I would love to spend long hours on a trail with...

From the summit it was easy to find our trail down, and it's a pity we hadn't been able to stay on it the whole time. The trail follows the ridge and has great views in each direction. From here you can clearly see the small body of water near the refuge.

Took the same way out that we took in, walking by the apartments and horses at 10:15pm. Great hike, 7 hours total but it would have been cut shorter had we followed the trail perfectly and not wasted time on the snowfields and scramble.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4413 ft / 1345 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4413 ft / 1345 m
    Start Trailhead:Hotel Crest Parking Lot  5249 ft / 1599 m
Descent Statistics



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