On the Ebo path - not exactly well walked this one!
Cairns and the green circle herald the start of the scramble
Dead end? Scramble (and blue dot) located round to the left
Early morning sun lights up Montgó
Bit of steep exposed rock scrambling (grade 3?)
View half way up the scramble
Narrow rock walkways on the ridge
Contemplating an extra scramble up Cavall
Summit post of Cavall (708m) with Montgó and Segària behind
The non-existent path off the ridge.
Resingles Ridge, Serra de Migdia (Mediodia)
This enticing looking ridge had been on my radar for a long time. It first caught my eye driving into the plains of Alberca and Plantaes in the spring and barely left my peripheral vision on consecutive summits of Montgó. Armed with what little information I could glean from maps and websites I decided to waiver my regular scramble on Segària for something more adventurous.
The access point was easy enough to find thanks to a painted green ring and pile of cairns but once off the main Vall d’Ebo path it was a case of picking a route through the vegetation while negotiating the typical razor sharp rock indigenous to the area. There is always such an addictive feeling of anticipation seeking out a new scramble. Ensuring a safe exit if the rocks run out while picking the most thrilling line across the ridge.
Exposure was certainly nothing like the Ferrer North Ridge but there were a couple of interesting climbs (which I believe are grade 2/3). I never felt the need for rope though. On the most part it was just enjoyable boulder hopping and with a fresh pair of Inov-8 Roclite 290G my spider grip was exceptional. The longest climb was the ramp to the left side of the large intimidating wall which was mainly up sharp vertical lines of limestone with plenty of handholds. Definitely not for the uninitiated or sufferers of vertigo though!
It took about 40 minutes to reach the first summit. The col was overgrown with little sign of a path so I decided to strike on for Cavall (708m). Another 15 minutes of scrambling. At this point I decided to back track in search of the descent path as time was running out and the trail ahead was indiscernible. A few cairns guided me off the slopes but once in the valley it was a fight through tough vegetation to reconnect with the Vall d’Ebo path.
This was quite a hurried excursion (2hrs 20min) and I feel a full days adventure around Migdia is called for on the next trip to the Marina Alta.
Decided to enter III Trail Llosa de Ranes at the last minute on hols. Following some alterations due to course vandalism, we ran 15km with 700m+ on some pretty steep scrambles and super fast descents. Was a really fun course and despite the sweltering 32 degree heat I felt strong for most of the distance.
Stoked my time of 1:26:02 got me on the veterano podium and 5th place overall :)
Great views tackling Bernia from the east. Climbed to Penyes del Portixol from the Altea Hills. Once hit the first abseil point back-tracked around the Arc to join the northern path before scrambling up the scree to the Col and Western ridge. Beautiful!
Trail Dels Senglars. Another classic mountain race in Valencian Community. For just 15 euros walked away with a gilet, towel, copious amounts of local cake, bocadillo, cerveza and a super technical course with some pretty gnarly descents, leg busting climbs and stunning views. Topped off with a great result as my running buddy, Tequila Dave, smashed the course in 2:40 after three days of boot camp on the Marina Baixa mountains.