No, not those Three Peaks…
These Three Peaks
One’s divested of sticky mud, rain, and the general misery of being British…
Mind you….six hours for six miles, I’d never manage the real McCoy..
I have excuses…I’ll not bother with them…
The first peak, Sa Rateta 1113m…taken by the north leading flank..
‘Taken’, yeah well that is the language of conquest for you; I was the one who was taken, kicked around on its modest low slopes in a sea of impenetrable (penetration now, must we?) grasses and confusing ankle snapping terrain…in 32 C of heat (ah, there are the excuses…more will roll in; patience).
Well there is guidance….but it is so easily lost…the first 500m take me 20 minutes.
Yet you don’t want to hurry when the potential penalties are quite severe…
Similarly the rewards…
A clear path emerges after a time of mildly embarrassing flailing about.
Blood already flows..
Tears have been close…
But it is rock; we like rock.
Hypericum Balearicum - St Johns Wort (thanks Mr Mole).
Good timing, I was feeling a little too mellow.
Looking East to the central massif of the Tramuntana. From Peak 1.
Peaks 2 and 3 from Peak 1.
The Ladybug Ball; let’s crawl.
The impassable headwall of Na Franquesa (1167m) from the Col des Gats (my favourite bivouac spot).
I can’t drink enough to cope with the moisture loss.
Peak 2 - Na Franquesa (1167m)
Peak 1 from Peak 2 (really, I’ve been spending far too much time with computer scientists).
Peak 3 (Puig de l’Ofre 1191m) see
Stop to try and dry out.
Peaks 1 and 2 fro…….
The shaded sanctuary of the forest…my my
Fess up; it was meant to be 4 peaks but I’ve run through 3 litres of water and am getting dehydrated (those colour charts are always handy)…the next couple of miles have no water.
It’s an easy decision to drop down into the Binaraix gorge where I know there is water. I’m done.
Will be more so after 700m of descent on stone paths.
Within 30 minutes I reach the titanium mug and water….
The shaded streets of Binaraix are a blessing.
Steal a lemon from a tree; reminds me of you.
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