Fuerteventura, Dec 29 2016

Vigan, Caracol, Montana de la Tirba, Morro de la Cruzada

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Municipality Location
Vigan 464m 357m Fuerteventura GPX
Morro del Cencerro 287m 73m Fuerteventura
Caracol 467m 402m Fuerteventura GPX
Montana de Tirba 341m 185m Fuerteventura
Morro de la Cruzada 316m 207m Fuerteventura GPX

 

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Fuerteventura landscape

Vigan & Morro del Cencerro

It was our 3rd day on Fuerteventura, and Anne wanted to stay at the Las Playitas Fitness and Sports Resort to try some of the training programs they offer daily. She had been hiking with me for two days, but now her bad knee demanded some other form of training.

So I had the day all to myself, as well as the rental car. I started out in the near vicinity, aiming for Vigan – just a couple of minutes drive from Las Playitas – on the road to the lighthouse Faro de la Entallada.

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Vigan (2nd left) and Morro del Cencerro (right)

Plan A was just to get up as quickly as possible, and so I approached the mountain head on from the south/southwest. The terrain was a bit cumbersome (loose rock and scree), but I made good progress and topped out on the west top (El Roque) 30 minutes after heading out.

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Vigan (left) seen from El Roque

From El Roque, I followed the main ridge over to the high point (Vigan) and wondered what to do next. The ridge towards Morro del Cencerro looked interesting. On the other hand, I was eager to get moving and visit other peaks too.

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The ridge from Vigan to Morro del Cencerro

I ended up with following the ridge towards Morro del Cencerro and tried to follow the sharp part of the ridge as much as possible, without getting involved in serious scrambling. After an accident on Fenduca 2 days earlier, my left arm was in a really bad shape.

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Scrambling is generally not safe on this island. The rock is way too loose…

From Morro del Cencerro, I descended the west ridge and crossed the flats before I returned to the rental car, 5,9km and 1h:45m after heading out.

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Vigan seen from Morro del Cencerro

Pictures from the Vigan hike

Caracol

Caracol had caught my attention since we arrived at Las Playitas. For every top I saw on the island, I tried to memorize a route that would not run close to settlement – which most likely included goats – and more importantly – dogs. Loose dogs…

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Caracol

My “dog-free” route to Caracol would  go from the beach town Giniginamar. This seemed to be a sleepy “apartment town”. No goats or dogs for sure. I drove to the end of Av las Palmeras and went up west of the valley ahead – passing a large building.

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My Caracol trailhead

Once on the ridge, it was an easy walk up to the high point, which offered a fantastic view!

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View from Caracol

I followed the ridge back, but descended on the other side of the valley. There were lots of goats on the mountain, but no dogs. This 5,2km hike took me 1h:15m.

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Caracol seen from the ridge

Pictures from the Caracol hike

Montana de la Tirba

From Giniginamar, I followed FV-525 up to FV-2, went west and then north onto FV-511. As I approached the mountain, I looked for a route that was not too close to houses, but on the other hand, I wasn’t interested in an unnecessary long hike. I ended up in a small village west of the mountain, where I would have the easiest and shortest hike to the top.

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Montana de la Tirba ahead

I drove up to a house where I saw a man on the outside. After “hola“, I pointed at me and the mountain top and asked “Es esta propiedad privada?“. A very useful sentence, I learned some time ago. A “no, no” suggested that I was clear to go.

I had one more question – “perros aqui?“. I had heard dogs barking, so the question was not really necessary, but I wanted to know if they were loose. I got a really, really long sentence in return, and the only word I understood was “casa“. I know “casa” means house. Dog house? “Perros en la casa?” But based on his body language, I assumed he was trying to tell me that they would not be a problem.

I headed out and passed 3 dogs behind a fence, trying to eat their way through when I passed. I was now en route to the top, seemingly free of any risk other than the incredible cumbersome loose rock that would be a real challenge on the way down.

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Heading up Montana de la Tirba

I reached the top, looked around, took photos and headed back down. This 1,7km hike me 35 minutes.

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View from Montana de la Tirba

Pictures from the Montana de la Tirba hike

Morro de la Cruzada

I had now 3 pf100 (primary factor >= 100m) tops, and 9 in total since we arrived on Fuerteventura. That’s my kind of vacation. That said, I was getting slightly bored now, but decided to go for one more top, making the total 10 – a nice and round number.

I decided to visit Morro de la Cruzada, which I had been observing from all possible angles the last 3 days.

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Morro de la Cruzada

I parked the car just southwest of the FV-56/FV-617 junction and headed out. I bypassed the closest ridge on the north side and headed for the pass between the ridge and Morro de la Cruzada. It was an easy hike, now that I had grown accustomed to off-trail hiking on this type of terrain.

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Towards Morro de Cruzada

The summit didn’t offer me any other views than Caracol did, other than the view towards Caracol. After some pictures, I headed back down, but went across the ridge I bypassed on the way up. I reached the car 3,2km and 45 minutes after leaving it.

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Summit view from Morro de la Cruzada

I was quite pleased with the effort of the day. The total vertical gain was 1460m and I had done 16km of off-trail hiking. Clearly enough to enjoy a nice shower, a nice dinner with my girlfriend and a beer (or two) in the evening – with a very good conscience.

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Returning to our hotel in Las Playitas

Pictures from the Morro de la Cruzada hike

 

 

 

 

 

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