Fuerteventura, Dec 31 2016

Montaña de Cardón, Minigolf and New Year’s Eve

Peaks visited:

Peak Height PF Municipality Location
Montana Cardon 694m 353m Fuerteventura GPX
Montana Redonda 443m 69m Fuerteventura
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Montaña de Cardón

On our 5th day on Fuerteventua, and on the last day of 2016, I was all set for Montaña de Cardón – a peak I had been looking at every single day since Anne and I arrived at the Las Playitas Fitness and Sports Resort.

I had not seen any easy route to the top, and to me, that was intriguing. I resisted the temptation to search for information. I wanted to find my own way up.

Anne wanted to spend this day on the resort, and follow the training programs offered there. I left just after breakfast and decided to drive around the mountain before I made up my mind on the ascent route.

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Cardon seen from the east

The east side (above picture) didn’t look inviting. I knew that there was a certain chance for getting up from this side, but I wanted to see the mountain from the other side.

An ascent from the north (top picture) seemed out of the question. Then I would have to negotiate El Castillo along the way, and even if that top looked tempting, El Castillo was not my target for the day.

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El Castillo – the north peak

 

The west side was in the shade, and I didn’t see any good route up.

I then drove up to the highest point on the road on the south side of the mountain. I was seconds away from hiking from there, but I changed my mind in the very last minute and drove down to the valley between Cardon and Montana Areguia.

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Cardon seen from the trailhead

What worried me about an ascent from the south/southwest was a cliff on the ridge that could be somewhere between 5 and 10 meters high, and that I probably could not climb. My right arm is not really useable due to an inflammation, and I injured my left arm after a fall on Filo de Fenduca a few days earlier. So any form of scramble was out of the question. I would just have to rely on luck.

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The cliff, zoomed in

I decided to try my luck and followed a path up the valley for 0,5km and then went off trail, aiming directly for the cliff on the ridge. The terrain was a bit cumbersome, but I focused on nothing else than the ridge.

As I approached the cliff, I could see that I couldn’t get up without scrambling. I could possibly traverse below the ridge and hope that a solution presented itself. But first I would get on the ridge, just in case there was a passage on the back side.

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Hmm… quite a puzzle…

And lo and behold – there was indeed a passage on the back side. I was filled with joy and relief. The summit was still about 1km away, but when the cliff didn’t turn out to be a problem, I couldn’t imagine that the ridge would be.

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The solution to the problem presents itself…

It was a beautiful ridge. Narrow in places, but nowhere close to difficult or challenging. It was simply a gorgeous walk.

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The ridge towards Cardon

I reached the top of Cardon 55 minutes after leaving the trailhead (approx. 180m). The distance to the top was approx. 3,5km.

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A small celebration on top of Cardon

What a great end to a great year of hiking! I wished that Anne would have been up here with me, but I also knew that this terrain would not be good for her bad knee.

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Cardon summit view

Nothing else I could do in the mountains for the rest of the day would top this, so I decided to return to the hotel and invite Anne for a round of mini golf.

I took the same route back down and returned to the car 1h:50m after leaving it.

 

Mirador Sisacumbre & Montana Redonda

On the way back to Las Playitas, I stopped by the viewpoint Mirador Sisacumbre, only to confirm my suspicions; Montana Sisacumbre is located on military land, and there is no access.

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Cardon seen from Mirador Sisacumbre

Along the road, I parked the car and hiked Montana Redonda to get some final pictures of Cardon and Montana de Melindraga – a peak that I will visit if I ever make it back to Fuerteventura.

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Cardon (left) and Melindraga, seen from Montana de Redonda

Pictures from the Cardon hike

Minigolf

Back at Las Playitas, Anne was happy that I had traded bagging more tops to play minigolf with her. I had never played the game before, but I imagined it would be fun. I used to shoot pool (eight ball) – a lot! And I imagined that it would feel familiar.

And it did! I enjoyed it so much that I got Anne to join me for a second round. I even did a hole-in-one (below picture)! But then we changed the rules so the ball would have to go through the … “metal obstacle”.

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I did hole-in-one here, but …

Pictures from the minigolf

At the beach

Later in the afternoon, we went down to the beach for a swim. There were some good waves hitting the beach, and I decided to put my GoPro (Hero 4) on my head and crash into one of them. The water temperature was surprisingly pleasant. I would guess 20 deg. C!

I found my wave and crashed into it. Afterwards, I immediately felt that something was not right. My head felt lighter. The GoPro is now somewhere out in the Atlantic Ocean…

At first, I was really pissed off about it. Then I realized that this would be a good opportunity to get a Hero 5…

New Years Eve

The hotel has 3 restaurants – one serving buffets (and À la carte too), an Italian and one Spanish. We booked a table at the Italian restaurant for 7:30pm.

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Anne and me, outside the hotel

After a nice dinner, we killed time at the hotel room, before walking down to the beach a little while before midnight. The main restaurant was full of people having paid around 70 Euros for the New Year’s dinner. And for some entertainment afterwards, I presume.

We stopped by a bonfire before walking down to the beach. We were all alone down there, and waited for the fireworks. We could hear people by the restaurant count down. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0 and lots of celebration. But no fireworks.

I looked at my phone. It read 23:59. And at 00:00 sharp, the fireworks started.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Pictures from New Year’s Eve

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