Monte Caterina

Jeannie Ashford led this walk, which was her first lead with the HVWG. A brave venture for a challenging, very uphill walk with no trails to follow. It was overland, over pure bondu, with only ascending summits to aim for. 21 Walkers of the HVWG set off on the final walk of October from Casas Galiana. Despite a dramatic drop in temperature and a fully clouded sky the previous evening the walkers enjoyed a beautiful blue sky with the odd scudding cloud and perfect walking temperatures – cooling breezes as we climbed higher. “Foot loose and fancy free” takes on a new meaning when you’re trying to avoid sprained or twisted ankles over this rough terrain. After skirting the quarry we continued upwards over several “false summits” until, at last, we reached the 697/729m (Depending on your map!) peak of El Engarvador, the hills to the immediate North of Hondón de Los Frailes, with wonderful views over the crags all the way to the coast and the shimmering sea. The sense of achievement made the effort all the more worthwhile and enjoying the dramatic “on top of the world” 360 degree mountain views was the absolute cream on the cake.

The descent was equally arduous but this time instead of rewarding views we looked forward to rewarding beers, G&Ts and for our walk leader INFUSIONS?

For those who stayed, the Casas Galiana restaurant provided a very acceptable and liquid “Menu Del Dia.

Write-up by Phil and Den

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