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Lagunas del Trampal

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Jose g wrote a review Aug 2016
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain61 contributions96 helpful votes
Marverlus medium mountain route. Medium difficulty. You will absolute enjoy with the different views and the changes of the climate during the journay. You can choose different options considering your strengths, training, experience of the group and of course the weather forecast for the chosen day. In the web you can find a circular route. Surrounding Candelario, Calviterio, La ceja (the eyebrow) and Hoyamoros glacial circus. But we chose (27 August 2016) a more challenging path and not circular to expend a whole sunny day at the end of August. June or September could be also nice moments. But take care with storms and the changes of the climate. The high is up to 1,840 m. to 2,300 m. approximately. In winter this adventure will need a prepared team and mountain equipment. But in summer time could be achieved by most of the ages. In summer and considering a sunny day and 18,5 kmt of route. is recommendable a trekking t shirt. A tecnic long sleeve tee (light crossover T shirt) in your bag, just in case the climate changes suddenly (most of the cases you will keep in the bag till the end back home, but mountain needs cautions and be prudent…). A camel bag with 2,5 litres of water or sport drink (water should be enough). There are different natural water sources, but take a bit of care if you often have intestinal issues... Our recommendation is to have enough watering in your camel bag from the beginning. 1/3 of ice and 2/3 of water will keep it colder most of the journey. Sandwiches, chocolate, nuts and fruit will help you to enjoy the day with your friends in the different stops to relax and take the necessary photos and shelfies. Boots, trekking or old good running shoes is up to you. Personally I will always prefer old running shoes (of course in summer) with short trousers. Special recommendations: straw hat, factor over 30 sun cream, utility knife, foot bandage (if you feel extra hot of even rush feeling in your feet, use it to prevent blistering…), plasters and ibuprofen, additional battery for your smartphone, walking sticks and finally long trousers that could be shortened (zip fastener). In the third part of the trekking you will path more comfortable with the long version, avoiding continuous scratches in your legs by the surrounding thorny bushes Although this is not part of the mountain dress or equipment, you will need 2 cars. The first will be parked at “La Dehesa de Candelario”. Because this will be the arriving point in the afternoon. Note that probably in the afternoon you will arrive thirsty, then is most of useful to cold many bottles of sport drink, cokes or beers inside your portable cooler in the boot. After leaving this car, all of us went in the other car at the second platform of Candelario. After that if you read any literature about this route and the area (Calvitero Highest point of Salamanca, La Ceja (Avila), El Torreón, Hoyamoros, etc) probably you are plenty of issues to enjoy a wonderful day with your team, friends or family. Please be patient with the path. Sometimes is hard. And follow all the milestones across this mountain ride, otherwise you will lose the opportunity to achieve all the places and in better path conditions. This is not particular difficult but it requires a little of prudence. In case of doubt ask for confirmation to any other hikers. Besides is the best opportunity for chatting to other people for a while and have fun to other Spaniards or even foreigners. It’s 9 AM, time to start. If you follow the milestones, or have the map in your smartiph, web route page or similar tracking device, you will arrive at Calvitero in 1,5 hours (you can hike till the top or leave at your right). The same regarding La Ceja and Trampal’s lakes –below at your left-; and finally you can see the Torreon and the 2 Little Brothers. You are arriving at Hoyamoros circus. The central moraine is extremely beauty, the granite blocks are enormous (more than 15 meters high, many of them), perfectly cut and it seems that they were put yesterday, instead of million years ago, posed meticulously in the thinnest and greenest grass. Sometimes the erratic blocks seem troglodytic monuments erected by our ancestors You may enjoy shooting photos anywhere. There is also a mountain hut below a huge block. You can see many rock climbers, exercising among the interminable blocks or climbing at 2 Little brothers. Is time to have lunch and take a very little nap to follow the meanders of Man`s body river (Río cuerpo de hombre). Following the river course you can leave the central moraine. Later the lateral moraine and you will start the descending from Hoyamoros circus to Candelario. In this second part of the trip you will descend 3-4 platforms along incredible cliffs, following the course of the river and seeing many cows (relax and harmless, despite their horns). At the top of the second platform you can see below fossilized meanders. i.e. the river change the course of the water, giving up the old ones and creating new meanders and therefore creating an unusual an erratic river’s course. Really special and nice. In any of the little ponds of the river, among the stone floor rushed million years ago by the glaciers, you may have the opportunity to soak and cool your bare feet. Take also time to eat something and put sun cream in your neck, arms and legs. In the third part of the route you will progressively leave the course of Man’s Body river (at the left) and you will have to change the mountain to the right. Pay attention to the milestones to avoid needlessly lengthen the route. As you gain high you will see that the rock path changes to thorny bushes in both sides, so the way is almost 20 ctmts. in most of this area. Is the right moment to prolong the pants and dress your legs. Because of the hour and sun (4-6 pm) is an extra-dry moment. Pay attention of being well hydrated. At the end of this bushes way you will arrive to a forest track. Now you are close to the civilization. It’s a question of 1 and a quarter hour descending the track. Sometimes the “S” curves make you the idea to cross in right line, but don’t be neglect… You are arriving at the end. Do not jeopardize your ankles with a bad decision to shorten 8 minutes the trip. Finally you will pass a green fence and certain rural constructions at the left. Also at the left you will leave a little river dam. 15 minutes later you will see your first car. You probably are excited with your capacity and resilience for this mountain trek and probably thirsty. You will thank now my recommendation to keep quite cold many bottles of sport drink, cokes or beers in your portable cooler in the boot…. Anyway the trek is over. Congrats!!! Finally and after recovering the other car you can enjoy in Candelario to a relaxing and pleasuring walk, along its alleys surrounded by the mountain water. Finding special quaint corners, shooting to particular locals and knowing a little more about the cultural heritage of the village. It is recommendable of course buying anything of their craft shops and have dinner in any of the various restaurants. It is an obligation to enjoy the touristic trip and also help the locals to keep this place ready for excursionist like our case. Sustainable economy, as it is commonly said… We enjoyed so much and we will predict you will have the same if you find enough decision to take up the challenge. Come on Trampaler !!!!! Are you ready?
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Date of experience: August 2016
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