Monday, 12 November 2012

Mallorca, Alfabia Ridge – 02 November

With another day of sunshine forecast the hills beckoned but unusually we have a time constraint in addition to the hours of daylight. For almost a year and half we have been posting photos to a daily journal on Blipfoto and amongst the journals we follow, from around the world, is one created by a photographer in Soller and we have arranged to meet her for coffee late in the afternoon.

The Alfabia Ridge wasn’t on our original itinerary and we were on part of it yesterday but the route does start and finish in Soller and the views are magnificent. While it might require more time than we have and although we have done it before we have always struggled to find part of the ascent route. At worst we should be able to reach the main summit and retrace our steps if we run out of time.

20121102-ma_12_I-1032Early morning light on the Port

20121102-ma_12_I-1035Puig Major across the valley

20121102-ma_12_I-1039Carved and painted stone on the ascent route

20121102-ma_12_I-1043-EditSa Serra farmhouse high above Soller

20121102-ma_12_I-1047-EditSoller beyond the drifting clouds

20121102-ma_12_I-1048-EditLooking towards Puig L’Ofre and Puig Major (obscured by clouds)

20121102-ma_12_I-1049Alfabia summit – photographing each other

We made reasonable time to the summit having found the correct route, for the first time, and decided we had enough time as long as we could keep up with the guide book times. These turned out to be very generous because the ground is rough and the route poorly marked in places until the top of the Barranc. From there we could have run down but that wasn’t necessary and after another fantastic day in the hills reached Soller in time to meet Sollergirl and her boys.

20121102-ma_12_I-1059Low clouds swirled around the ridge as we continued to the Barranc

20121102-ma_12_I-1070Puig L’Ofre

20121102-ma_12_I-1072Soller from the top of the Barranc

20121102-ma_12_I-1088-EditStreet lamp in Soller

2 comments:

  1. More great shots Ian, makes me want to get back into the mountains again - and possibly buy a new camera!

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  2. Thanks - these are wonderful mountains, we can thoroughly recommend them. :-)

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