Picos 2011 Day 6: Still missing
Morning came and still no sign. I took the names of the missing men and set off to Refugio Vegarredonda, my next stop. I was to ask if the men had been seen. The other three set off as a search party. Our paths coincided for the first part. The other three rapidly overtook me as they were only lightly burdened and I had my full pack. We entered a bowl of scree. They turned North east towards the expected descent route for the missing men. I headed North towards another horcado.
Slipping and scrambling upwards I eventually reached the pass. I’d heard Jesus shouting for his friends but never a response. Looking back to where I’d come from I saw three men leaving the area. Saddened I assumed no one had been found.
Moments later I saw another 2 figures. Reaching for my binoculars I saw 3 familiar people and 2 strangers. I had to assume it was the missing men. It was too early for anyone else to be in this part of the mountains. The five re-grouped at the opposite pass and headed out of sight.
What a relief.
My journey took me over another few passes, around a few ‘Hoyos’ -depressions/bowls in the limestone caused by weathering and finally down into easy country and to the Vegarredonda
The next day would be my last in the mountains so I ate very well at Vegarredonda to lighten my load for the final day. The hut was very pleasant with accommodation in the main building and in the smaller building where I stayed.
I spent the afternoon reading, enjoying the views and generally wandering about relaxing. Occasionally the warden would come out brandishing a large stick to ‘shoo’ the cows. They’d always come back though!