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    Posted: 18 May 2020 at 12:19
In May 2018 we visited my wife’s sister who lives near Málaga. One day the three of us made a trip to and through El Caminito del Rey (the little path of the King). The original path was built there in the very early 1900’s to connect two water powerplants and build a railroad. The first and last part of the trail is basically built like a balcony on very steep cliff edges in a narrow gorge, currently about 100 meter above the water level. This was so when originally built and rebuilt for general public access in 2014/2015 but this time with better railings and protection for visitors. Especially in the late 20th century and early 21st century the original path had deteriorated so much that many fatal accidents happened to people who dared to go the original way. More about this can be read in this Wikipedia article. So far I’ve never taken the time to process the photo’s and I’ve now finally decided to take you along this impressive walk which starts at a lake called Embalse de Gaitanejo along the Rio Gualdahorce to another lake called Embalse Tajo de la Encantada. Total lenth is about 7 km and runs roughly north-west to south-east.

To get to the start of the guided walk you have to walk from the parking lot along the road and then enter a tunnel “Tunel Largo” which contrary to it’s name is not large, it’s mainly long, dark and low. There were parts where I couldn’t walk straight up

1: But there’s light at the end of the tunnel


Once you’re out of this tunnel you get this view of the lake and the inlet dam of the river (where the first hydro powerplant is located):

2: Embalse de Gaitanejo


After that is a second tunnel, which is much shorter and higher

3: Tunel de los Tafonis


4: Impressive erosion patterns on the rocks on the other side of the lake


5: Utility building of the first powerplant, this is where the guided tour starts


6: A closer view on the inlet dam to the river


7: Cliff dwellings (actually the houses of the people who built and operated the powerplants and built the path and railroad


8: A small piece of the original “balcony path” in the first part of the gorge, as can be seen clearly not safe for the “general public”


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TBC, TFL, comments and improvement suggestions more than welcome.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2020 at 19:36
I like the set Pieter, It's a walk I could and probably would have done if I would be in that area. All well and and carefully composed, with the last one as my favourite. Not much to improve in my view. Cloning out the wires in #4 would be too much work for me . My only small remark is the about the colours in #2, which are a bot different, and slightly magenta on my screen?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2020 at 06:00
Agree with Fred here. I do see a very slight cast in #2, but it didn't bother me. It looks like you increased exposure of shadows a bit. Good you didn't try the balcony in #8. TFS Pieter .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2020 at 10:15
Well composed images that are very ilustative of the area. Very nicely done Pieter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2020 at 10:27
Thanks for the comments guys. Fred, well spotted on the magenta in #2, probably the AWB was thrown off by all the green trees and greenish water and it was at +27 in Lightroom. Dropping it 15 points to 12 gives a much nicer result:

2-bis, Embalse de Gaitanejo


And Michele, the old balconies and path were definitely not safe. Here's how the new ones looked at the start of the guided tour through the first narrow gorge

9: Safety first, sturdy fences and everybody had to wear a hardhat



10: A smaller dam along the river, you can still see some of the old stairs and path which are off limits now.



11: About 100 meter above the Rio Gualdahorce, in the old days the water level was about 50 to 75 meter higher.



12: Part of the old path/stairs in the most narrow stretch of the gorge



13: An old sluice and dam to control the waterflow, but at the current levels no longer in use



14: Looking back into the gorge



15: Impressive rock formations


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2020 at 19:52
2-bis looks better indeed Pieter.
Another good set of a scenery that I like a lot.
# 12, 14 and 15 are my picks from these. Keep them coming please!
 



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Pieter,
A very welcome virtual expedition during these locked down times. Thanks for taking us along in our armchairs.
Some fine images indeed.
The Wikipedia entry is scary reading what with the dangerous dilapidation of the original path and the people who died quite recently trying to brave it.
For me #12 is the pick.
Good that it's been made safe to be opened up again. Looking forward to the continuation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2020 at 07:03
#12 for me too
But it's a very nice set overall.
It seems a good place for a walk.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2020 at 08:26
This is especially interesting for me, since we cycled past a few years ago and saw part of the old camino from the road. We'd heard that it's now possible to walk part of the route in safety and resolved to return one day, so I look forward to seeing the rest of our images.

This YouTube clip shows the decayed old route.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2020 at 10:03
Thanks gentlemen, and especially Alan for the youtube video. Indeed a scary experience and I can imagine you need to be skilled and lucky to make the whole route alive. If it were still like that we would not have made the walk

16: The railway line (which is still in use today) at the other side of the river



17: Looking back at the walkway and the railway



18: There's actually very few bridges across the river, but here's one



19: The bridge is not for general public access, but the guide told us that a local person crosses the bridge quite frequently with his herd of sheep



20: The other side of the bridge, with some old steps leading down to the river



21: After the first gorge you get to a wider valley



22: With some impressive mountainscapes (and a railway bridge)



23: And rock formations



24: And at the end of the valley you can see the second narrow gorge through which the path leads


To be continued further, but I need to select and PP some more shots to do so.
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The nice thing of this series is, is that the later you post, the better the images get. TFS Pieter .
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Thanks Michel

25: In the valley there used to be a small farm where a family lived, but they finally left somewhere in the 1990's and since then the house is slowly taken over by the elements



26: Part of the installation was also to transport potable water from one side of the mountain to the other, here we're walking along the canal that transported this water through the valley



27: Closer to the gorge at the end there's an impressive mountain that has a few holes in it, these were partly created by crashing unmanned aircraft on it as part of a movie set



28: Looking back at the farmhouse



29: And through the whole valley



30: Some people take the "unguided" walk along the railway line



31: The story of this railway is and endless succession of tunnels and bridges



32: The new balcony above the old one



33: This bypass in the old balcony features in many of the youtube movies taken by the daredevils passing through the gorge before the restauration


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 14:10
The next photo deserves a post of its own. It's a placque to commemorate three young man who died near this spot on August 11, 2000. The guide told us the sad story how it happened and it could have easily been avoided if they had taken the normal safety precautions. Four friends decided to go rock climbing and hiking for the weekend along the old path so they left by car after work friday afternoon and drove to El Chorro, the south-eastern end to El Camenito de Rey. They wanted to camp the first night near the river so after climbing into the gorge there they had to climb down again along a steel cable that had a warning sign attached saying the spikes in the rock were deteriorated and it was only safe to be used by one man at the time. Since darkness was approaching quickly they decided to disregard the advice and started their decent with three together. The fourth friend tried to stop them and take their time but they wouldn't listen. As could be expected the cable came loose and the three fell to their death below. Very sad indeed, but as mentioned certainly prevetable.

34: Pocholo, Moro and Loco, their last descend in august 2000
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Amazing there was a house this remote. Wonder how they did their groceries... Fun series, love the stories with it   .
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