Vertical Cabanera – Spain
Distance: 5.2 km
Vertical climb: 1,463m
Highest point: 2,883m
Race records: Jan Margarit 58’50” (2017). Laura Orgué 1h11’57” (2017)
The Vertical Cabanera, refers to a track used by cattle to access the higher mountains for the best pastures. Nestled in Vall Fosca, a valley in the Pyrenees, it is dominated by the Montsent de Pallars mountain at 2,883m altitude. Vall Fosca is part of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, the only one in Catalonia.
The race starts in the small village of Capdella, at 1,420m and follows a track leading to a footbridge where the real climb starts through fields up to a shepherd’s hut at 2,150m altitude.
The course follows a ridge to finish after 5.2 km km and 1,463m vertical climb. Here, runners are greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters. They can access the shepherd’s hut at 2,150m, with off-road vehicles or on foot after taking the cable car.