Friend of Esther Dingley says the mountain pass where bones were found was ‘within her means’

The friend of the missing British hiker Esther Dingley said the mountain pass where bones were found was an “easy” route that was “well within her means” as her family asked for “urgent” answers after the discovery.

Dan Colegate said Puerto de la Glera, Port de la Glere in French, was part of the route he had expected her to take and emphasized it would have been “well within her means” in a dossier he submitted in January. released through supporting charity LBT Global.

He wrote in the 23-page dossier, referring to key locations in France by their French names, about Esther’s plans to do a circular walk between Spain and France, during which he would sleep in a mountain hut.

Meanwhile, Esther’s family said in a statement they are “urgently seeking clarification” after bones were found on Friday believed to belong to people near where the hiker was last seen.

Dan said in his file: ‘A person who met Esther on November 19th came forward to say that he specifically suggested this route through France, between Port de Venasque and Port de la Glere, to Esther when he met her.

“There’s no reason to believe Esther didn’t stick to this plan.”

In a section titled “Esther’s Planned Onward Route,” he suggested she reach the mountain refuge in France and spend the night there before continuing on a hike to return to her original starting point in Spain.

The friend of the missing British hiker Esther Dingley said the mountain pass where bones were found was an “easy” route that was “well within her means”.

He said: ‘Her further route would have involved a descent north towards the Hospice de France, a flat traverse west around the Imperatrice Way, and a climb south to the border at Port de la Glere.

‘From the border, the route descends back towards Hospital de Benasque.

“This route would have been well within Esther’s capabilities for a day hike, in addition to having a tent, camping equipment and a lot of experience using them.

‘Distance was 16 km with 1100 altimeters, five to seven hours of walking time.

“The weather remained excellent that Monday.

The route is very clear on the ground and also from the terrain from Refuge de Venasque.

British hiker Esther Dingley (pictured with her boyfriend Daniel Colegate) missing November 22nd

British hiker Esther Dingley (pictured with her boyfriend Daniel Colegate) missing November 22nd

A mountain runner raised the alarm around 2 p.m. Friday after discovering what he believes could be the remains of a body near where missing hiker Esther Dingley went missing late last year.

A mountain runner raised the alarm around 2 p.m. Friday after discovering what he believes could be the remains of a body near where missing hiker Esther Dingley went missing late last year.

‘In principle you can’t get lost here in good visibility.

‘The whole route is a well laid out and easy to follow path.

“Although Esther believed and warned family that there was a bad signal in the area, the signal on the French side is in fact very good.

“Within half an hour of leaving the refuge, Esther should have been able to use her phone most of the day.”

A mountain runner alerted Spanish police around 2 p.m. yesterday after discovering bones at the pass. Esther, 37, told her partner she would be returning to her motorhome after briefly crossing France eight months ago during their last conversation.

Civil Guard officers went to the scene but alerted their French colleagues after confirming it was on the other side of the border.

According to an unconfirmed local report, the unnamed runner had come across a human skull.

Specialized agents from Spain and France conducted several searches in the area around the Puerto de la Glera hiking trail, where Esther had been hiking before she went missing.

Specialized agents from Spain and France conducted several searches in the area around the Puerto de la Glera hiking trail, where Esther had been hiking before she went missing.

A Spanish radio station covering the province of Huesca, including the town of Benasque, where Esther started the walk on which she disappeared, said: “Sources close to the investigation have indicated that the skull could match Esther Dingley’s because of its coloration.” and length of the skull. her.’

French and Spanish police have both confirmed bones have been found, but have not commented on more details.

Civil Guard sources yesterday said officers were “90 percent certain” that the remains were human remains, but insisted they analyze them for confirmation and that more clues were now a French task.

LBT Global, the charity supporting Esther’s family, said in its first overnight written statement: “LBT Global is aware of the discovery of possible human remains near Esther Dingley’s last known location.

Esther's partner claimed in a recent BBC interview that he 'could no longer agree' with the idea that she had been in an accident

Esther’s partner claimed in a recent BBC interview that he ‘could no longer agree’ with the idea that she had been in an accident

Esther Dingley's missing campervan was parked in Benasque.  Witness Lucie was walking her dog Tipo when, on December 2, she saw the camper with the light on and someone in it

Esther Dingley’s missing campervan was parked in Benasque. Witness Lucie was walking her dog Tipo when, on December 2, she saw the camper with the light on and someone in it

“We are urgently looking for clarification. The family has been made aware of the discovery and we are now supporting them.

“Until something is confirmed, there will be no statements or interviews with family members.

“Keep in mind that this could take days or even weeks.”

Puerto de la Glera is close to the 8,796-foot Pico Salvaguardia summit, where Oxford graduate Esther last made contact with Dan on November 22 last year around 4pm.

Specialized agents from Spain and France conducted several searches in the area.

On July 1, a coordinated air and land search was conducted by police mountain rescue experts from both countries.

Civil Guard Sergeant Jorge Lopez Ramos, whose elite search and rescue team in the mountains of the Greim led an eight-day search for Esther on the Spanish side of the border before it was halted last December due to bad weather, confirmed late last year that Puerto de la Glera was on the route, Esther told her friend she planned to take it before she disappeared.

Referring to the mountain pass by its Spanish name, he said at the time: “Esther told her partner she planned to spend the night at a nearby refuge on the French side of the border called Venasque before making a long semicircle to re-enter Spain through a mountain pass called Puerto de la Glera and return to Llanos del Hospital.

“It would have been a long day’s walk or she could have stayed overnight and be ready the next day.

British walker Esther Dingley was seen in the Eroski supermarket in Benasque, Spain, on Nov. 19, days before her sudden disappearance

British walker Esther Dingley was seen in the Eroski supermarket in Benasque, Spain, on Nov. 19, days before her sudden disappearance

“We don’t know if she reached Venasque that night. It is currently closed and only an emergency section of it is open for people to sleep in and consume whatever food they have with them.”

French police chief Jean Marc Bordinaro said yesterday: “We cannot say anything at the moment because the discovery of the bones is too recent and they need to be properly analysed.

“We won’t have any results for a few days and possibly weeks.”

A prosecutor in Saint-Gaudens is expected to make an official statement if there are any changes to the current situation.

The Spanish Guardia Civil said the discovery was a matter for French police, as the bones had been found on their side of the border.

Esther’s partner of 20 years claimed in a recent BBC interview that he ‘could no longer agree’ with the idea that she had been in an accident.

He said: “The search has been so long and so intense that as far as I’m concerned the chance of an accident is now less than the chance of a criminal offense.”

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