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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 14, 2013 - 09:08am PT
Wow. If I ever get back to the sub continent Spain is at the top of the list.

DMT
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 14, 2013 - 09:09am PT
Such a beautifull country and about the only one in Western Europe i haven't been to....need to change that!
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 14, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
Jim, you got a good enough vowel to consonant ratio in your last name I'm sure they'd accept you as a long lost brother..

Cavall Bernat rap anchor...
Cavall Bernat rap anchor...
Credit: Brian in SLC

Ahh...the food and drink...yeah...

ddriver...bring that La Pedriza guidebook along with...(I'll try to round up my French guidebooks that are out on loan)...
carlos gallego

Ice climber
Spain
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 14, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Thanks, Kennyt, Munge, Dingus, Brian... you will be welcome.

Donini... ¿never in Spain?... mmm... you must try.

ddriver... some photos near Granada...

"Los Cahorros"... 120m. mainly bolted climbs...

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

"Los Vados"... up to 300m. ... bolted and traditional climbs...

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Sierra Nevada... "Pico Veleta"... north face... up to 250m. ... summer or better in winter... mixed terrain... hard climbs.

Credit: carlos gallego

Sierra Nevada... "Pico Alcazaba" and "Pico Mulhacén"... north faces... traditional climbs up to 800m. Mainly in winter.

Credit: carlos gallego
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 14, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
Great info, Carlos!

That Sierra de Gredos/Galayos area looks neat.

Say...if a person only has a few days on a trip to Madrid, say, in mid May, how 'bout a hit list in case the weather isn't too rainy. 6a (obl) and under, ahem, for me.

La Pedriza, La Cabrera, and the Galayos.

Where would/could/should one base out of (with rental car) nearby? Manzanares el Real, La Cabrera, Cercedilla (climbing area within walking distance from town?) or?? Wouldn't need to camp if inexpensive lodging is available...

I have a Madrid guidebook and have peeked on line a bit, but, info on easy to moderate classics is kinda hard to come by.

Any info appreciated!!
ddriver

Trad climber
SLC, UT
Mar 14, 2013 - 01:08pm PT

I want some of these little guys:

http://www.supertopo.com/photos/17/27/294188_23073_XL.jpg

carlos gallego

Ice climber
Spain
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 15, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
... this is for ddriver...

Credit: carlos gallego

... and now I go with Brian...

1) La Cabrera and Pedriza are about 50/60km from Madrid... Galayos is about 150km.

2) If you hire a car in a, for example 8/10 days, you can climb without problems in a round trip. I suggest first La Cabrera (village is La Cabrera), then La Pedriza (village is Manzanares el Real) and last Galayos (village is Guisando), unless you decide other thing (no problem).

3)La Cabrera and Galayos are "usual granite"... cracks, etc. but Pedriza needs "special feeling"... it is friction and, except for modern bolted routes... you will find long runouts (obl) for example in "El Yelmo".

4)There are campings in these three places... and you can bivouac without problem in the mountain (NO TENT ALLOWED). You have a hut in Pedriza (Giner de los Ríos) and Galayos (Victory)... both in front of walls.

5)Recommended routes in La Cabrera... are in Pico de la Miel (main wall)... named "Diedro Loquillo" 6A+... "Espolón Manolín" V+... and in Aguja sin nombre "Diedro Deportiva" 6A... you can find info in this link:

http://escaladorescabrera.blogspot.com.es/p/croquis.html

6)Recomended routes in La Pedriza... in El Pájaro "Este" 6A... in El Pájaro "Sur" 6A/A1 or 6C... in El Pájaro "Oeste" 6A/A0 or 6C. In El Yelmo "Sirocco" 6A/A0 or 7A... in El Yelmo "Guirles/Campos" 6B... in El Yelmo "Esteban Altieri" V+. In El Hueso "Fulgencio" 6A.
These should be the more classic peaks and climbs... but you have more than 3000 lines.
From the parking in Canto Cochino or El Tranco... you have about 1 hour to the Giner de los Rios hut... best place to get El Pajaro and El Hueso. You can reach El Yelmo from El Tranco or Canto Cochino (about 1 1/2h. walking).
A link where you can find and discharge more lines here (look for "croquis"):

http://www.viaclasica.com/

Map of Pedriza area...

Credit: carlos gallego

Some routes:

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego


7) Recomended routes in Galayos... in Torreón "Underground/Malagón" V+... in Torreón "Sur" V+... in Punta Maria Luisa "Rivas/Acuña"... in Punta Maria Luisa "Diedro Ayuso/Espías" V+/A1 or 6B... in Aguja Negra "Oeste" V+... in Punta Diaz Rubio "Los Malditos" 6A.
Once in the Victory hut you have all climbs in front of you... but to get there from the parking you have 2 hours walking up to the hut.

some routes:

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Anyway the spanish climbers are very friendly... ask them for advice one in the place.

... uffff... to much work... I´m to have dinner...

Credit: carlos gallego






Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 15, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Ahh...fantastic information, thank you!!

A tip of the Orujo to you!
carlos gallego

Ice climber
Spain
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2013 - 02:09am PT
Thank you, Brian.

Pyrenees (Pirineos).
Pared de Cataluña... Pared de Aragón... Terradets... Roca Regina... four walls between 300/500m... lot of routes and very visited by climbers... magnific climbs...

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

Juank

Big Wall climber
Barcelona, Spain
May 13, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Next to El Caputxi, mentioned some posts before, you can find a route we open many many years ago, when we were young...we read the Meyers book of Yos and tried to emulate those fantastic climbers seen on pics...if you go to El Caputxi you can enjoy this climb as well as some other interesting lines in Agulles d'Amitges. Another interesting granit area not far from there is Cavallers

Enjoy it ¡¡

Credit: Juank
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jun 9, 2013 - 11:23am PT
If you haven't seen Carlos' blog for a while - take a look - there's a lot of good stuff...: http://montanayalpinismoclasico.blogspot.com.es/
carlos gallego

Ice climber
Spain
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
Thanks, Marlow.

Some more granit from Sistema Central... Sierra de Gredos... Galayos.

*"Gran Galayo"
Credit: carlos gallego

*"El Torreón"
Credit: carlos gallego

*"El Águila".
Credit: carlos gallego

*"Cresta de la Catedral".
Credit: carlos gallego

... best regards...

Sparky

Trad climber
vagabond movin on
Jul 27, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Best thread I've seen in awhile!!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 27, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Carlos - I WILL come to Spain!

Don't let go of that determination.

I've been to Spain several times, and would cheerfully move there tomorrow if I could. I've only climbed in Spain once, but it was wonderful. We spent most of a week at El Chorro. I'm told there are better places to climb in Spain, but it's hard to imagine.

Carlos can give us his opinion, but I loved the place. Couple of photos to provide a taste of what it's like.

El Chorro Gorge. Camino del Rey, left end.
El Chorro Gorge. Camino del Rey, left end.
Credit: Ghost

Amptrax &#40;about 10b&#41; pitch 4
Amptrax (about 10b) pitch 4
Credit: Ghost

Edit to add one more picture. Everyone knows the expression "the edge of town," but in Spain, it is somewhat more serious, as this shot of the western edge of the town of Ronda shows.

The edge of town. For real. Yes, there is a small city to the right.
The edge of town. For real. Yes, there is a small city to the right.
Credit: Ghost
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Jul 27, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
Carlos thanks for a great thread.

I'll be in Spain June 2014. Was going to head to France, guess I'll be staying in Spain.
carlos gallego

Ice climber
Spain
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2013 - 03:20am PT
Thanks guys... as I told before, Spain is perfect for rock climbing... granit, limestones, etc.... and the weather is stable.
"El Chorro" is well known for foreign climbers... it is a good place with nice aprox. (the "camino del Rey" has been repaired and maybe you can not climb in some areas above it)... but if you prefer classic climbs in mountain, from V+ to 7B... the choose will be impressive.

Some more about Sistema Central... Sierra de Gredos in different areas...

*"Almanzor"
Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

*"Torozo"
Credit: carlos gallego

Credit: carlos gallego

*"Galayos"... some view...
Credit: carlos gallego

... and in our first climbing times in Sierra de Gredos... 1973.. boys dreaming to be alpinist...

Credit: carlos gallego

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 25, 2013 - 10:51am PT
Por la Belleza...
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