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 Peña Vieja...
Cantabria - 1 Stages - 12Km. - 800Pos/800Neg - Medium - Round trip - . August 2012
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Peña Vieja

Peña Vieja is located in the Central Massif of the Picos de Europa or solid Urrieles, Cantabria . With an altitude of 2617 meters is the highest peak íntregramente located within the territory of Cantabria. Traditionally it has been thought that it was the highest peak in Cantabria, but actually the honor belongs to White Tower .

The first known ascent of Count Saint Saud, accompanied by Cosme Soberón and Jerome Prieto on 9 July 189. Going up the hill in the Canalona is possibly due 2600 m. easier to conquer the Picos de Europa.

Picos de Europa is a limestone formation extends Asturias, Cantabria and Leon, and it highlights their heights, often above 2,500 meters, how close are the Cantabrian Sea, as its northernmost point in barely 15 kilometers from the sea distance themselves.

Geographicalcally Picos de Europa are in the line of the Cantabrian Mountains, although they are considered a separate unit of the latter for his recent training. They occupy a total area of ??64,660 hectares in the three provinces.

The Picos de Europa are divided into three massifs: the western mountains or Cornión, Massif Central or Urrieles, and the Eastern Massif or Andara. The highest peaks are found in the mountains of Urrieles, which happens to be the most rugged of the three, for fourteen of its peaks exceed 2,600 m altitude, with Cerredo Tower, 2,650 m, and roof of the mountains and third highest in the Iberian Peninsula after Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees. Another mountain is part of this massif is the Naranjo de Bulnes or Picu Urriellu of great historical importance in the Spanish mountaineering. It was first conquered in 1905 by Pedro Pidal, Marquis of Villaviciosa.

The massive OW est or Cornión, named for the shape of horn featuring his silhouette being sighted from the west, stands the Holy Rock, which at 2596 meters above sea level exceeds 110 to the next summit of the mountain, the tower of St. Mary or Torre Santa Enol. For these two mountains, the Holy and the Holy Rock Tower, this mountain is also known as the Holy Rocks.

The Eastern Massif, also called Andara to be in it the circus of the same name, is the most modest of the three, both in height (the roof, Lechugales Morra, reaching 2,444 m above sea level) and verticalities


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Cantabria 1 12 Km. 800 m. 800 m. Media Recorrido de Ida y Vuelta

Peña Vieja | Entre Montañas

1. Peña Vieja


Distance: 12 Km.Up/Downhill 800 m. - Up/Downhill 800 m.Time: 06:00 h.
Peña Vieja

The route starts at the Fuente Dé cable car, village in the municipality of Camalenyo . Its glacial cirque, beech and village where the river begins Deva is a geomorphological point of interest.

This place has a cable car that saves a difference of 753 m. cable with a length of 1,640 m. The upper cable station called The Cable, there exists a viewpoint over the valley. The trip is made in just over 3 minutes. On Cable are in a stunning lookout over Liebana and Coriscao Peak area to the south.

We left the lookout for a wide road and a slight slope, whereby immediately reached a plateau and we end in a path suitable for 4x4 shortly after 90 turns right and after a few hundred meters reaches colladito separates us Duje river valley, the trail crosses this hill 4x4 and begins a slight descent to the Refugio de Aliva and people Espinlove.

Our path turns 90 degrees to the left and lost no chance of going along the base of the immense walls forming the buttresses of Peña Vieja. At the height of the Vueltona, opens a path to the left that bordering a cave in it and wet season can come to find water. Our journey continues to the right starting a steep slope with abundant zigzags without leaving the base of the walls that bind Peña Vieja Tower Horcados Red .

After a stretch zig-zag, and just when we stand beneath a dramatic rocky roller known as Steeple Bustamante, the trail offers a new right turn (1h.05 ') to move towards our goal ( indicated on a rock). The trail continues to climb (E) at the foot of the Needle hill road The Canalona, ??which you access via a steep channel and awkward for loose stones but harder to save the gradient (1h.35 ').

Access to the wicket, which runs under another large needle with the same name as the step brings us to the other side of the mountain. The views offered on the eastern massif of Picos de Europa are a good taste of what awaits us at the summit of Peña Vieja. To the right (SE), outstanding, end cone stands our goal.

His appearance in the distance makes it scary, but neither contains any technical difficulty. Only the final, a quarry in this tempestuous sea of ??rocks that are the Picos de Europa, the ascension bother us in the final meters. While the many trails that wind up to the summit will facilitate this arduous task.

Once crowned the roof of Cantabria (2h.10 ') surprising, given the importance of the dimension, the absence in the rugged top of a mailbox or something to show us where we remember. The views are outstanding for the three massifs of the Picos de Europa, especially principales central peaks, Pico Urriellu Cerredo, Llambrión, Torre Blanca, Treasurer or Remoña.

The return along the same path.

         Stage profile: Peña Vieja
Stage profile: Peña Vieja

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