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Rafa BartolomeSecond time in summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015

Rafa Bartolome

It was an spectacular day climbing Ameal de Pablo, La Galana and Almanzor in more than 12h from Plataforma de Gredos.
Posted Jun 22, 2015 1:55 pm

CissaBeautiful views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2014


Climbed a mix of routes, beginning with the classic north, and then moving to a dihedral on rock on the east.
Posted Jan 4, 2015 11:07 am

ianamclennanAlmanzor in June  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012


We began our day at 5:30am in Madrid. The drive to the platforma de gredos was a little over two hour and we were on the move by 8:00am. The trek to refugio Elola took two hours and on the way we spotted many Gredos Ibex. After a short break at the refugio and some breakfast we started up to the summit. 2 more hours up portilla del crampon and up some hairy exposed scrambling and we were on the summit. The summit was so small that we couldn't spend more than a couple minutes there. Two more hours down, short break at the refugio back to the platforma and back to Madrid in time for tapas. It was a long but beautiful day.
Posted Jun 16, 2012 4:42 pm

Rafa BartolomeAlmanzor and La Galana  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2011

Rafa Bartolome

It was a very nice day in Gredos with some cold winds in the summits. We climbed Almanzor across Portillo del Crampon continuing to Portilla de los Cobardes, crossing under Cuchillar de Ballesteros to col of Venteadero. We climbed La Galana, one of the most beautiful peaks of Gredos across some rock-climbs of II. We took the descent from col of Venteadero to the base of Ameal de Pablo turning to right to get the channel of Geografos to descent to Laguna Grande returning to Plataforma de Gredos after 10h.
Posted Oct 9, 2011 1:01 pm

PereRamonRoute climbed: Portilla del Crampon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009


A nice peak. It was the first time I went in these ranges and enjoyed it. I started climing from Plataforma de Gredos. I'll return!
Posted Mar 23, 2010 7:25 pm

Tomek LodowyPortilla del Crampon after Ballesteros traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

Tomek Lodowy

I reached the summit of Almanzor yesterday around 1pm after some adventures while approaching the ridge by wrong way...I climbed one pass in Los Ballesteros area first and then I had to traverse rocky slopes(goats everywhere!) under Almanzor's north face towards the main couloir. Interesting, a bit demanding last meters below the summit, good conditions and impressive views. First time in mountains of Spain, so far so good!
Posted Sep 28, 2009 4:42 pm

RicardoEchanove1Route Climbed: From Navacepeda de Tormes along the  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008


It was very tired but beautiful go along the "Garganta de Gredos"

More that 2000 metres desnivel and 12hours 30min (all the excursion)
Goats in the summit.
The excursion which has left me the best souvenir so far.

Posted Aug 28, 2008 3:57 pm

Rafa BartolomeBeautiful Gredos
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2008

Rafa Bartolome

The cirque of Gredos had a lot of snow, with good conditions to the first meters of channel of 30º but very difficult in the last meters near of the summit. The snow in the area of portilla de crampon was very hard with ice in a exposed step-crossing (dangerous) and we didn't climb the summit for 50 meters. In the descent we climbed Morezon in the return to Plataforma de Gredos. We will return another day to climb the summit, probably without snow (we took a lot of weight in the haversack with helmet, two ice-axes, rope, harness,...) but the cirque was beautiful with brilliant white colors in our first visit to this wonderful place.
Posted May 2, 2008 4:18 pm

pabloRoute Climbed: Norte & final deviation Eastward  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2007


At 8am my friend Alvaro and I departed to climb the North Face of Almanzor. The first key corridor was with ice, we inserted some ice screws and proceeded to the final corridor. It's condition was bad so we traversed diagonally to the left to make final climbing through rock, making summit at 11h30am. Excellent climb and day, although a bit windy.
Posted Mar 15, 2007 8:12 am

Joker VkMityc mountain  Sucess!

Joker Vk

After four travels to this mountain I win its summit with my friends and our dogs, gone betrer than us.
Posted Jan 24, 2007 4:36 pm

John ClimberMisty Almanzor  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006

John Climber

Solo. Misty and windy ascend from Ref. Elola (7:45 a.m.) to the summit (9:20 a.m.) over the Normal route (Portilla del Crampón). The first one to summit that day. Snow conditions (from 2.200 mtrs aprox.)were good due to the lack of sunshine and the early hour of the climb. I was not needing crampons till 30 meters before the Portilla (saddle). The day was warm: 10 degrees celsius at 7:00 a.m. at the hut (1.950 m). The return went over the same route. The weather was not good enough to proceed to La Galana. The snow on descend was soft and hollow.

Climbed again the october, 5th, with a girlfriend. A lot of stones compared to the last time there. And many people on the summit. Clear weather!
Posted May 15, 2006 6:24 pm

pabloRoute Climbed: Portilla del Crampon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2005


I climb with my brother Gabi directly from Plataforma starting 6am, arriving to summit at 10h30 and going back to Plataforma at 13h30. We celebrate with our father "Suso", who is waiting in Hoyo del Espino a close nice town where we have some beers and a copious meal.
A beautiful day, a beautiful ascent, a perfect closure.
Posted Mar 10, 2006 2:46 pm

CaralynrRoute Climbed: Portilla del Crampon Date Climbed: 1 January 2006


Had to retreat 54m from summit due to worsening weather and strenghthening winds. Full report in "trip reports"
Posted Jan 11, 2006 12:21 pm

Jon CrucesRoute Climbed: Up - Portilla Bermeja, Down - Portilla Crampón Date Climbed: Oct. 13th 2005  Sucess!

Jon Cruces

Me and friend Mateo (we are both 4 years old) climbed to the top on a very nice day!!
Posted Oct 7, 2005 1:51 am

Diego SahagúnRoute Climbed: Portilla de los Cobardes Normal Date Climbed: 26 June 2005  Sucess!

Diego Sahagún

Nadie and me reached the summit of Almanzor on this nice route after having done a windy vivy near Charco de la Esmeralda. On the descent we returned to Plataforma de Gredos, where we had parked my car.
Posted Aug 21, 2005 9:09 pm

Thomas GurviezDate Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

Thomas Gurviez

La Galana (2564 m.) climbed on august 2002, very close to Almanzor but less crowded

Refreshing moutain day after the overheated Madrid and Segovia !
Posted Feb 7, 2005 3:55 am

Dan BaileyRoute Climbed: via portilla de los crampones Date Climbed: March 2003  Sucess!

Dan Bailey

Great neve, terrible weather
Posted Feb 10, 2004 11:28 am

TodoVerticalRoute Climbed: North Face Classic (60ºSnow, 80ºice, 200m) Date Climbed: Jan 9th, 2004  Sucess!


We never hoped for the route to be in such good conditions. We had south winds for a few warm days, and a lot of ice had melted from the ice-falls. Good and busy saturday. If you need info of the route email us.
Posted Jan 11, 2004 6:05 pm

TodoVerticalRoute Climbed: Ascend via Portilla Bermeja, descent via Portilla del Crampon Date Climbed: Feb 8th, 2003  Sucess!


I left early from Plataforma, just before seven o´clock. I reached the hut by 8:15, and had a coffe there. It had snowed the previous day, no tracks were to follow. After reaching Portilla Bermeja going around the Risco the la Portilla del Crampon was a little airy. It was about 10:30 by the time I standed in the summit. The way back was via Portilla del Crampon, descending the gully when others were going up was not pleasant. Got to the hut, had another coffe and by 3:00 back in plataforma. A good day.
Posted Feb 8, 2003 4:12 pm

Diego SahagúnRoute Climbed: Portilla del Crampón Normal from Plataforma Date Climbed: October 12, 2002  Sucess!

Diego Sahagún

Once again I've climbed Almanzor by this route, when you climb with team mates you must to do what everybody wants to. So on saturday we left Refugio de Reguero Llano placed on Prado de las Pozas. The day started foggy but at 10 h, when we started to ascend it was sunny. Soon we reached Los Barrerones, where some trail works had been happening, even a wood bridge had been built over the stream coming from Fuente de los Cavadores. The trail now surround this water source and another drinking fountain has been built on Los Barrerones W slope.

After taking some photos we descended to Laguna Grande so 2 hours after the start we was at Refugio Elola eating some power bars and chocolate. A man who wanted to climb Almanzor met us meanwhile some women would await him in the hut. This man would overtake us because we ascended slowly but when we descended from Almanzor we met him anew because he had mistaked Almanzor for Risco de la Portilla del Crampón. He descended soon to meet his team mates. Meanwhile, 2 of us climbed Cuerno del Almanzor after having a meal. There wasn't as people as in August so the climb to Almanzor was in 2 hours. The snow patch under Portilla Bermeja was icy and some last week snow reminds were near Almanzor summit.

The descent of Almanzor was by the same route but once on Hoya Antón we followed the stream passing La Esmeralda pond. We didn't rest at Laguna Grande or Refugio Elola because we had rested at the foot of Almanzor. So we did at Los Barrerones when the temperature became lower with some wind guts. The descent to Refugio de Reguero Llano was quick, and then my cousin and me acompanied a friend to Plataforma because he wanted to leave. I left my plastic boots, poles, crampons and took my trekking boots. Finally we both ascended wearing headlamps to Refugio de Reguero Llano. Total: 11 h; 1,295 m ascent; 1,295 m descent. Tmin = 11 ºC.
Posted Oct 14, 2002 2:57 pm

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