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Classical Route from Torrebarrio

 
Classical Route from Torrebarrio

Page Type: Route

Location: Spain, Europe

Lat/Lon: 43.01870°N / 5.957°W

Object Title: Classical Route from Torrebarrio

Route Type: Hiking, Mountaineering

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Walk-up

Route Quality: 
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Page By: nikolai79

Created/Edited: Dec 30, 2005 / May 9, 2007

Object ID: 168092

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Approach

Just have a look Getting there section to know how to go to the start point.
We´ll start on the mountain village of Torrebarrio (1250 m), on León Province. The village is only some Kms fron San Emiliano (1179 m) the main village on Babia area where you can get accomodation and try the typical food.

Eastwards panorama from the...
 

Route Description

Statistics:




Initial height: 1250 m
Final height: 2417 m
Difference: 1167 m
Estimated time (go and back): 7 hours



3D route view
Google Earth view of the area


We´ll find a trail that starts on the village and goes down towards Peña Ubiña. It takes us East, to the slopes over the villages. Sooner or later we´ll take one of the paths to the col between Peña Ubiña and Peña Ubiña La Pequeña, the col´s name is Collado de el Ronzón (1942 m). The way it´s easy and obvious, we have just go down to the col.
Once near the col we can choose between going to the col or turning left (North) towards one of the South-West corridors of Peña Ubiña (on red).


From Torrebarrio to El Ronzón col
1st half route view

Going to the col it´s surely the easy way. Both possibilities will take us not far from the Peña Ubiña S-N ridge.
If you have choose going to the col the way it´s simple and intuitive. Turn left to the N (you´ll see the Easth face slopes of Peña Ubiña, just go down to your right). If there isn´t snow you´ll find a path, just take it. If there is snow remember that our target it´s go down to the right towards the rigde.








 
The sight of Peña Ubiña from...
The route from the col


 
From El Ronzón Col
The same view with snow



Over 2100 m more or less we´ll started to go over the rigde. As we are going down to the North the rigde becames more narrow and we´ll have to be carefull, specially with wind on the top of the rigde. We´ll get the summit soon just walking along the rigde.








 
Going up to the rigde
The slopes over the col


 
Leaving the South slopes
Slopes near the ridge


 
The ridge
The ridge




According to my experiences, snow will increase the physical and technical requirements more than 100%. Frozen snow and ice will turn the route quite difficult, with some steps complicated and exposed to cause accidents. Be carefull.







 
View of the way to the ridge
Landscape from the slopes


 
The false peak
The false summit



If the weather it´s not good, left the route for another day.


Essential Gear

Take with you warm clothes on winter or snow days (even spring). Crampons and an ice-axe are mandatory.
It´s a good idea carry some water in all conditions, once over the col it´s impossible to find a fountain.


Both sides of the ridge
 


Another routes

There is a popular route from Tuiza de Arriba at 1230 m (Asturias). It is said to be harder and more difficult. You´ll find a good description on Robin Walker´s book:

Por la Cordillera Cantábrica

Robin Walker
Ediciones Trea
ISBN 84-9704-062-7

Also in English:

Walking in the Cordillera Cantábrica

Robin Walker
Cicerone
ISBN: 1852843632


Another nice route starts from Casa Mieres (1595 m), also crossing El Ronzón col. You´ll find a detailed descrition on the pages of this book:

Guía completa de la montaña asturiana - Picos de Europa y Cordillera Cantábrica
Raimundo González Cuenco
Ediciones Paraiso
ISBN 84-604-3392-7


I´ll enclose here again for its quality two links to the Cristino Torio´s web site:

Link to the Cristino Torio´s page about Peña Ubiña:

http://roble.cnice.mecd.es/~ctorio/ubina.htm


Link to the Cristino Torio´s page about ice climbing on Peña Ubiña:

http://roble.cnice.mecd.es/~ctorio/ubihielo.htm

 
Peña Ubiña North face
North face: Ice climbing

 
Casa Mieres area
Casa Mieres area


Images

Leaving the South slopesEastwards panorama from the...The sight of Peña Ubiña from...The false peakFrom El Ronzón ColBoth sides of the ridgeFrom Torrebarrio to El Ronzón col
The Peña Ubiña rigdeThe ridgeGoing up to the rigdeClassical route from TorrebarrioCasa Mieres areaView of the way to the ridge3D route view