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Torre Cerredo

 
Torre Cerredo

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Asturias/Picos de Europa, Spain, Europe

Object Title: Torre Cerredo

Elevation: 8687 ft / 2648 m

 

Page By: Antony Walker

Created/Edited: Jun 15, 2002 / Jul 1, 2002

Object ID: 151027

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Page Score: 81.64%  - 15 Votes 

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Overview


Having been around Asia, Africa, North and South America and much of Europe, rarely does a mountain range compare to the small, compact but terribly steep Picos de Europa. Even now the Picos feature in one of my top three places on Earth for its sheer beauty and relative isolation.

Visible from the sea of the North Coast of Spain, and hence how it obtained its name, its highest peak Torre Cerredo is only 2648m, but 2648m straight up. Rock, ice and general trekking are all available and hence is a must for European mountaineers.

Torre Cerredo itself, a steep pointed mountain hidden by subsidary ranges is an excellent climb which you will almost probably have to yourself. Technical in winter but soloable for a competent mountaineer, and standing on its extremely narrow summit is a buzz with some of the best mountain scenery on earth on offer. Bring crampons and axe, much enthusiasm and have a great day!

Getting There


Approached from the west and east of Northern Spain, its probably best approached from Oviedo, not only a nice city but with wonderful cider which the locals pour from over their heads. You can of course drive but a couple of hour bus ride will take you to Arenas de Cabrales, a lovely village at the foot of the Picos. From here where you can leave bags if you ask nicely, a long walk to the famous Ro Carres which is popular for day trekkers due to its lovely waterfalls. It maybe better to hitch-hike, particularly on the way down when limbs are calling for an end.

From here it is the begging of the long walk up to Naranjo Bulnes, and if you've any sense a stop for the night in the mountain village of Poncebos before continuing on to the climbing hut below the mighty and impressive Naranjo de Bulnes or Uriello.

Look at about three hours walk from Arenas to Rio Cares, a further four hours up to Poncebos and a good six or so from there to the Naranjo hut. Coming down you can get from Naranjo to Arenas in about eight, but its a long tiring day - especially if you'e weighted with rock and ice gear. Remember from Arenas to the Naranjo base is about 2000m up and a further 648m plus all the up and downs of subsidary ridges before you get to the base of Torre Cerredo.

Red Tape and Wildlife


Nothing required in terms of permits. The Picos have some wonderful wildlife but you will probably only see plenty of deer on the higher slopes below the Naranjo. Apparantly bears and wolves still exist in the park area but these are confined to the remote and rarely visited Southern slopes. Good luck seeing one!

When To Climb


Winter will make things difficult and the climb will be quite technical. Easter (March - April) is a wonderful time to climb as there is still plenty of snow around covering most of the high peaks but warm enough to make for enjoyable easy climbing. Watch the melting snow and early starts are in order, particularly for the upper slopes of Cerredo.

Camping


There is so much of the Picos de Europa that is untouched that wild camping is possible as nobody will see you. However the 2600m climb from Arenas might make you consider the huts. There is a hostel type place in Poncebos (just dorm beds) ran by an odd mother and son couple and a hut below the Naranjo de Bulnes. The climbing hut is okay with dorm beds and good food but the caretaker was unfreindly when I climbed and wouldn't allow you to go to bed until 7:00pm for some reason. Means a cold sit out downstairs which is miserable when freezing fog envelopes Naranjo in the evening. There are other huts if you want to do a traverse.

Mountain Conditions


Weather forecasts are available in Arenas de Cabrales. Try www.picosdeeuropa.net but its in Spanish. Its a high mountain range and weather can vary very quickly. The huts are unheated so any time bring warm clothing, particularly in winter and easter where fleece, down etc is recommended.

The Main Route


Probably about Alpine I/II if snow covered. If in Summer I suppose when the mountains will be dry you can leave at anytime but if in Spring and Winter an early start is essential (about 4 or 5 is good). Snow covers the range and hence will begin to melt about 9 or 10.

Leave the hut below the Naranjo and head west towards Cerredo. You need to cross a few subsidary ridges coming down off other high Picos peaks, sometimes involving exciting scrambling and easy rock climbing. Its a long walk to Torre Cerredo and don't mistake another peak for it.

Eventually Torre Cerredo will come into view and there is no doubt this is the highest peak. The peak looks unscaleable but follow it round to its north-east side and a snow slope comes into view. Follow this up going ever and ever steeper until ice-climbing techniques are necessary with step kicking and axe work. Occasionally you will have to climb over rock patches which is scary in crampons - bolts in the rock tell you its a place for ropes - and eventually stand on its beautiful narrow summit.

Getting down is tough work in snow and although routes seem to exist in different directions these all lead to steep precipitous slopes. Tread carefully on descent it will be a long fall and nobody about.

Equipment


If snow covered then minimum equipment should include crampons and one ice axe. For many people a rope and a bit of rock gear will be necessary just for protection and security. Torre Cerredo is remote and it might be wise to leave your route with the hut owner below the Naranjo. If you've got the rock gear have a go at Naranjo - it looks a beauty.

Whats in a name?


One theory of the name of the Picos de Europa apparantly comes from sailors returning from the Americas and one of the first visible land points is of course Portugal and Spain (along with Ireland Europe's furthest countries west). They of course saw the high Picos de Europa and exclaimed in whatever language they spoke in "Ah! The Peaks of Europe". Simple really!

However (in an extensive debate) this has been disputed and other theories suggest themselves. The book "Diccionario Geográfico" by Martínez Marina says the name Picos de Europa is from early 1800s when "navigators came from North to reach Asturias, Vizcaya or Santander harbours".

The Sicilian historian Lucio Marineo Sículo refers to the range as Rupeas Europea in his work "De rebus Hispaniae memorabilibus" back in 1530.

They also say the Picos de Europa were named after prince Astur married his lover Europa on Vindius mount, after carrying off her father, Phoenician king Agenor.


Naranjo de Bulnes - Uriello


Hopefully one day somebody will post a seperate page for this huge block of upstanding rock. If not, hopefully I will return with rock gear and a willing partner to ascend the 500m of pure beast and post a page myself. Although an entirely seperate mountain special mention should be given to this peak.

500m of precipitous slopes rise above the hut and a worthy climb if you have rock gear. Beware, weather can change quickly and people have been killed by lightning and rock fall. Not sure of the technical difficuly but think its nothing too severe but exciting. Do it!

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Diego SahagúnUntitled Comment

Diego Sahagún

Voted 5/10

"It is unlikely that a European who sailed from Europe would see some peaks and declare them as the peaks of Europe".





History is not like one want to be, history is based in facts. I've given my data with reference to a book but where is yours? We must not invent the history.





"Hope this explains why I've kept this theory - to me it sounds far more valid then a myth Legend about a King! ".





May be legends are simply fantasy but sometimes you could believe them. Couldn't you?
Posted Jul 4, 2002 1:10 pm
Diego SahagúnUntitled Comment

Diego Sahagún

Voted 5/10

William, you don't know anything because there is no theory that revels this baptism with more likeliness.





"Why question opinions on this post based on whether someone is an American or rather a US citizen".





This is not the debate, the only cuestion is: are sailors who named first Picos de Europa necessarily from America? My response is: no, not necessarily. I'm waiting for Antony to say us where did he find the theory he showed off.





Sincerely.
Posted Jul 2, 2002 2:50 pm
Antony WalkerUntitled Comment

Antony Walker

Hasn't voted

A bit of confusion here guys, now lets all settle down. Firstly I made the incorrect statement of saying that the Picos were named after people returning from the USA and somebody pointed out that they were named well before the USA existed. Point taken.





However, at the same time I was called a Chauvenist (unnecessarily) I thought and as well as correcting the post, I also replied saying how I was a British citizen and not an American - i.e. "sorry whoever you are - not an american". The phrase of tone was supposed to hint that the person who referred me as being Chauvenist was bang out of line.





Now, the theory of the Picos being named from sailors returning from the Americas I like. Returning from the Americas could be sailors of either American (i.e. the whole of South or North America) or European descent (i.e. sailors who'd gone out to explore and returned). Possibly a Spaniard or Portuguese! It is unlikely that a European who sailed from Europe would see some peaks and declare them as the peaks of Europe. However, somebody returning from a long trip away (like the Americas) or seeing Europe for the first time would! Hence the new post includes the word "Americas" and doesn't mention the USA once.





Hope this explains why I've kept this theory - to me it sounds far more valid then a myth Legend about a King!





Any more input,. then please add!
Posted Jul 4, 2002 6:00 am
Diego SahagúnUntitled Comment

Diego Sahagún

Voted 5/10

"It is unlikely that a European who sailed from Europe would see some peaks and declare them as the peaks of Europe".





History is not like one want to be, history is based in facts. I've given my data with reference to a book but where is yours? We must not invent the history.





"Hope this explains why I've kept this theory - to me it sounds far more valid then a myth Legend about a King! ".





May be legends are simply fantasy but sometimes you could believe them. Couldn't you?
Posted Jul 4, 2002 1:10 pm
GoldilocksUntitled Comment

Goldilocks

Hasn't voted

Perhaps your memory misled you. From Arenas to Puente Poncebos is 5.5 km along the road. Depending on the time of year it can be an easy hitch. From Puente Poncebos up the track to Bulnes is about an hour, or 5 minutes up the new underground funicular (€12.85 single). From Bulnes you have a choice of routes. Via Collado Pandébano is longer but the ascent is easier. The direct route via Canal de Camburero is nasty and brutish, but shorter. Collomb gives 5h 30m - 7h from Poncebos up Camburero and 7h 30m via Pandébano. That seems about right but would also depend on fitness and load.
Posted Jan 3, 2005 12:28 pm
Rafa Bartolomecoordenates of summit

Rafa Bartolome

Voted 10/10

important addition!:

43.19777

-4.85283

without it the peak isn't on map of google earth and all the new images are on USA and not in the real place in Asturias (Spain).



I climbed this peak the last week and it's very spectacullar. I'll add some images for the page. After 6 years without edition of the page, do you want to be the owner?, if you don't have more interest I have it because some people summited some images and it not appears in the main page and I think is necessary a small edition. If you want to edit and to continue with the page is o.k. for me. It's not a problem.

Thanks for your apretiations about the wonderfull Picos de Europa and for make this pake to SP.



cheers



Posted Oct 2, 2008 2:49 am

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