From plataforma de Gredos we travelled to Refugio Laguna Grande de Gredos where we stayed the night. Early in the morning we went up to Almanzor without any inconvenience, beautiful views on the top.
In the return to Laguna Grande we suffered from intense heat without major complications, but as no water is available until you reach the valley, caution must be taken when climbing during summer.
Nadie and me left our vivy near Refugio Elola after having had breakfast inside. We didn't see anybody in the whole ascent, wich wasn't quick but with few stops. We figured that the first II graded pitch on Almanzor S face had been improved and it was more easy surrounding by the right side. We decided to descend by Portilla de los Cobardes so we had a break for having lunch once passed and below it. We'd reach Venteadero and descended on Galana normal route following a narrow and steep creek to Refugio Elola.
Then we took the backpack that we'd left there and after a long stop started the return to Plataforma by Los Barrerones. The total time was near 8 hours and the weather was perfect, there were few clouds and it was not very warm
It was an spectacular day climbing Ameal de Pablo, La Galana and Almanzor in more than 12h from Plataforma de Gredos.
Casi coincidimos en el Almanzor, por 2 días... ¿Lograsteis subir a la cima del Ameal? El último paso no es nada fácil y es muy aéreo
Climbed a mix of routes, beginning with the classic north, and then moving to a dihedral on rock on the east.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
After four travels to this mountain I win its summit with my friends and our dogs, gone betrer than us.
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!
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.
Had to retreat 54m from summit due to worsening weather and strenghthening winds. Full report in "trip reports"
Me and friend Mateo (we are both 4 years old) climbed to the top on a very nice day!!
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.
La Galana (2564 m.) climbed on august 2002, very close to Almanzor but less crowded
Refreshing moutain day after the overheated Madrid and Segovia !
Great neve, terrible weather