We climbed La Mira and Gran Galayo (PD rock-climbing) from Nogal del Barranco in a nice day. We enjoyed a lot of this beautiful place.
Nadie and me started the hike at 9:44AM from Plataforma de Gredos (1760m). At 11:04AM we were eating something and resting below Los Campanarios, at about (2115m). It was sunday so there were many people on the trail, so we met the firs groups of mountaineers. After 20 minutes we began to walk again. We left Risco Pelucas (2199m) and Molederas (2241m) to the right and did another stop (12:24-12:34PM) near the last one, where a snow patch had to be crossed. We also met people coming from La Mira. We left the Col 2207m to the left and decided to traverse the N flank of La Mira first because there was a big group reaching its top. Leaning out of the E face of La Mira you can see a superb of Los Galayos. So we were there taking a lot of photos and having lunch on meadow near there (1:24-2:34PM). Then we started the ascent of the final section of La Mira. At 2:54PM we were on the summit but we began the descent soon because there were many people on the top and we don't like crowds on the mountains.
We passed the Col 2.306m and reached the Point 2318m, on the NW of La Mira. I took many pics staying there 15 minutes. We followed Vereda de la Mira, passing Molederas and descending to the base of Risco Pelucas. We climbed it reaching the top at 4:44PM, this is a nice peak with wide comb near the summit. We were taking more pics there. When descending to the trail I trod on a stone and turned my ankle a bit. So we stopped, put snow and an anti-inflammatory pomade on my ankle and re-started the hike (5:44PM). I also took an anti-inflammatory pill. The ankle didn't hurt a lot we had no problems to progress quickly. We left Los Campanarios to the left and descended to near Chozo de Prao Puerto where we could see some male wild goats fighting, I were taking some pics with telephoto lens fixed on my camera. At 7:54PM and after 10h 10 min we reached my car again. The day had been cloudy but it never rained. 805m gained in all.
Because of the crowd we had to leave my car 1.1Km from Plataforma. So we decided to reach Vereda de la Mira by climbing Cuerda (ridge) del Facioso first. Later we noticed that we had lost less time by ascending on the road and as in Vereda de la Mira route page. Once on Cuerda del Facioso Nadie broke her glasses so we hardly followed the ridge to Risco del Facioso (1.987 m) and ascended to near the highest peak of Los Campanarios, wich I climbed after having lunch. Then we descended to where we had my car. Near Chozo de Prao Puerto I took some good pics of big male wild goats but two days later my CF card broke in Salamanca. 6h 10 min.
Because of the heat Nadie and me were having lunch on the shore of river Tormes, in the pinewood near Puente del Duque. Then we went to a bar while we waited the sun lowed, when I drove to La Plataforma (1780 m) and were drinking another soft drink with our friend Joaquín, the owner of the bar there. At 5:35 PM we started hinking under a burnt sun towards Pluviómetro, left it to the right and reached the big meadow called Prao Puerto. We crossed Arroyo (stream) de Prao Puerto, ascended a long slope passing Point 2126 m to the left and reached the highest point of Los Campanarios (2165m - 7:05 PM), where we rested 5 min. We continued along the ridge and descended to Portilla (col) de Pelucas (2088 m). We han no time so we sometimes ran and soon we reached the base of Risco Pelucas (2199 m), a beautiful peak over Garganta (creek) Lóbrega. We climbed it and stopped 10 minutes on the top until before descending to the col again. Then we surrounded all the peaks of Los Campanarios on Vereda (trail) de la Mira, always on the north. Finally we descended fast to the stream, where we had to put our headlamps on, and continued as in the ascent to La Plataforma (1780 m - 10:15 PM).
Cold air, sunshine, perfect rock and no other poeple for 2 days. Que fabuloso...I'd love to return
I drove with nadie to the Km 6 (aprox. 1.555 m) of the road Hoyos del Espino - La Plataforma. We started walking at 11:50 AM along the road firstly because there was no parking near the green gate. Then we followed Garganta (gorge) de la Covacha and turned right when the snow (hard) appeared, just on the mouth of Garganta de los Conventos. Soon (1:40 PM) we put our crampons on (aprox. 1.770 m) and climbed the big slope of almost 500 m and 30-40º max to the col placed between El Raso (2.244 m) and Point 2.275 m. Then traversed SW and pushed forward along the final slope to the top of La Mira (2.341 m) 3:40 PM. Had lunch sheltered behind the summital cairn because of the strong chilly NW winds and started descent following the same route (4:20 PM). Total time: 7 h 25 min. Tmin: -1 ºC / 30 F. Only saw 3 climbers near the col.
We planned to climb Almanzor with a Polish friend of mine, but the north side of the Gredos was too snowy, and we had no proper gear for that. So next day we walked up form the Plataforma to the Ref. Victory, and a bit further up. From that point I walked up on my own and scrambled among the rocks on the snowy plateu. I took a short look from the rocky watchtower (?) and hurried down to get back in 1 hour as I promised.
It is a pity, that I missed a real climb in that rocky paradise.
Very nice climb from Km 6 (1.555 m) of the road Hoyos del Espino-La Plataforma. One of my cousins and me followed Garganta (gorge) de la Covacha along a forest trail first and a path finally, and then turned right when the snow (hard) appeared, just on the mouth of Garganta de los Conventos. Soon we put our crampons on and climbed the big slope of almost 500 m and 30-40º max to the col placed between El Raso (2.244 m) and Point 2.275 m. Then traversed SW and pushed forward along the final slope to the top of La Mira (2.341 m). Had lunch sheltered behind the summital cairn because of the strong chilly NW winds and started descent following the same route. Total time: 6 hours. Tmin: 0 ºC. Only saw some climbers and skiers near the top. Magnificient scenery of the snowed Galayos.
The West Face of this superb granite tower is amazingly attractive. We have climbed three of the Routes on that face, to confirm that the last two pitches of the "Malagón" Dihedral are awesome !!!!!
Starting from the Classic West Face Route and joining "El escalador de la noche" in the second pitch offers you a more elegant line. Another fine route.
A friend, my cousin and me started from Refugio de Reguero Llano at 10:25 h. It was sunny so it would be a nice hiking day. The route passes Prao Puerto up to Los Campanarios, where we rested and ate some power bars. Then we passed Risco Pelucas and Molederas reaching Prado de los Pelaos, a nice meadow until the bast N face of La Mira. So 3 hours after the start we were on La Mira looking at Los Galayos, they loomed up the sea of clouds. We had meal and rested 1 hour, then we moved to the E cliff to see Refugio Victory and La Apretura. After taking some photos we started the descent via Fuente (Water Source) de la Mira. Then I climbed Molederas and Risco Pelucas (an interesting peak for rock climbing objectives) by its N face. The descent was quick so in 2 hours we were back at Refugio de Reguero Llano. Total: 8 hours (2.5 h on La Mira). Finally we descended to Plataforma carrying our big bagpacks anew, our car was parked there.
This is a forced route and classic to ascend to the mountain from Arenas de San Pedro. We ascend so much every year to go to Galayos like to make a march for the rope of the Mira to the Laguna. We leave of the platform of the Nogal del Barranco where we leave the car and we begin to ascend for "El carril", until arriving until the base of "La Apretura", where the one to our right already has the Galayos needles. Of there to the refuge we have left Victory so alone half hour.
I only have a few memories about this ascent. My parents and me had camped on Prado de las Pozas, this was the starting point. May be we climbed Los Campanarios first and followed the ridge towards la Mira. We should come back after reaching Las Molederas. Returning route was almost the same, sure. I remind that we saw lots of wild goats, may be a herd of 100.