Nadie and me started the ascent on Puerto del Pico where I had driven from Avila. We ran across a herd of wild goats on the shoulder located just after passing the unguarded hut. The snow was on the beginning of the steep slope to the summit ridge and it was hard, so we put chains on our boots and continued ascending. Then Nadie started to feel bad so we had to stop and rest some minutes before procceding. Reached the ridge and could admire the white sea of clouds to the south. We stayed on the top having lunch and started the quick descent on the same route of ascent to Puerto del Pico.
Had a long hiking day the day before and decided we would go slowly this day. Headed up Torozo by the normal route and descended along the west ridge until crossing back over to the normal. Lots of Ibexes on the summit.
Climbed two routes on the 23rd and 24th: 'Gollum' & 'Pan con Membrillo' (this one combined with 'Friend nr.1'). Both have a technical beautiful pitch: Dihedral pitch in Gollum, 4th, and hal way of the 'Pan con Membrillo'....
Together with César & Sergio
I drove with Nadie to Puerto del Pico (1.391 m) from Avila and parked at 1.405 m. We started to ascend at 1:40 PM and stopped 30 minutes to have lunch at 2:30 PM (approx. 1.740 m). We reached the summit of Torozo at 4:00 PM, stayed there 20 minutes and descended towards a site placed between Point 1.915 and Collado del Risco (1.935 m). Then we ascended Alto de los Corralillos (2.002 m - 5:00 PM), a mountain of rounded forms to the E of Torozo. Desdended to the hut located above Fuente de los Corralillos and took a trail wich surrounds Torozo on the N slope. Near the water source we found a herd of male wild goats grazing on a pasture. We reached Puerto del Pico (7:40 PM), enjoyed the views and another group of wild goats. Finally we took some soft drinks in the restaurant of the pass before driving back to Avila.
My cousin José, Nadie and me started ascending from Puerto del Pico at 5:20 PM afer having had a big lunch on the restaurant there, it had been my aunt's birthday party. While in the restaurant we had noticed the strong winds lashing the walls and the clouds didn't permit to see the slopes. But the weather changed in the evening and we decided to attempt Torozo. Soon we passed a closed shack (of a shepherd in my opinion) and continued ascending on the main trail. We found a drinking fountain placard and started to looking for it. I went downwards on the trail, to the right, and my mates went behind some rocks. When I hadn't see anything I ascended and thought that they were playing hide-and-seek with me, so I shouted "I go on to the summit!" Later I waited them while putting some clothes on. They said me that they had worried about me and they were not playing, but I didn't believe them (later I'd notice that it was only a momentary lost). So we gathered and procceeded ascending. The snow started to cover the ground at aprox. 1.800 m / 5,906 ft and it was soft thought it was not deep. We sliped on the snow covered rocks. At 6:50 PM we reached the foggy (not deep) summit and took some photos, we also drank some water. I mistook when preparing an automatic pic and rewinded the recently started cartridge so I'll have to order to pull out the film again. Fortunately I had a new cartridge so I put it in my camera. Sometimes the fog opened and we could see Valle de las Cinco Villas and some mountains of Gredos. We saw Peñón del Mediodía to the SW. The wind on the summit was very slight. After 25 min on the top we started the descent so at 8:40 PM we were having some refreshments standed by the owners of the restaurant. BTW, an Irish who came with mates asked us what we'd done, I don't know if he's a SP member. Tmin = 5ºC / 41F
This routes lies between ´Gabino pan y Vino´ and ´Gran Diedro´ Pitches goes as follows, L1: V, L2: V+/6a, L3: V, L4: 6b, L5: 6a. Climbed together with: Ana and Buda. Pitch 4 from ´out of the world´
Grades listed in the main page are following old standards. Pitches go like this: L1: IV+, L2: V, L3: V+, L4: V+, L5: 6a, L7: 6a, L8: A1, V+ (FREE at 7a). Beautiful line. Climbed together with Dani and Whilly. The Dihedral pitch (L5) is something else.
Some relatives and me climbed Torozo from Puerto del Pico in about 1 h 30 min. I remember that we saw some wild goats until we reached the summit. There were some snow patches up there. The descent was more relaxed and soon we could visit Roman road near Puerto del Pico. The weather was sunny.
The first time that I ascended to the summit of the Torozo was in September of 1995. I ascended with my girlfriend and some friends for the normal route for the base of the Albujea leaving to the left the north summit of the Torozo. In the summit of the torozo the views of the Barranco of the 5 Villages are impressive, being seen from the summit the Almanzor, the espaldar of the Galayos and the whole rope of the mountain from the Puerto del Pico until the Mira, even some houses of Arenas de San Pedro and of course the 5 Villages.