Pablo Alonso – Guía en Picos de Europa
My name is Pablo Alonso Rodríguez. Born in Cantabria in ’84, I started climbing at the age of 16. Somewhat late in life, as it is never too early to start. Even so, I was immediately caught by the indescribable sensations it provokes.
Certainly addictive, climbing forces us to surpass ourselves again and again, to push our limits. Over time I realized that, in addition to practicing it, I felt an enormous satisfaction sharing and teaching others my passion and knowledge, seeing how they joined the great hobby of my life. That is how I began to train as a mountain guide.
To this day, I still enjoy, as always, the simple fact of observing the expression of my clients when they reach the top of any climb, where all emotions emerge. That contagious joy that is palpable in the atmosphere and makes you want to repeat again and again.
After a long time of hard work, saving, physical and technical preparation, and eight years of experience working as a guide in Liébana, I have managed to create my own adventure company,LIÉBANA AVENTURA.
So, I hope and wish to be able to dedicate my life to fulfill the dreams of all those who want to make a climb with a mountain guide, for whatever reason, and show you that the limits are only in our minds.
Currently there are several mountain guide qualifications, but only one clearly and officially guarantees that the climbing guide in Picos de Europa or anywhere else in Spain has the necessary technical knowledge to guide. It is about the SPORTS TECHNICIAN IN (climbing, canyoning…) And it must be required the qualification indicated for each activity.
Discover the Picos de Europa
The Picos de Europa is a mountainous unit located in the Cantabrian Mountains. They are divided into three massifs: Oriental / Ándara, Central / Urrieles and Occidental / Cornión. The highest height is Torrecerredo peak, with 2,650 meters high.
The Picos de Europa and its characteristic abrassive limestone rock formed in the upper Paleozoic approximately 300 million years ago. The sea receded and these sedimentary basins formed. The classic climbs began in 1904 with the first ascent to Picu Urriellu.
The peaks of Picos de Europa act as a barrier and protect the Liébana Valley from storms. When these fronts come from the South, they get trapped behind the Peaks and the Valley remains clear. Proof of this is the cultivation of vines, holm oaks and other vegetables more typical of the Mediterranean climate than of the Atlantic. Before discarding your trip in bad weather, try to make sure of it, you will be surprised how many times they indicate rain and it is completely clear.