Arista del Jisu – Pico Pozán
Eastern Massif – South Face – Guided Climbing in Picos de Europa
Marked and spectacular ridge that we distinguish perfectly and attracts our attention powerfully from the same Villa de Potes, it is of great length and elegantly runs along this pillar that emerges over the beautiful valley of Liébana.
The type of climbing is classic, with a good variety of passages and a lot of atmosphere.
Opened on February 3, 1969 by Gervasio Lastra and Ezequiel Conde.
- Approach: From the Ports of Áliva, approximately one hour and a half to the foot of the track.
- Climbing length: 680 m of climbing approximately.
- Difficulty: Maximum 6b.
- Duration of the complete activity: About 6 hours for the climb, an hour and a half of approach to the foot of the route and two hours of return on foot (Total about 10-12 hours).
- Descent: On foot along the northwest slope to the Ports of Áliva.
To perform this activity it is necessary to have a very good physical condition, to have previously climbed classic climbing routes and to habitually do sport climbing with a grade of 6a as first with fluency. As well as being accustomed to high mountain routes of a minimum duration of 10 to 12 hours and 1500 meters of positive difference in altitude.
Equipment required per participant: The guide will send a specific list of the equipment required per participant when booking the activity. (Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, this information may vary in number and type of clothing and footwear. The guide will provide information upon reservation)
- Technical trekking boots
- Trekking poles
- Long elastic mountain pants
- Technical short sleeve mountain t-shirt
- Technical long sleeve mountain t-shirt
- Softshell / primaloft
- Down or fiber jacket
- Medium or light gloves (optional)
- Cell phone with charged battery
- Headlamp with batteries (important)
- Solarcream SPF 50
- Mountain backpack 40L
- Canteen or water bottle minimum 2L
- Refreshments during activity (bars, dried fruits, etc.)
The Jisu Ridge is located on the spectacular and imposing south face of the wall that forms the Eastern massif of Picos de Europa visible from the Liébana Valley.
On its left side stands out the great ridge of Pico Pozán or Jisu, a long sharp spur of almost 700 meters long, which can be considered one of the great classics of the Picos and cannot be missing in the notebook of any classic climber.
For this activity, the starting point will be the vegas de Aliva, as it is the most comfortable and quickest way to access the road.
From the meadows we will ascend to the pass of Cámara, from where we will have a splendid view over the entire Liébana Valley and a large part of the Cordillera.
Once at this point, it will be necessary to descend slightly in search of the first wall of the route after passing the rock wall that closes the Pozán channel. (Up to the foot of the track 1 hour and 30 min approximately).
Once at the foot of the route, we will equip ourselves and review the safety and progression instructions to undertake the climb.
The climb is in three parts, in the first part the rock is not very good and the difficulty is low, in three lengths of rope we will be in the ribs, a campa tumbada that we will have to cross to access "the pharaoh" rock edge where the edge or spur really begins.
Once here the climbing becomes more aerial and with better quality rock, in about 6 to 7 pitches of rope we will reach an easier part but of dubious rock that deposits us on the summit in 3 more pitches of rope. (There is an escape at the end of the vertical part, it is possible to take it if the schedule is not adjusted or if physical fatigue is too much, thus saving time and effort). (Approximately 6 hours of climbing to the summit).
Once at the summit, after taking some pictures and a snack, we will descend walking towards the north looking for the channel that will take us to the Aliva meadows. (Approximately one hour and 30 minutes from the summit to the vehicle).