Déjame Vivir + Directa al Alba
Torre de los Horcados Rojos – South Face – Massif Central – Guided climbing in Picos de Europa
Another impressive route on the south wall of Horcados Rojos, of which it is worth mentioning its impressive second pitch “El Córner”, one of the most aesthetic of Picos, the reddish wall of the upper part of “Directa al Alba” is unmatched in rock quality and itinerary, great mastery of the openers who forced its opening in free from below, this together with its unbeatable rock quality make this activity a day of climbing of memorable difficulty.
- Approach: From the top station of the Fuente Dé cable car to the foot of the track, about one hour.
- Length of climb: approximately 160 meters of climbing.
- Difficulty: Maximum 7a.
- Duration of the complete activity: 1 hour for the approach, 4 to 5 hours for the climb and 2 hours for the descent and return (total 8 to 9 hours).
- Descent: On foot or in two rappels on the right side of the wall.
To perform this activity it is necessary to be in good physical condition, to have previously climbed classic climbing routes and to habitually do sport climbing with a grade of 6c as first with fluency. As well as being accustomed to high mountain routes of a minimum duration of 8 hours and 1000m 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 meeting point and time will be communicated by the guide when booking the activity.
Taking as a starting point the upper station of the Fuente De cable car, we will walk towards Veronica cabin by the comfortable track with hardly any slope, passing under the great walls of Peña Olvidada and enjoying a splendid view to the North where we can see the great wall of the Torre de los Horcados Rojos, the Pico Tesorero and the Lloroza lakes at our feet.
We will reach the point known as the Vueltona, here the path becomes narrower and we begin to gain altitude until we reach the junction of the Canalona and Peña Vieja. (Up to this point approximately 1 hour and about 350 meters of positive difference in altitude). From this point the path is more comfortable and we will see in front of us the great south wall of Horcados Rojos and the entire route "Déjame Vivir", we will have to climb up a rocky path a little uncomfortable until the foot of the Via. Once at the base of the route, we will equip ourselves and review the safety and progression instructions to begin the climb.
The climb takes place in 5 rope pitches, the maximum difficulty is 7a up to the summit. Once at the top at the end of the route we will enjoy the spectacle offered by the views, after having a snack and some pictures we will descend on foot by the normal route to the summit until we reach the pass of Horcados Rojos, from here we only have to descend by the normal path to the cable car.
We can also descend to the right and make two rappels to descend, this will depend on the time we have and the snow conditions depending on the time of the year.
The guide, once the reservation has been made, will inform the participant of the meeting time and place, which will depend on the timetable of the Fuente De cable car and the time of the year.