North Spur Torre Cerredo
Guided climbs in Picos de Europa – Central Massif
We are talking about the highest peak of the Picos de Europa National Park.
Located in a totally isolated area where silence and solitude surround us.
It has a breathtaking environment and great rock quality which makes this climb a five star activity 100% “Piquista”.
Opened on June 27, 1975 by Jaime Alvarez, Felix Bonales and Pedro Udaondo.
- Approach: There are several options that we will consult, but the most usual is from the Refugio de la Vega de Urriellu, (about 3 hours to the beginning of the climb approximately).
- Length of the climb: 300 meters approximately.
- Difficulty: Maximum V+.
- Duration of the complete activity: About 4-5 hours for the climb, 3 hours for the approach and 3 more for the return (Total about 12 hours approximately).
- Descent: On foot from the summit by the normal route to its base. (1 h approximately and 2 hours more to the Vega de Urriellu shelter).
Equipment required per participant: 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 starting point for this activity will normally be from the Cabrones refuge, although it can also be done from the Vega de Urriellu refuge.
The meeting point will be at Vega de Urriellu shelter, and the timetable will depend on the place of overnight stay, the guide will give prior notice when booking the activity.
If the overnight stay is in the Urriellu shelter, we will make the approach very early in the morning to the corona del raso and from there to the Horcada Arenera by the spectacular path where we can see an incredible sunrise with the Cantabrian Sea as a backdrop and the spectacular Urriellu behind us.
After reaching the Horcada Arenera, we will descend a few meters and after passing some Jous and climb a few meters we will reach the Bivouacs in the pass that separates the impressive Jou Negro from the Jou de Cerredo. (Up to this point about 2 hours walking from Urriellu). At this point we will get ready with the material and start walking on short rope under the Torre La Brouche and over the perpetual snow of the Jou Negro to access the north steps that give access to the Noth Spur (30 minutes approximately).
After successive relatively easy climbs and some rope lengths, we will reach the north shoulder where the most vertical and excellent rock climbing begins. In four pitches of climbing of maximum enjoyment we will reach the end of the route under a large orange overhang, from where in short rope we will access the summit by means of some easy climbs.
Once at the summit, after taking pictures and having a snack, we will begin the short rope descent by the normal route until we reach the Bivouacs. (approximately 1 hour from the summit). From this point we only have to undo the same path to the Vega de Urriellu (about 2 hours).