Pidal and Cainejo North Face
Picu Uriellu – Climbing with guide Naranjo de Bulnes
The first route opened on the Picu Urriellu, on August 5, 1904 by Gregorio Pérez and Pedro Pidal. Itinerary of great magnitude, one of the great feats of Spanish mountaineering that leaves no one indifferent to climb this route and relive the feat of those brave countrymen who managed to climb for the first time the great monolith of Picos de Europa.
It starts at the foot of the east face and crosses some slabs until it reaches the north shoulder and its large chimney.
Of great attraction, not only for its magnificent route, but also for its difficult steps that evoke to the climber the feat performed by the pioneers.
- Approach: From the Vega de Urriellu hut to the foot of the trail, approximately 1 hour.
- Length of climb: approximately 450 meters of climbing.
- Difficulty: Maximum V+.
- Duration of the complete activity: About 4 hours for the climb and about 3 hours for the approach and return (Total about 8 hours).
- Descent: In three rappels on the south face.
Natural rock climbing experience is required, having done V+ routes in sport climbing as a rope first with fluency.
Have done high mountain routes of more than 8 hours of duration and 1000 meters of positive difference in altitude. It is also advisable to have made some ascents in Picos de Europa such as: Peña Vieja, Torre de la Palanca, Torre Cerredo, etc...
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 inform 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.)
Normally the meeting is at the Vega de Urriellu Refuge the day before the activity, around 7 pm. Once introduced, the guide will provide the participant with the necessary material, explain concepts and review the material needed for the activity. During dinner, which is at 8:00 p.m., we will be able to chat and discuss all kinds of doubts and we will talk about the schedule for breakfast and departure the following day.
This schedule varies depending on the time of year and the weather.
We will leave prepared from the Refuge by the path that will take us to the Canal de la Celada, through which in a short but intense climb we will skirt the entire north face of Picu Urriellu. After finishing the channel we will continue ascending by a more comfortable path until we reach the foot of the face. East, once here we will have to descend walking towards the north until we are under the niche of the R1, already in the base of the route we will place the material and we will comment the last instructions of security and progression.
Normally the climb takes about 3 to 4 hours.
Once at the summit we have time to eat something to eat, take some pictures and chat. Afterwards, we will begin the descent along the ridge until we reach the channel that after a few easy descents will lead us to the amphitheater of the south face where we will begin the rappels. We will make three rappels and arrive at the base where we will pick up and begin the descent to the Vega by the same route we took on the way down.
Normally between 13:00 hours and 16:00 hours you are back at the refuge.