Lebanese Red – Red Horcados Tower
Central massif – Climbing with guide in Picos de Europa
The spectacular south face of the Horcados Rojos (specifically the southernmost part) has witnessed the opening of a few high quality climbing routes during the 80’s and 90’s by Cantabrian climbers. Its easy approach from the Fuente Dé cable car and the high quality of the rock have facilitated this work.
Among these routes, the Maraya and the Rojo Libanés are the most “affordable”. They have an elegant route that crosses the excellent rock that makes up this wall and that has made them become great modern-classics over the years. Completed its opening in July 1989 by Angel Bengoechea, Maria Cueto and Rafael Lopez, its first three lengths were opened by Jose Angel Perez Cano and Javier Saenz.
This route of moderate difficulty and very good rock quality is becoming a great “modern classic” in the Fuente De area, thanks to its re-equipping and the fact that it is very well protected with floating belays, its required difficulty is (6a+).
Descent: there are two options, the first would be to continue to the summit of Horcados Rojos and descend by the normal path to the pass of the same name. The second is rappelling, we must descend to the right walking from the end of the route.
- Approach: from the Fuente De cable car approx. 1h.
- Length of the climb: Approximately 250 meters.
- Difficulty: maximum 6b+.
- Duration of the complete activity: 1 hour for the approach, 5 hours for the climb and 2 more hours for the descent and return. (Total about 8 to 9 hours of activity).
- Descent: there are two options, the first would be to continue to the summit of Horcados Rojos and descend by the normal path to the pass of the same name. The second is rappelling, we must descend to the right walking from the end of the route.
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 6b 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: (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.)
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 Rojo Libanes route, we will have to climb up a rocky slope 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 is done in 7 rope pitches, the maximum difficulty is 6b+ 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.