East Side to Pico Urriellu – Guided climbing
Vía Cepeda is the first route opened on the east face of the Picu. The east face of the Picu is a spectacular 300 m wall, compact at its base.
To the right, an enormous Y-shaped slab emerges unmistakably, through which the Cepeda ascends precisely on its left side, thus avoiding the most difficult areas and giving way to an easier climb with a variety of passages.
Opened on September 21, 1955 by María Jesús Aldecoa, Jaime Cepeda and Pedro Udaondo.
- Approach: From the Vega de Urriellu hut to the foot of the trail, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Climbing length: 350 m of climbing approx.
- Difficulty: Maximum V+
- Duration of the complete activity: About 4 hours for the climb and another 4 hours for the approach and return (Total about 8 hours).
- Descent: In three rappels on the south face.
Some natural rock climbing experience is required, having done Vº routes in sport climbing as a first rope climber. 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: The guide will send a specific list of 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 inform upon booking)
- 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 there are two days of activity, although it is also possible to do it in one day.
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 weather.
We will leave prepared from the Refuge by the path that will take us to the Canal de la Celada, in a short but intense ascent we will border the entire north face of Picu Urriellu. After finishing the channel we will continue climbing on a more comfortable path below the imposing east face where the via Cepeda al Picu Urriellu begins.
The climb normally takes about four hours. After the climb and after exiting the south amphitheater through the characteristic hole, we still have to go up the short rope channel that takes us to the summit ridge and from here to the summit.
Once at the summit we have time to eat something to eat, take some pictures and chat. Afterwards, we will begin our descent towards the rappels of the southern amphitheater.
The descent will be done in three rappels and we will arrive at the base where we will pick up and begin the descent to the Vega de Urriellu Refuge by the same way we came.
Normally between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. you are back at the refuge.