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Picos de Europa rock climbing in Spain

15.06.2009 by Ian Martin

The mysterious place that everyone seems to have heard about, but where not many have dared venture! Under-rated and often overlooked, the Picos de Europa is Northern Spain’s hidden secret! Consisting of a huge area of wild limestone peaks, it offers rock climbers and mountaineers a wealth of routes in a range of styles, sizes and difficulties.

Despite its rich history of climbing and being home to Spain’s most famous mountain (Naranjo de Bulnes), the area is almost unknown outside of Spain. So, if climbing on good rock in an un-crowded area appeals to you, then maybe you should go and investigate for yourself before it becomes too popular!

The classic climbs of the area are situated on the imposing tower of Naranjo de Bulnes. The routes here are multi-pitch with a mixture of bolted and trad climbing. There are routes on each of the four faces with grades ranging from about HS (4b) to the very, very hard. Well equipped abseil stations also make for relatively stress free descents. And this is just one peak in a whole range of mountains! But it’s not all about long mountain routes, huts and hardship - outside of the main mountain chain, there are single pitch sports crags, with plenty of routes from 4a - 8 for those who prefer something a little less committing.


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