Ascent of Peña Sagra on 2013-05-11

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Saturday, May 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peña Sagra
    Elevation:2047 m / 6716 ft

Ascent Trip Report

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:

Peña Sagra/El Cornon>

Extract of text from my blog:
Today’s objective was El Cornon – Major 2047m P894 at N43.15226 W4.47561 the highest point of the Sierra de Peña Sagra. The start is from the picturesque village of San Mames high up at 1017m N43.11348 W4.43483 and involves following a long driveable/cycleable track to a ridge that blocks the valley. Getting over this ridge was made more difficult by deep soft snow.

On the other side is a clear track that traverses the south-western slopes of El Cornon to a pass below the summit. At this point I was able to get my first peek at the Picos de Europa peeking up through the clouds. Not for long though, the sky was beginning to cloud over.

The next part of the ascent was quite steep and involved a stretch of thick vegetation, followed by deep snow and finally a rocky scramble to the top. By the time I got to the summit there was no view. The summit is marked by a curious empty metal container. From the summit I traversed downwards towards the aforementioned ridge that blocks the valley, glissading and bumsliding on a snow filled slope. This was fine until the last stage when I came to a barrier of almost impenetrable vegetation – the air was blue as I battled my way through. From thereon it was simply a matter of following the ascent route.
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