Ascent of Pico Turbina on 2013-05-12
|Date:||Sunday, May 12, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1317 m / 4321 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportFor pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
Extract of text from my blog:
Turbina/La Torbina 1315m P873 in the Sierra de Cuera at N43.35426 W4.77007. If there had been a parking space available at 702m N43.33633 W4.78366 I would have started from there. As it happened there was no room so I had to make do with being two hundred metres lower down at 501m n43.33025 W4.77875 on a tiny patch big enough for two vehicles. From the higher up parking space there is a variety of routes that zig-zag steeply up on to a ridge that reminded me a bit of the Trotternish ridge on Skye.
What was astonishing was the range of alpine flowers growing on these slopes as Griffon Vultures circled overhead. Once on the first ridge it is matter of working across the rising plateau of karst limestone around a series of sinkholes, clints and grykes.
The main summit is marked by a cylindrical trig point. There is another slightly lower summit close by at N43.35493 W4.77006 marked by a metal sculpture.
I descended by a similar route to my ascent route except I must have zigged when I should have zagged and there was a section when the descent became a little desperate and the Griffon vultures were beginning to feel hopeful of some tasty carrion.
10.32km, 1239m ascent.
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