Ascent of Alto de la Cañada on 2013-05-15

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Alto de la Cañada
    Elevation:2157 m / 7077 ft

Ascent Trip Report

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

...a small village called Riolago and parked up by a signboard at N42.94368 W6.07405. The signboard shows a route that heads towards the Alto de la Canada (‘the summit of the drove road’) a Major 2154m P889 in the Sierra de Villabandia. The weather was mixed sunny periods and hailstorms. There was a choice of unpaved roads from the start – the trick is to take the one on the right.
As I neared the unguarded but nice-looking refugio/bothy, La Brana at N42.91020 W6.09570 I met a group of Spanish walkers. They advised me to head for a bealach that was much further to the right than the one on the signboard and in JMH. However, as I got nearer to the bealach I could see that it was o
verhung by a large cornice and I did not want to risk causing an avalanche. So I avoided the snow in all the passes by heading up onto the crinkly crags of Pena Negra that involved a bit of scrambling up and down to reach an unnamed summit on the main ridge.
From there it was a walk over the top of Robinalto to Alto de la Canada. A hailstorm arrived at the same time as me, therefore no view from the summit.
My descent route was a variation of the JMH route with a long snow descent and having to cross several swollen streams – or was it the same stream several times?
Six hours, 18.83km, 1832m ascent.
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