Ascent of Cochillón o Peña del Pando on 2013-05-10

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Friday, May 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cochillón o Peña del Pando
    Elevation:2174 m / 7133 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:
There is a large aparcameinto (car park) at Calgosa N43.03591 W4.37337. The weather was still misty with low cloud although quite mild. I did not have a map, however I used the diagram shown in Jose Martinez Hernandez’s book ‘Las 100 cumbres mas prominentes de la peninsula Iberica’ (JMH) as a guide.

However, I had also set a waypoint in my GPS for the summit from Europeaklist. Confused – I certainly was. There seemed to be a lot more ski-lifts than I expected. By luck rather than skill I visited the top of El Cuchillon chosen by JMH and then followed a quite difficult snowy/icy ridge for 1.5km to a false summit marked by a cross at N43.03695 W4.40288 (2149m) and then to the summit also known as Pico de Tres Mares/Peak of the three seas – Major 2174m P818 at N43.03801 W4.40413. This summit is marked by two sculptures and a viewing platform. According to the Dorling Kindersley guide the top gets its name from the fact that rivers starting from here flow into the Med., the Adriatic and the Bay of Biscay. It also says there is a ‘breathtaking panorama of the Picos of Europa’. My breath was not taken as the visibility for me was no more than a few metres. I was able to make a more direct descent route glissading on snow much of the way.
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