Ascent of Pico de Urbión on 2013-07-09

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pico de Urbión
    Elevation:2228 m / 7310 ft

Ascent Trip Report

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

Extract of text from my blog:
Urbion/Pico de Urbion/Muela de Urbion was not what I expected - actually all I knew was that ... there was a laguna/lake nearby.
I started from the Paso de la Serra carpark N41.99832 W2.82614 (1596m) where you have to pay 4 Euros – you are not allowed to drive any further, there is a regular shuttle bus to Laguna Negra N41.99867 W2.84383 (1750m)a couple of kilometres away. I can never stand still at a bus stop and inevitably a bus passes me between stops – as it did here, in both directions.
Lagune Negra is a textbook ex-glacial lake. Like the ones you were taught about at school but never actually see for real – well here it is.
It only gets a very brief mention in the Dorling Kindersley guide – however, it is obviously popular enough to warrant a one way system for people walking along the viewpoint gangway.
For the next part of the walk the Spanish equivalent of the HSE have clearly made their contribution. Nobody could argue that they were not warned how peligroso (dangerous) it is, especially for ninos (children). It is a little steep and badly worn.
At the top of the corrie wall N41.99598 W2.85045 (1870m) the gradient eases off and there is a pleasant walk through a lengthy grass and flower filled alpine meadow.
The surprise for me came at the end of this meadow at Llanos de la Sierra N42.00495 W2.86152 (1994m) when I got my first view of Urbion itself. Not a tree covered bump then.
The path continues at an easy angle, passing the Laguna Larga on its north-easterly shore and then rises a bit more steeply along the side of Urbion’s south-east ridge.
As I reached the snow line I was very much surprised to meet two young Spanish women wearing nothing more than bikinis and trainers. When I reached the collado N42.00961 W2.87635 (2140m) I was equally surprised to find a flock of sheep being guarded by a shepherd, who had somehow driven up there in a car.
The final section is a mild scramble to the summit at N42.01141 W2.87843 which is marked by a cross.
I also visited the two metre lower summit at N4201172 W2.87804 as an insurance job.
I varied the return route by keeping to the top of the south-east ridge, over the 2183m top at N42.00421 W2.87379 before dropping down from N42.00104 W2.86807 (2120m) to Laguna Helada at N41.99464 W2.85891 (2007m). The path follows a ridge before dropping steeply to meet the uphill route at N41.99598 W2.85045 (1870m). I followed the ascent route back – except for complying with the one-way system at the Laguna Negra.
14.09km, 956m total ascent
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