Ascent of Peña Montañesa on 2013-07-20

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Saturday, July 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peña Montañesa
    Elevation:2295 m / 7530 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Note the paths/pistes shown on the accompanying map bear no relation to reality.

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

Extract of text from my blog:
Not sure why I did not drive up the unpaved road to La Collada N42.50016 E0.20568 (1532m) where there is parking space for several cars - it would have saved quite some time and effort. However, I started from the road just outside the small pueblo of Ceresa at N42.50616 E.0.17712. There are sometimes waymarked, sometimes not waymarked short cuts that avoid having to follow all the zigzags in the pista. I took some of the shortcuts others I eschewed.
JMH describes this ascent as ‘facil’ i.e. simple, easy. Fine, up to La Collada I am in full agreement. The start of the next bit around to the back of the mountain is also a simple walk along a cow path through the trees. However, when the path reaches a seemingly endless stone field up the south side I cannot concur with his judgement. Coming down it is fine if you are happy with scree running – going up though is a slog that would put off many a walker.
How glad I was to finally reach the ridge at a collado at N42.48909 E0.20085 (2143m). Even from here to the summit although a lot easier, I would still argue that it is not a stroll in the park – it is rocky scrappy with a little scrambling needed. The summit is rocky and marked with a metal triangular thingy next to what looks like the base of a missing trig point.
The views were great across to the, by now, cloud covered high Pirineos.
...I used my ascent route as the descent route although I took full advantage of the scree run that goes down the centre of the stone field. In bits the scree was quite good, in other bits it was spent. ...
When I got back to the grazing cows at La Collada, a Spanish family drove by and offered me a lift down to the start – I accepted with deep gratitude.
11.56km 1467m total ascent

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