Ascent of Peña de Oroel on 2013-07-17

Climber: Martin Richardson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peña de Oroel
    Elevation:1769 m / 5807 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:
Being a mid day week and a hill that is away from the exciting high Pirineos I had visions of a lonely day on a not much visited hill.
To my surprise the large carpark at the Refugio Mirador de Oreol N42.52775 W0.53172 (1180m) was full and there were families at all the picnic tables. And as I set off up the mountain side I met quite a lot of people coming down...
The path finally zigzagged its way to a collado at N42.51807 W0.52735 (1654m). From here there are three options: a path that literally follows the top of the ridge; an escape path that runs alongside and a wider path that traverses the side of the ridge lower down. I took the top one – they all meet up again later. The ridge and the steep northern and western faces seem to consist of rounded beach pebbles loosely set in sandstone.
The summit of Pena de Oreol is marked by a trigpoint and an ugly looking black metal cross. And I had it to myself, everyone else had gone down. The views were very good, if a bit hazy. I wandered over to the west end at 1751m before returning by the ascent route – except I used the traverse path back along the ridge. The carpark was nearly empty.

9km 650m total ascent
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