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Ascent of Pico de la Atalaya on 2009-11-30

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Monday, November 30, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pico de la Atalaya
    Location:Spain
    Elevation:723 m / 2375 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Summit is Pico de la Atalaya (aka Betancuria), 724m on IGN mapping, N28 24 47, W14 04 46 (GPSr at summit).

A convenient trailhead is a layby W side of FV-30, 0.5km S of Betancuria village at N28 25 11, W14 03 31, elev 383m. From here, a short scramble (faint path) leads down the bank to a track in the bottom of the Barranco. Follow this S a short way to where another barranco comes in from the R; gain the spur here, head straight uphill to meet a fence (there are places where you can step across without causing damage) then follow the spur (sometimes the fence / wall) SW, via the E summit (699m) to the summit (trig pillar).

There's a nice panorama: the most interesting-looking nearby summit is Gran Montana to the south. I then retraced my steps back to the car.

My original plan was to climb this the previous afternoon, having summited Pico de las Nieves (Gran Canaria) in the morning. However Nieves took longer than expected, I had to reschedule my flight and by the time I arrived here it was dark. I checked out a possible ascent route via the N ridge but this seemed to terminate in a large flock of penned sheep! So I retreated, drove down to Morro Jable to summit Pico de la Zarza just after dawn, then drove to Betancuria (a very scenic drive of just over 1 hour) and arrived in plenty of time to summit Atalaya before my return flight via Gran Canaria back to the UK.

After Atalaya I spent an hour or so bagging 675m Morro de Veloso (P300m) and its near-twin 674m Morro de la Cruz before driving back to Puerto de la Rosario airport. A gentle end to an interesting and successful long weekend in the Eastern Canaries

Betancuria photos

Pico de la Zarza ascent report

IGN mapping
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:380 m / 1250 ft
    Extra Gain:20 m / 66 ft
    Distance:4.4 km / 2.7 mi
    Route:NE spur
    Trailhead:Barranco de Betancuria  383 m / 1257 ft
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Occasional spots of rain
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:25 Minutes



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