Ascent of Pico de la Atalaya on 2009-11-30
|Date:||Monday, November 30, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Pico de la Atalaya|
| Elevation:||723 m / 2375 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportSummit 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
Pico de la Zarza ascent report
|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
| Time Up:||35 Minutes|
| Time Down:||25 Minutes|
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