Ascent of Cotiella on 2013-07-24

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:9554 ft / 2912 m

Ascent Trip Report

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

Extract of text from my blog:
Just before the road from Seira reaches Barbaruens there is a pista (1130m) N42.50256 E0.39547 that heads uphill. I parked at 1395m N42.50568 E0.37611 – indeed, I slept the night there. The pista is still drivable beyond there until 1535m N42.50785 E.036987 and there is space for a couple of vehicles. But you couldn’t get a 4X4 much further.
The path then winds through some woods – if you are bored with the path I wouldn’t stray too far to the right, the next view of a tree see will, momentarily at least, be its canopy way below you.
The path follows the cliff edge in the wood and then rises up to a ridge where there is a view of the Sierra Sardanera and then it is down to a pretty little glacial lake, Ibon de Armena (1830m) N42.51529 E036987. ... the unlocked/unguarded quaint looking Refugio de Armena .. The refugio is very nice inside – with mattresses, comprehensive first aid cupboard and a radio link to the Civil Guard.
I walked up the Circo de Armena which alternates between grass, scree, rocks and patches of late snow with a steep finish to the Collado de Cotiella (2670m) 42.50808 E0.32308. ...
From this point to the summit it is all loose stone, rocks and scree – if you are planning to go there in a group it might be a good idea to wear helmets. I certainly dislodged several large stones.
For the ascent I followed a ‘path’ that traverse right across a wide circo to the Collado de la Colladeta (2715m) N42.50853 E0.31696 and then zigzagged through more scree and rocks to the trig topped summit with tremendous views all round.
For the descent I took a more direct and straight course towards the first collado missing out the long traverse. Although a steeper way it wasn’t any worse than the ascent route. From the collado I more or less reversed the overall ascent route,...
19.87km, 2139m total ascent
My GPS track has too many points to load here
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