Naranjo de Bulnes

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El Naranjo de Bulnes (Picu Urriellu) is one of the foremost mountains in Spain. Its illustrious history, along with the tragic events surrounding the first winter attempts on the 500m West Face, have made the 'Matterhorn of Spain' a household name. Indeed, such is its fame inside Spain, that it seems quite remarkable that until recently it should have been so poorly known beyond. Almost without exception, the rock is an excellent, grey, mountain limestone, where water-worn grooves (canalizos), solution pockets, or finger pockets (hueveras) are often the answer to apparently blank walls and slabs. Friction is invariably superb, although due to the compact nature of the rock natural protection is sometimes hard to find. Bolts have alleviated this problem to some extent, but on some routes long run-outs are still to be expected. More than 50 routes, from French 5 to 8a, will keep any visitor happy for a few days at least. The West wall, towering impressively over the new hut, is the most coveted mountain wall in the Iberian Peninsula.

Elevation (feet): 8,264
Elevation (meters): 2,519
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
Range/Region: Cordillera Cantabrica
Latitude: 43.180271
Longitude: -4.832096
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
First successful climber(s): Pedro Pidal, + Gregorio Perez
Nearest major airport: Ranon (Asturias)
Convenient Center: Arenas de Cabrales

Thanks to Robin Walker for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Naranjo de Bulnes.

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  • Log #16400 - by Antonio Polanco on Sep 17, 2003
    I recommend strongly. relatively easy and marvellous place and sights!
  • Log #8930 - by Jonathan Keegan on June 13, 2002
    Climbed West face with Harry Venables, the classic Rabada Navarro. We free climbed it to the big ledges by the escape route, but progress became slow and the Spanish teams Were chanting us, so we let...