Rabado-Navarro: Pitch-by-pitch

So as promised here is a full description of the Rabada-Navarro on Naranjo de Bulnes. We had a hard time finding good information in English, so I hope this may be useful. This is how we did it, but pitches may be split or joined as you see fit, depending on your rope length.

TD 6a+  A2 / 6c free
E2 5c ****
Naranjo de Bulnes (Picu Uriellu) west Face
Picos de Europa
Allow 10-12hrs, plus 2 for descent
Sun from ~1400 in summer Continue reading “Rabado-Navarro: Pitch-by-pitch”

Beautiful Suffering : Rabada-Navarro

Well, the weather crapped out for a few days, cloud base down to the level of the cable base-station, mountains invisible. Seb and I retreated to to the now familiar Cueto Agero and found it cloud free, a good length of warm-up route at last! Seb got to teach me some about brakes, too as my newly replaced rear pads started to smoke alarmingly on the long downhills. Calipers and piston stripped, pads sanded and re-assembled by the road. Touch wood they’re doing fine since!

Then with days dwindling we headed around to the more recommended (Sotres) approach to Picu Uriellu (Naranjo de Bulnes) – the real thing. Continue reading “Beautiful Suffering : Rabada-Navarro”