Naranjo de Bulnes Trip, Picos de Europa

We have just returned from a brilliant trip to the Picos de Europa.  The focus was to climb the impressive Naranjo de Bulnes, a tower of rock and one of the most sought after peaks in Spain and one which is only accessible to climbers.  We had great weather for this and enjoyed a temperature inversion from the summit and some great climbing and mountaineering.

First glimpse of the Naranjo as the mist cleared

First glimpse of the Naranjo as the mist cleared

While not on the Naranjo we enjoyed other great mountaineering routes, such as the La Rosa Spur on the Cueto Pampin and the alpine rock face of the Fresnidiello, a big wall leading to a ridge and peak set in spectacular surroundings.

The Picos is a brilliant place to go climbing and mountaineering with routes suitable for all levels of experience, we look forward to going back!

For details of this trip see – Picos Trip



The Refugio and Naranjo behind

On the classic Martinez route, Naranjo south face

On the classic Martinez route, Naranjo south face


On the Martinez Route


The summit ridge


The summit

The abseil descent

The abseil descent


The Fresnidiello


Los Ojales on the Fresnidiello


Ridge to Fresnidiello summit



Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’