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Gredos The Peeled Unknown

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In those days when you decide to go for a walk in the mountains, but looking for new sensations. Those peaks where someone is on the road is strange, mainly because of the lack of it or how uncomfortable it can be to cross certain sections. All this is what we will find when ascending The Peeled, in the part of the Sierra de Gredos most forgotten, very close to the well-known town of Ávila boat.

Gredos The Peeled Unknown

El Pelado is a mountain of 2225m of altitude located in the Sierra de Gredos, specifically at the foot of the small town of Navalguijo. This town is linked by a narrow road that joins it with other villages ending in Ávila boat. Reaching it is not difficult, just be guided by a road that leads to Navalonguilla and deviate towards Navalguijo. From here there is no loss, the road ends in this town and to return we will have no choice but to take the way there.

After crossing a stream that borders the town we can leave the car parked without problems. From here we will start our route. I do not recommend introducing the car into the town since the streets are very narrow. Be careful with the indications that you can find, those that exist belong only to the route of The Laguna de los Caballeros, for Peeling there are no indications.

The route

Starting a little crazy, on the right side of town following the stream that descends from the San Migue Gorgel, we began to catch height quickly. First we will cross several cattle farms, passing through areas with enough vegetation until we end up in the gorge at the foot of a beautiful waterfall.


Waterfall

It was the month of April, and for now we have not stepped on snow, but there are enough ice remains at the foot of the waterfall. After this, we began to step on the first layers of snow, somewhat uncomfortable being the road plagued with jaras.

After this section, we have our first direct view of the Bare. As you can see in the following photo, we still have a way to go, but following the path was simple, it was enough to skirt the mountain at its highest parts.


The Peeled

The jaras returned to make an appearance, and not having the way and even less footsteps of other mountaineers, the road became more difficult and exhausting. It just passed through our heads to reach the rope of the mountain and who knows ... stepping on something harder comes.


The Peeled

Well, no, dreams on the mountain are not always fulfilled and less in the month of April when the thaw has begun. The sinking footprint after footprint reminds me of those snow rackets I left lazy in the trunk of the car. Who will catch them now !!


The Peeled

And finally the hard snow arrived !!! what a relief. Time to put on crampons and start the final ascent with the toughest slopes. This was the most beautiful part of the entire route, because although from the photo you can not see, the views from our back were overwhelming.

Finally the prize came, and we crowned the Bare. From here we have a Super-B view of the Covacha, theLaguna de la Nava and theCorral del Diablo. Time to pause and have a snack several degrees below zero.


Peeling Summit

It touches the descent and the first thing that comes to my mind is a NO, with respect to reusing the way back. Let's experiment and take the rope that goes to Navalguijo eastward. Option that came to us that neither painted, much more comfortable and in which sooner or later you will end up on a dirt track that will leave you in the village.


The Peeled

Practical data

When to go?

Personally I think it is a mountain to visit during Winter or Spring. In summer it is better to visit any of the Lagoons of the Region. However, some experience in High Mountain is required when it is snowed.

How to get?

Since Ávila boat you must take the detour to Navalonguilla. If this is not well marked, I recommend using a map or GPS, since there are many villages that can confuse you.

Another option oftransport If you come from further away, it is to go to Goeuro, a website specialized in transport in Europe.

What to wear

It depends on the season, but the route does not have a road and water is scarce in most of it. Winter material such as crampons and ice ax is necessary from November to the end of April. In summer wear long pants ... but you will return with a few scratches.

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