Winter ascents

Posted in Mountain climbing

Escalada en hieloThe surroundings of the National Park are considered as Mediterranean high mountains, where winter time can show its hardest side, accumulating snow and ice that allow all kinds of typically alpine ascents. Climbing channels, ridges, shovels, icy walls, etc. are attractive for mountaineers. Plenty of itineraries that, depending on how winter comes, could be more or less technical, attractive and even dangerous.

This page is only intended to give a brief notice on where the main points in which to practice these modalities are, as well as some basic recommendations for safety and maintenance, since there is a great number of specific publications collecting broadly the trails and ascents.

The conditions of the Sierra de Guadarrama in terms of climatology, orography, orientation, prevailing winds, etc. can turn these friendly mountains range into an authentic alpine landscape, dramatically changing from one week to another or within one single day. It is therefore essential not to underestimate the Guadarrama, to acknowledge our limits, to get the appropriate material (and to know how to use it) and to be prepared for unexpected changes that may happen. Unfortunately, almost every year accidents occur, sometimes with the worst of the consequences, either due to these sport activities vicissitudes or derived from overconfidence or inexperience. Not only is the own integrity of the practitioner put at risk, but also the one of the search and rescue teams. Therefore, the National Park highlights the need of following safety advice and recommendations, planning the session and not underestimate the harshness of winter and Guadarrama.

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