Monday, December 4, 2017

Picu Urriellu

The Naranjo de Bulnes (known as Picu Urriellu in Asturian) is a limestone peak dating from the paleozoic era, located in the Macizo Central region of the Picos de Europa, Asturias (Spain).
The mountain was first scaled from the north face (by the route now known as the Vía Pidal) in 1904 by Pedro Pidal y Bernaldo de Quirós, marqués de Villaviciosa de Asturias, accompanied by the shepherd Gregorio Perez, called "El Cainejo" from his place of birth, Caín in León.
The German geology professor and expert mountain climber Gustav Schulze made the second ascent of Urriellu in 1906, also from the north face, making him the first man to make the climb solo.
By the same face and route as Pidal, Victor Martínez Campillo a local of the nearby town of Bulnes, made the ascent on 31 August 1916 and on 13 August 1944, two sons of Victor Martínez (Alfonso and Juan with beret on photo) opened the route on the south face known as the "Vía Sur" or the "Martínez Direct Line".

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