Photographer's Note

The prominent peak on the left is Naranjo de Bulnes (Picu Urriellu in Asturianu), with 2519 m not the highest but the most famous peak in Picos de Europa. Presumably its fame comes from the fact that, as opposite to the numerous higher peas, it is visible and easily recognizable from many spots in the surrounding valleys. Additionally, it does not have a normal route leading to the top and is a well-known target for rock climbers. Somewhere at the base of the mountain, immediately left of a y-shaped snow patch can be seen Refugio Vega de Urriellu (1.953 m, officially called Refugio Julian Delgado Úbeda), which is permanently staffed and can sleep 96. I was coming from Refugio Jou de los Cabrones which is much smaller and more pleasant, and the large rock climbing hub which is Vega de Urriellu, where two huge nets full of garbage were waiting to be picked up by helicopter didn't appeal to me. Although I had planned to spend the night there, I changed my mind and continued on the way down to the village of Bulnes.
The image was taken from the top of Brecha de Los Cazadores, with less then ideal lighting conditions. The weather had taken a turn for the worse and in another couple of hours this area was swallowed by a storm.

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Additional Photos by Roland Roesler (Roly) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 546 W: 9 N: 436] (2024)
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