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Riglos

Pamplona bound.

The next day’s forecast was calling for rain. Based on our experience from May, a 40% chance was a sure bet in Riglos. We woke up late, enjoyed the great pastries and good coffee in a bakery in Ayerbe and then drove three hours up north to Pamplona. We walked around town for half a day including the stretch of narrow streets where they run the bulls. We drove back and spent the rest of the day checking out nearby villages, including the nearby Aguero with its own set of (relatively) miniature towers. We flipped through the guidebook trying to decide what to climb next.

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Espolon del Adamelo

Espolon del Adamelo.

Our third day, we went for an easy line up a ridge just right of Pison, Espolon del Adamelo. Seven pitches with nothing harder than 5c. Fun, low-stress sort of climbing that joins up with the same finishing pitch of two days prior. This time however, instead of rappelling right away, we followed the three-pitch (5c) Normal Route to the summit of The Pison. A spacious meadow a thousand feet above the village with amazing views of the nearby Fire and Visera formations and the Aragon countryside.

Photos

Riglos

Starting our drive to Pamplona (Sept. 2010).

Pamplona

Welcome to Pamplona (Sept. 2010).

Pamplona

Pamplona (Sept. 2010).

Pamplona

A market in Pamplona (Sept. 2010).

Pamplona

Pamplona (Sept. 2010).

Pamplona

Pamplona (Sept. 2010).

Mallos De Aguero

Mallos De Aguero formations above the village by the same name.  Close to Riglos (Sept. 2010).

Mallos De Aguero

Mallos De Aguero (Sept. 2010).

Mallos De Aguero

Looks pretty good (Sept. 2010).

Riglos

Back in Riglos. El Pison and El Puro. Click photo for some route overlays (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Starting up the nice Espolon del Adamelo route in Riglos (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Higher on the opening pitch (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley following the opening pitch (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley at the first belay (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Starting up pitch 2 (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Pitch 2 (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Starting up pitch 3 of Espolon del Adamelo (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Looking back at Shirley from the lead of pitch 3 (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley leading pitch 4 (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley at the fourth belay (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Espolon del Adamelo pitch 5 (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley topping out on pitch 5 (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Starting up pitch 6 (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Pitch 6 I think (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley topping out on pitch 6 (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Starting up the Normal Route – bound for the summit of El Pison (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley at the col atop Espolon Del Adamelo route as seen from the start of the Normal Route on El Pison (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Higher on the first pitch of the Normal Route (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Some views (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Nearing the first belay (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Shirley following the first pitch of the Normal Route route on El Pison (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Off route on pitch 2 (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Shirley looking for the proper pitch 2 start (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

At the pitch 1 belay (Sept. 20120).

Normal Route

Starting up pitch 3 of Normal Route (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Shirley arriving on the summit of El Pison (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Some wanker on the summit with Mallo Fire in the background (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Mallo Fire from the summit of El Pison (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Shirley at the summit cairn (Sept. 2010).

Normal Route

Shirley rapping off (Sept. 2010).

Espolon del Adamelo

Shirley back at the base (Sept. 2010).

Mosquitos

La Visera (Sept. 2010).

Mosquitos

Unknown party atop El Trono on the Mosquitos route on La Visera (Sept. 2010).

Mosquitos

A party doing the shorter version of Mosquitos (which we had done as well; Sept. 2010).

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