La Galana

  • La Galana
  • Primary factor: tbd
  • 2572 m.
  • Primary factor 88 m.
  • Near Almanzor, Spain
  • Second highest in Sierra de Gredos.
  • Location: North 40:15.350, West 5:17.900
  • Difficulty: YDS class 3
  • Climbed September 1998


How to get there: The best access is from the hut Laola, see under Almanzor.
Route description: The trail from the hut Elola follows the trail to Almanzor, but then forks right up a rather narrow gorge partly filled with large boulders in the lower section. Higher up, the trail passes some very nice sections (a small valley) with grass and flowers. After a slightly steeper slope one gets onto the main ridge which is broad and gentle in this area. The next section of the trip goes through a small boulder field and ends abruptly, where a sharp cut separates the summit from the place you are standing. However, it is an easy climb down (about 20 meters) to the bottom of this characteristic gap, then a similar scramble up on the other side. The very last section looks hard, but a double ledge around on the left side and then easily to the top.
Comments: I traversed from Almanzor and returned down the trail to Laola after making this climb. The whole trip took about four hours with plenty of stops, photos and snacks. The trip is highly recommended.