Skiing the Bear

One of the most beautiful mountains in  the Guadarrama range, in my obviously subjective opinion, is Peña del Oso in the Mujer Muerta group.

El Oso, rising above the valley of Río Moros

El Oso, rising above the valley of Río Moros

El Oso is probably also one of the least visited summits of Guadarrama due to the fact that there is simply no easy way to get to it. Not because of any technical difficulty but because it makes for a long day however you approach it. From a Cercedilla point of view this peak is on “the other side” of the mountains, but even if you are on the other side in Segovia there is still no quick access. In Winter  – or Spring after a good Winter with lots of snow – moving on skis can facilitate things a little but it’s still a long hike from Puerto de Navacerrada.

Getting closer to El Oso, the South-East face of the beast.

Getting closer to El Oso, the South-East face

A factor which increases the attractiveness of El Oso is that the South-East face of the beast offers a magnificent descent of up to 400m vertical. So, feeling energetic the other day, i set out for the Bear of Guadarrama and reached the summit mid-afternoon. Sunny Spring conditions prevailed and, despite the late hour, the ski down the South-East in deep humid snow was indeed very fine.

Very visible descent of the Bear, even from kilometers away

Very visible descent of the Bear, even from kilometers away

Being able to look back and see my tracks so clearly certainly made the long trek home a little lighter!

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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  1. Pingback: Skiing and solitude in Río Moros Valley | coldspringdays

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