La Torezuela 2322m one of the many peaks in the Western Massif of the Picos de Europa
|Pasture land just above the lakes|
This is the view from Cotalba 2026m where you can see the grassier lower slopes and the more rocky higher land.
For many of the peaks there is the danger of falling stones from fellow climbers (particularly when climbing up gulleys) so it is best to wear a helmet if you want to climb these high peaks.
|The stoney landscape in the higher peaks|
|Getting up and down can be quite challenging! On the way down from Torre Santa Maria de Enol 2480m (the second highest peak in the Western Massiff)|
|Looking at Torre Santa Maria de Enol from the summit of the Canal Parda 2350m|
|Mountaineers post boxes are often found on the summits where mountaineers leave cards stating the route they have climbed, the date and the weather conditions|
|Peña Santa 2596m the highest of the Peaks in the western massiff, as seen from Vega Huerta|
|People often do strange things when the reach the summit, like here on the summit of Piedrasllenguas 2295m|
|The view towards the central massiff from the summit of Piedrasllenguas|
|Chamois are very often present at these higher altitudes, carefully watching what you do.|
To reach the summit of some peaks involves scrambling along an aerial crest like on this one; La Roblliza 2227m
|The aerial crest up to the summit of La Robliza, not for everybody!!|
Depending on the year even in late summer there can still be some snow on the sides of the higher peaks (Photo of Torre Santa Maria de Enol taken mid august)
|The same peak (Torre Santa Maria de Enol) taken in mid feburary|
But if reaching the high peaks in late summer is challenging, reaching them in winter is even more so!
Enjoy the mountains, but take care!!