Quemao Viejo is located behind a south-facing cliff of about 60 meters high. After a five minutes walk uphill you’ll find yourself staring at this massive formation, called ” Peñarrubia” ( The Blond Crag):
I must admit that the photos in this post may not be as good as they could. You won’t be able to tell how big it is untill you see it with your own eyes. The only point of reference is the pine trees at the bottom, which reach about three meters ( more difficult to see, the tiny black spots near the top, are crows).
As per the practice of climbing, there are several things to take into consideration:
- The whole area is a ZEPA ( in Spanish ” Zona de Especial Proteccion para las Aves”_ Area for special protection of birds). So, It wouldn’t surprise me if climbing were prohibited. In another post I will put some photos of birds that I saw in the top of the cliff. I don’t have a telephoto lens for my camera, so I can only zoom in the photos and see the shadows, but I believe I photographed some ( among a big population of crows) vultures.
- Another thing to consider is the Mountaineering Federation of Murcia, that should be contacted for any climbing activity and advice in the area. I need more info here.
- Also, there is need to keep in mind the chances of evacuation in the event of an accident. Quemao Viejo may be considered a remote area, so emergency contact numbers need to be at hand and local authority should be informed of your location. As you can imagine, paying for an accident rescue mission in the mountains is extremely expensive, so it is better to have an insurance covering risk sports.
I was told once that the rock of the formation is not adequate for climbing. But I am not an expert, and would support anybody wanting to visit and take a look.
In any case, the area is worth visiting, and a walk by the wall is really a joy with beautiful views.
The next two photos are small walls near the main cliff. Maybe they could be used for the practice of bouldering.