We continue our development in this quiet area with 3 scrambling routes in this fascinating mountain area just north of Granada and the Sierra Nevada.

Approach is via Cogollas Vega just off the A92 north of Granada. We have climbed and scrambled on the Peñon de la Mata for some time now and it is our favourite rocky mountain. The summit slopes provide superb situations for confident and capable scramblers.

The new routes we did yesterday consisted of a Grade 2 on the NE face, a simple Grade 1 descent across the SW face followed by completion of the right arm of the western ridge (3S) (we did the left arm in May). This was followed by a new way to the top from the SW (3). All in all, 5 hours of scrambling on excellent rock with long routes (although the descent across the SW face was a bit contrived with some sections of walking). All good fun though!

We had a strong party so, although we had a rope, it was not required. The rock is generally very good and clean although the first route of the day in the NE sector was in shadow and had some greasy rock.

Go and explore or join us on some of our scrambling trips and explorations here. There are other areas to go at in the Sierra de Huetor, but they are few and far between and the routes tend to be loose and scrappy. Our guides are by far the most experienced and knowledgeable about the scrambling in these areas. Let us know if you want some advice about the routes, some ideas or just want a fun day out with us!

Perfect scrambling terrain
Perfect scrambling terrain
Typical scrambling on Penon de la Mata
Typical scrambling on Penon de la Mata
An exposed traverse onto the west ridge
An exposed traverse onto the west ridge
On the north face
On the north face
A short but steep chimney with plenty of holds
A short but steep chimney with plenty of holds
Richard on the northern side
Richard on the northern side
Can be made as easy or as difficult as one wishes
Can be made as easy or as difficult as one wishes
Ian Tupman gets to grips with the rock!
Ian Tupman gets to grips with the rock!
Sat admiring the wonderful views east to the Sierra de Huetor
Sat admiring the wonderful views east to the Sierra de Huetor