The world has strange places, places that seem to be carved by the skillful, style-laden hand of someone unknown. It is the case of Mallos de Riglos, those striking and wonderful geological formations that are in Spain.
All the mallos have their name and of course the whole area invites you to practice mountain activities, So if you like to be outdoors and challenge your skills or just enjoy unforgettable landscapes, how about taking a walk around Huesca and do you know the Mallos de Riglos?
The Mallos de Riglos
They are located in the town of Riglos, province of Huesca. You find them just 45 kilometers from the city of Huesca itself in the pre-Pyrenees. Riglos is a charming town built on the bank of the Gállego River, one of the main tributaries of the Ebro and almost 194 kilometers long. There are barely 50 people living here, so there are always more tourists or climbers than inhabitants, but fortunately that has not taken away from the kindness of the treatment.
Obviously the main attraction of Riglos is the bad guys. Geologists say that these peculiar elevations were formed as a result of the elevation of the Pyrenees and they are composed of sediments of boulders, sand and gravel.
It seems that when the mountain range was created, erosion caused large amounts of material to be dragged by river beds towards the Ebro but they were deposited and sedimented there. The gigantic tanks eventually rose and they were carved by wind and water erosion until they took on the present form, so full of chimneys.
As we said at the beginning there are many mallos and each one has its own name. In some cases these refer to their resemblance to something (Knife, Screw, Visor), to people who have climbed them, or to the old houses of Riglos such as Pisón and Firé. We can group them into three large groups: the large, small and so-called Fils.
Between the big bad they highlight the Ram, the Pure, the Firé with five points, the Castilla, the Knives, well sharpened, the Fly, the Visor, the Frechín and the Water, for example. Between the small baddies are the Herrera, La Magdalena, El Colorado, El Chichín Red water, the Capable or the Cored, for example.
On the other hand is the Massif d'os Fils, of horizontal stratification with the Peña don Justo, the Screw and the Screw, And the Wall of the Vultures, sometimes called Mallo Arcaz. The truth is that whatever is wonderful. All the mallos of Riglos are impressive because its vertical walls can reach 300 meterss and the place where they are located decorates the postcard even more because they are located next to the town and the course of the Gállego river itself. They are not to believe.
This type of place naturally attracts those who love mountain climbing or nature in general. The attraction was born in the XNUMXth century but is still very much alive today. And the best thing is that to climb some mallos it is not necessary to be a skilled climber or mountaineer as some can climb on foot. This is the case of the Mallo del Agua, the Paredón de los Buitres, the Melchor Frechín, the Visera or the Massif d'os Fils.
Climbing the Mallos de Riglos
The bad guys they have several routes of different difficulties but you have to be in good physical condition. The roads of the mallos, their equipment, they are quite variable (There are some super modern and others rather classic), so if you plan to climb one, it is advisable to inform yourself well beforehand so as not to find surprises.
Between the bad ones you can climb are the following: Mallo Fire (has two ways), The visor (with a single track), the Mallo Melchor Frechín (with four tracks), the Mallo Piso with four tracks), the Colorado, it is worth knowing that it is one of the easiest and smallest mallos, and with several routes of more than 120 meters very well equipped, and the Red Needle with its 150 meters with its track. This mallón and the Colorado are the most popular among climbers who prefer low altitude.
There are two shelters where you can sleep or rest or set up camp. One is the Gómez Laguna refuge which is located at the very entrance of the Riglos hamlet. This accommodation has a bar and cafeteria open all day, offers lunch and dinner and has a children's menu. In addition, it has a nice terrace with a glorious panoramic view. If you visit the website of this refuge, take advantage and see the online webcam to see the baddies. Every hour is updated!
What are the rates for this 2018? Rent complete equipment for via ferratas at 15 euros and each individual item for 5 euros. A rental equipment has anchor lines with sink, helmet and harness. Showers are charged 3 euros between 9 am and 8 pm. In terms of accommodation itself, it offers two types of rooms, one with eight beds with bunk beds and two double rooms. They include sheets, blanket and heating.
On the other hand, in addition to this refuge there is a campsite: Camping Armalygal. It is a sustainable, ecological campsite with bungalows, pool, bar and restaurant. It is in Murillo de Gállego, in Zaragoza and charges 5 euros per adult for the camping, per night, and 95 euros for the four-person bungalow. VAT included.
Getting to Riglos is very easy. The village is located between Murillo de Gállego and Ayerbe, in the province of Huesca, and can be reached by going along the National 240, taking the detour at kilometer 250.