Anboto

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Anboto
Amboto.jpg
Anboto seen from the south.
Elevation 1,331 m (4,367 ft)
Prominence 734 m (2,408 ft)
Location
Location Biscay, Spain
Range Basque mountains
Coordinates 43°05′20.70″N 02°35′43.31″W / 43.0890833°N 2.5953639°W / 43.0890833; -2.5953639
Geology
Type Limestone
Climbing
Easiest route From the southern Urkiola pass (711 m)

Anboto (1331 m) is a limestone mountain of the Western Basque Country, the highest peak of the Urkiola range and not far from the pass of Urkiolamendi between Durango and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Description[edit]

An immense mass of limestone, very compact and of gray color, the mountain contains fossil remnants of massive prehistoric corals and large seashells.

The north face has impressive 1,000 m high cliffs, towering over the valley of Atxondo. The south face descends more smoothly toward the pass of Urkiolamendi, with less unevenness and by way of which the most popular routes of ascent to the summit are opened.

Its ascent, which can be carried out on any of its faces, requires in all cases certain care when passing next to the cliffs.

The Anboto is one of the most known and most characteristic summits of Biscay and of the Basque Country.

On its summit there is a geodesic vertex of second order [1].

Mythology[edit]

Anboto has always been related to magic and mythology. In a cave close to its summit, the legend tells us that Mari the Lady of Anboto has her main dwelling. Legend says that it is usual to see her in the mouth of the cave, on days of good weather, combing her pretty blond hair with a comb of gold in the sunshine. It is not rare either to see her spend nights as a great ball of fire in the sky above Anboto or toward other places of the Basque Country where she possesses dwellings like the nearby Oiz or Aizkorri. Depending on where she is found there will be good or bad weather.

Ascents[edit]

Anboto can be reached from a great number of places. From the north it is a 1,000 m ascent from the Atxondo valley. From Urkiolamendi the road begins at the famous sanctuary of San Antonio (730 m). From the valley of Atxarte begins the complete ascent of the crests, long but simple along Alluitz (1,034 m) and Anboto (1,331 m). From Otxandio (549 m) or Aramaio (312 m), stopping at the extensive and grassy hillock of Zabalaundi (896 m), where we sample one of Anboto's more captivating images, being able to climb here directly to the top passing near the caves of the Lady of Amboto and the Eye of Eskilar.

View of the crest of the Anboto from the north.

The most popular way consists of leaving from Urkiolamendi pass, to flank Mount Urkiolamendi (1,009 m) arriving at Asuntze (870 m), then climbing right under the summit, to the hillock Pagozelai (970 m) ascending its stony slopes (Arrueta) to the hillock of Agindi (1,227 m) just west of the summit.

The North face is a rocky 1,000 m climb that requires some rock climbing and can be very dangerous in bad weather conditions or ice.

Climbing Times:

  • Urkiolamendi (2h).
  • Atxarte (4h, up to the crest).
  • Atxarte (2h 30 m, by Asuntze).
  • Aramaio (3h).
  • Arrazola(2h 15 m, North face).
  • Arrazola (3h, by Zabalaundi).

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