Albahida is the striking, steep ridge line rising up out of the big amphitheater of Sa Gubia.
Easily visible to the west as one travels north on the Ma-11 from Palma to Sóller, the Albahida aręte is visible down and left of the pointy summit of the peak across the valley from Bunyola and splits the massive west facing wall of Cara Oeste and the complex Sector Bomberos.
This sector contains the single most popular and classic moderate ridge climb on the island, its namesake, Albahida. As well, there’s a number of popular variations (Quan es fa fosc and Gubia Variente) and a harder steeper route Supernova, Spits ‘n Giggles, just left of the lower angle aręte.
Follow the dry riverbed of the Torrent de la Blanca s'Alquar described in the main approach to Sa Gubia.
Near the looming Sector’s Excalibur and Isla Bonita, take the trail up towards those steep sectors and continue around the bottom of the amphitheater to the dry creek bed and the base of the Albahida ridge.
Approach takes around 40 minutes from a carpark on the highway.
Viewed from a distance or, close up, the distinctive aręte of Albahida just begs to have a classic route on its steep, exposed spine of rock. And...it does! Bonus for modest climbers or those seeking an “escalade plaisir” day that the route is within the means of most abilities.Getting started: locate the base of the ridge. The lower angle ramp leading up to a green bushy stance is the first pitch.Pitch 1: scramble up the low angle ridge aiming for the enclosed ledge between bushes...[more]Browse More Classics in International