Shelter - Refugio Cabaña Verónica
The Verónica cabin is a small mountain refuge located in the municipality of Camaleño (Cantabria, Spain), at 2325 meters above sea level in the foothills of the Pico Tesorero, in the Central Massif of the Picos de Europa. Its name comes from that of one of the daughters of Conrado Sentíes, its promoter and architect.
It is open between Easter and October 12, has a capacity for six seats in bunk beds and is owned by the Cantabrian Mountain Sports and Climbing Federation. It is equipped with food, a gas stove, first aid kit, a special stretcher for evacuation of victims, a radio station belonging to Civil Protection and a meteorological station of the National Parks Network. There is no nearby water source.
This peculiar refuge-bivouac, of only 9 m², is well known among the mountaineers of the Picos de Europa, being, until 2007, the highest preserved refuge in the Iberian Peninsula.
Created at the request of the engineer Conrado Sentíes and his friend, the architect Luis Pueyo, it was inaugurated on August 13, 1961 and was built using the metal dome from the anti-aircraft battery of the USS Palau aircraft carrier, which was being scrapped in Sestao ( Vizcaya) It took seven days to assemble the pieces that were mounted on the back of a horse.
For years the state of abandonment made it a ruin and even suffered a fire, coming to think then of its demolition, although it was finally restored.