03-11-2011, 09:40 PM
Latest Mountain Conditions from the Poqueira Refugio
This weeks snowfall and bad weather in the Sierra Nevada ahs inevitably changed things. Poqueira hut guardian, Rafael Quintero reports on the latest mountain conditions and access routes. Thanks to the Rafael Quintero and CampoBase for providing the information. View the original report in Spanish including some great photos.
Report dated Friday March 11th.
From last night until now have accumulated between 30 and 40 cm of new snow in our environment. It snowed at about 1900 meters and then it has been raining so the snow level has risen to about 2400 elevation.
To come walking to the hut we recommend the route via the Cebadilla Power Station. You do not meet snow until the Acequia Baja. We recommend the use of snowshoes, and that will be useful for the Acequia Alta to the Refugio and almost essential from here up. Of course also ice axe and crampons.
We discourage you to come walking via the Acequia Alta due to the amount of snow that has accumulated in the last section of the Acequia.
For skis, we can drive up to the Acequia Alta below the Hoya del Portillo and thence to Puerto Molina ski up (by the firewall or in the woods, depending on the snow) and go for the Alto del Chorrillo then drop down to the refuge. These days the route will be very long due to all the new snow accumulated, so assess the possibility of coming via Cebedilla also, carrying skis halfway, approx. for about 2 hours.
Caution in the area of the high peaks as many slopes have been accumulated over a foot of new snow.
Enjoy the mountains safely and choose good routes, not to mention look at the weather forecast.
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