10-20-2009, 12:22 PM
What guarded or unguarded huts and refuges are there?
Refugio de Ventura
Ruin, but good bivouac shelter. 20 mins via trailhead above Lanjaron
Refugio de Cerrillo Redondo
Ruin. Hoya del Zorro
Is one of the forest shelters built early this century, during the work of reforestation and collection of storm waters. It is built of stone with a single nave and dome-shaped roof . The hut Is further up than the source of the Lanjaron River.
Refugio de Caballo
Bivouac Hut sleeps 10. Next to Laguna de Caballo
Small shelter semi cylindrical, domed. It is rectangular and is constructed in masonry. It may be difficult to fit 8 or 10 people. It is located about 2850 meters above sea level, and is often used as a bivouac.
It is open all year, you just have to push the door, which this year has come off its hinges. You do not have any furniture, it is necessary to carry all the equipment for sleeping and cooking.
In winter snow often penetrate the interior, so if the temperature rises above0, the floor becomes a big puddle. You can find water in the Laguna del Caballo, a few meters from the refuge.
Roomy bivouac shelter. SW of Tajos de la Virgen ridge
The Elorrieta Refuge is located at 3.187m above sea level, between the Tosal Cartujo and Tajos of the Virgin, in a place that winter is continuously covered with snow and swept by strong winds. It was built between the years 1931 and 1933 and christened with that name in honour of Director General de Montes D. Octavio Elorrieta.
It was the most ambitious of a network of shelters that were designed in the 30s in the Lanjaron river valley, and the only one that was built according to plan. It had central heating, installation of water and power for lighting. Constructively it consists of two parts, a domed outside and dug into rock, with a set of galleries dug by pick and covered with a vault of bricks and tiles.
The temperature differences here between the seasons caused problems and the roof was in particularly bad shape in places. Time and vandalism have done everything else. Soon it was completely dismantled: missing doors, windows, heaters, water pipes, lighting ... even the most complete ruin. By mid-century and even in the 60s it was partially rebuilt. Three restored rooms with bunk beds, living room with fireplace, kitchen, bathroom and services.
However at present is again dismal state of conservation, but can always be useful for shelter from inclement weather. You can use the lounge, which has a table with benches, and a couple of rooms with bunk beds, but no mattresses.
The door fits well, and closes with latch. You can find water in the nearby Laguna de Lanjaron summer (about 15 min.) Or half hour descent in Lagunillas de la Virgen.
Good state. Hut with wooden bunks sleeps 20. Col de Cariguela S of Veleta Refugio Vadillo
Poor shelter, partly ruined. Rio Genil, Vadillo confluence
Partly ruined but adequate shelter. Cuesta del Calvario above Rio Genil
Good state. Sleeps around 10. Approach from the Rio Genil and Vadillo (see above)Cueva Secreta
Overhanging rock shelter. Lower Valdeinfiernos valley, Genil
Natural shelters, walls and outcrops. Next to Laguna Hondera Sieta Lagunas
Refugio de Caldera
Good state. Hut with wooden bunks sleeps 20. E of Laguna de la Caldera
Guarded Hut - winter quarters open. Firebreak main route to Picon de Jeres
Ruin. Head of Lanjaron valley
Forest shelter built at the beginning of the century, during the 20 years, serving as support for programs in forestry and revegetation in the Sierra Nevada. It is built of coarse masonry, is a single nave and the dome-shaped roof.
It is located on the right bank of the river Lanjaron, at an altitude of 2840 meters and under the ridgeline of Tajos Altos. Has capacity for 8 people. Very near there is the "Laguna Bolands .
Refugio de Poqueira
Guarded Hut - 84 beds. Very good. Open all year. Just SE of the Rio Mulhacen at 2500m.
More information from the Federacion Andaluza Montanismo (FAM) at http://www.fedamon.com/
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