Winter mountaineering on the knife edge pinnacles of Los Raspones, Sierra Nevada

A report of a superb winter mountaineering route in Spain’s Sierra Nevada along the long alpine ridge of Los Raspones, graded AD, accessible from Capileira. The route is not done often, even by the spanish (we know of only 1 other british party that have done the full ridge traverse in winter), so decided it was high time to go and “take a look”.

The following was sent in by Sierra Nevada “afficionado” and team member, Ian Tupman

“I have done some ...

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Climbing Veleta in the autumn

Tim Salter from Australia went up Veleta a few days ago with our guide Luis. He says………

“We had a great day. It was freezing on the way up (snowing for most of the way) and on top, but the sun came out as we headed down. Luis was fantastic, we went up to and down from the summit on very interesting routes, and after the hike he took me down to his village and we had a great traditional Spanish ...

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Still enjoying climbing Mulhacén in a whiteout!

Report from our guide, Jens Foell as he ascends the highest mountain in mainland Spain in poor weather conditions.

The weather forecast was looking pretty bad. Rain, rain, and yet more rain for the whole week. But Xavier Wang had come all the way from Singapore to climb Mulhacen, at 3482m the highest peak in mainland Spain. So we set off regardless, knowing we were in for a battle with the elements, and walked up to the Refugio Poqueira along the ...

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Sky to Sea, Mountains to the Mediterranean

What better way to contrast the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada than with a few days at sea? As a mountaineer on a yacht I get that same feeling of wildness and remoteness, of being held in the grasp of natural forces, that I get when I am in the mountains.

We recently met the very amiable Juan Carlos Garcia. He has been a yacht master for many years and combines his love of the sea with his affection for ...

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A walk up the peak of La Concha in the Sierra Blanca

Just half an hours drive from the busy Costa del Sol and you are in a different world where some great walking and hiking opportunities exist far above the sparkling waters of the mediterranean. Today we were climbing up La Concha (1243m), which is really an interesting series of lumps on a long rocky ridge far above the sea.

Drive north from Marbella towards Monda and a few kilometres past the town of ...

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How to gain quick access to the northern Sierra Nevada mountains

If you are looking for a good, quick access route to the northern Sierra Nevada mountains then we suggest you try out the Loma de Papeles route to the superbly situated Refugio Peña Partida. We recently revisited this old favorite as part of a search to see the rare Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture). It is a simple, pleasant walk along a gentle ridgeline with superlative views towards the northern faces of the Sierra Nevada including the big 3, namely Mulhacén, Veleta ...

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Sizzling under a hot Tabernas desert sun!

A day walk in the Tabernas Deserts

Sometimes you can get caught out by the weather, normally bad weather. But this time the weather was good, too good! Our day trek in the Tabernas desert badlands of Almeria turned into a very hot walk indeed.

Due to the heat we don’t normally visit the deserts from mid-June to mid-September. But at the beginning of September the fierce heat of the spanish summer had given ...

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The Paso de los Guias, Sierra Nevada

The Paso de los Guias is a spectacular shortcut path cutting through a rockface in the Sierra Nevada and requiring a good steady head for heights.

Links the Refugio Cariguela south of Veleta to the Paso de los Machos. It provides a quick by pass of the main track, cutting off a substantial zig zag in the old track, saving 15 minutes walking. Starts at a cairn at the first right bend below the Refugio de Cariguela if going west to ...

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An unusual route to the top of Alcazaba, third highest peak in the Sierra Nevada

As Alcazaba (the “Fortress”) is nearly surrounded by cliffs most trekkers take the simplest route from the South East. For those with a spirit of adventure and a head for heights there are better routes. We revisited a route last week that makes a quality day’s trekking to the summit of this fine peak.

Alcazaba has been a favorite of ours for many years. Why? Well, it is quiet due to it’s remoteness and also makes a fine viewpoint for much ...

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Is this the most scary walking and trekking path in Spain?

We recently came across a little know way through some big cliff scenery in the Sierra Nevada. Not technical, just walking, but in an amazingly exposed situation needing a good head for heights. It’s called the “Veredón Inferior”.

It really is quite strange how there are so few references to this track on the internet. In fact, just one report in spanish giving a vague idea of what to expect was discovered. It had a warning …….. “don’t fall off or ...

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