Planning a weeks mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada mountains

What to think about when planning your self guided winter mountaineering trip to the Sierra Nevada in Spain. A multitude of factors have to be considered. We recently assisted a group led by David Spreadborough in enjoying a somewhat mixed weather week in these mountains. How did they go on?

The following article was originally posted by David on his interesting site at http://spreadys.wordpress.com/. Thanks to him for allowing us to reproduce below. The article gives important hints and information to ...

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A mountaineering traverse of the Raspones ridge in the Sierra Nevada

A recent report on a rare mountaineering traverse of the Raspones de Rio Seco in Spains Sierra Nevada by Gary Brown and his friends of the “Geezers of Croydon” MC. No idea if any Brit/Irish has done this before. Maybe a first British/Irish winter ascent?

“We reached the crest of the ridge around the 2767m mark, just before the start of the rocky peaks, within 90 minutes of leaving the Poqueira Hut. In the interest of moving quickly we decided to ...

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So what have we achieved in the Sierra Nevada so far this winter?

The first half of winter brings with it mainly difficult mountains conditions. High winds, low temperatures and deep snows become the norm. In 2010 we didn’t manage to ascend Mulhacen until late February, such was the ferocity and consistency of the bad weather. But, how have we fared this year?

The winter so far hasn’t been anything like as bad as the past one. Sure, we have had good snowfalls, but have had periods of settled weather in between. In these ...

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Experiencing all the seasons in one week of winter mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

Beth and Stephen from Leeds came to the Sierra Nevada with a clear idea of what they wanted to do: winter climbing and mountaineering. However, just after they arrived we met for a drink in Lanjaron: the sun was shining and it was 26C. Up in the mountains that meant the snow was melting fast, whilst the more sheltered North faces were still inaccessible to the high avalanche risk. So our first day climbing was spent in T-shirts ...

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Ice Climbing possibilities in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

If you like me thought the Sierra Nevada too devoid of water to provide much good ice climbing, then you will be pleasantly surprised. A new book by Antonio Jose Herrera and edited by Nevandasis S.L outlines locations throughout the Sierra Nevada that ice climbing can reliably be performed.

We have often climbed at the Cascada de los Milatares at the Hoya de la Mora above the ski centre, but had no idea that so many other locations were possible. The ...

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Surviving Patagonia 2010

A report from Kiersten Rowland about her harrowing experiences on the Patagonian Icecap in November 2010. Not exactly a sparkling advertisement for joining us back there in 2012!

Two taxis arrive to take us to the trailhead at Rio Electrico. From the trailhead we walk a few hours through a forest to our camp at Los Troncos. You have to pay a small fee as you pass over private land, but on the plus side there is a small cabin where ...

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Good mountaineering conditions in Canuto de Veleta

Even this early in the winter season, good conditions exist in the Sierra Nevada’s Canuto de Veleta for this entertaining, classic mountaineering route.

Reports suggest that the entry into the Coral from Los Posiciones is quite straightforward, with no great cornice difficulty, although one should keep vigilant as there is very steep ground below as one traverses on powder snow into the main part of the coral.

The traverse into the Canuto itself is on 55 degree slopes alternating between hard and powder snow.

The ...

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Walking and scrambling routes across the NW face of Alcazaba

The upper way is called the There are some ingenious ways across the steep north west flank of Alcazaba in Spain’s Sierra Nevada. Rough and narrow tracks cross steep ground but provide rapid ways between the north side of Alcazaba and Laguna de la Mosca at the foot of Mulhacens north face. This saves the long detour east round the eastern buttresses of Alcazaba and Mulhacen via Siete Lagunas.

The photo below is taken in winter but the snow outlines better ...

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Sierra Nevada Mountain Access Points

Access Locations:

(1) Hoya de la Mora (2500m). Follow the ski road from Granada to the ski town. Follow the signs left for œVeleta above the town and reach a car park at the road end. Good quick access for Veleta, Los Machos and Catujo sectors. Cariguela hut is 3hrs from here.

(2) Cortijuela (1700m). Follow the road through La Zubia towards the Cumbres Verdes. Continue on past Fuente del Hervidero to the Cortijuela. Good for access to Dilar and Cartujo sectors.

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Mountaineering north side of Veleta, Sierra Nevada video

If you ever needed convincing of the winter mountaineering potential here in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, then you should take a look at this atmospheric video.

Shot recently, there is good footage of the abseil descent into the Coral de Veleta, climbing on the near vertical north wall, an ascent up the Corredor del Veleta. and a descent through the deserted ski pistes towards sunset. Well put together with good music.

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