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El Pulpito – mountain gem in the heart of the Sierra Nevada

Danish climber David Elm and myself have just returned from an adventurous and unusual winter trip.

Looking up the Poqueira Gorge to the snowsThings conspired against us from the start. A red wine or two more than we should have the night before, a late start and adverse weather. We parked the car above Capileira and made our way up the Poqueira Gorge on the normal route to the Refugio Poqueira. We had no real agenda other than to have a good time in the mountains.

The storm hit us just below Cortijo Thomas. We headed left alongside the acequia and into the valley of the Rio Mulhacen. A short scramble up the river over dodgy snow bridges and a short exposed traverse left   brought us to some small caves.… Read the rest

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Winter climbing potential on the Cerro de Caballo

Just had a 2 day exploratory trip to investigate the winter climbing potential that exists on the Cerro de Caballo peak above Lanjaron in Spain’s Sierra Nevada. The crags and gullies are found at an altitude of 2800+ on the NE and E faces of the summit cone.

On the south ridge Cerro de Caballo

We parked the car at the Ventura Trailhead. At times a 4WD is necessary to reach this spot, depending on recent rainfall severity). We walked to the old ruined Ventura Hut in 15 minutes. Then it was up to the old acequia and the follow the right hand edge of the upper forest. We had been following a track of sorts but on leaving the forest the tracks disappeared and we found ourselves in deep unconsolidated snow.… Read the rest

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Favourite Mountaineering Quotes – some funny, some serious

The best climber in the world is the one who’s having the most fun

Alex Lowe

To qualify for mountain rescue work, you have to pass our test. The doctor holds a flashlight to your ear. If he can see light coming out the other one, you qualify

Willy Pfisterer

The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too

Hervey Voge

Together we knew toil, joy and pain. My fervent wish is that the nine of us who were united in face of death should remain fraternally united through life

Maurice Herzog, Annapurna 1950

If you dont let go, you cant fall off!

Jerry Moffatt

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

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