Sierra Nevada Scrambling – the ridge of Puntal de la Caldera

The west to east traverse of the Puntal de la Caldera gives fine high altitude Sierra Nevada Scrambling opportunities. Here is a route description of how to do it.

N.B This route description applies to summer only. Please wear a helmet as there is plenty of loose rock! No need for a rope unless you have beginners or want to push the grades.

We caught the first chairlift access from Pradollano, ski centre in the Sierra Nevada. Arriving at 2900m ...

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New scrambling routes in the Sierra de Huetor north of Sierra Nevada

Yesterday we continued our development of this quiet area with 3 more scrambling routes in this fascinating mountain area just north of Granada and the Sierra Nevada.

Approach is via Cogollas Vega just off the A92 north of Granada. We have climbed and scrambled on the Peñon de la Mata for some time now and it is our favourite rocky mountain. The summit slopes provide superb situations for confident and capable scramblers.

The new routes we did yesterday consisted of a Grade ...

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Ruta Angosturas Andalucia Gorge Scramble in Impressive Scenery

Just a kilometre away from the plastic greenhouses and rubbish tips that makes up lower Albuñol in Andalucia, lies the start of a dramatic and entertaining gorge walk cum scramble, leading to the prehistoric settlement called Cueva de Los Murciélagos (literally “Bats’ Cave”). Kiersten, myself, and our dogs, Bruno and Khumbu went to investigate.

Firstly let me give thanks to Carol Byrne (of Further South of Granada fame) who gave us the tip off about ...

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The highest mountains are not necessarily always the best

The highest mountains sometimes fail to live up to their status, whilst some relatively unknown peaks turn out to be lesser in height only. Here in southern Spain’s Alpujarras, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, we have for some years now been enjoying the delights of an fascinating little peak called Giralda.

I learned my “height is not always the best” lesson in mountain truth on Aconcagua in the 1990’s. Base camp consisted of 500+ tents and no sanitary conditions. As I ...

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Scrambling along the magnificent Cavall Bernat ridge, Mallorca

Report and video showing the fun and frolics, scrambling and climbing along the wonderful Cavall Bernat ridge in Mallorca, probably the best high class ridge scramble in the med!

Scrambling along the Cavall Bernat ridge, Mallorca
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The heat of the day necessitated a pre dawn start ...

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Scrambling and moving together on Trevenque west ridge, Cumbres Verdes

The west ridge of Trevenque in the Cumbres Verdes hills south east of Granada offers some fine scrambling in spectacular surrounding in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. A word of warning though. The incredible amount of rain this winter has left the ridges quite unstable and appropriate protection and precautions must be taken. Good for practising the ...

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West ridge of the Puntal de la Caldera, Sierra Nevada

The attractive peak of the Puntal de la Caldera (3223m) with the Laguna de la Caldera nestling at it’s feet makes a spectacular setting. Many times in winter during Alpine Winter Skills Training courses we have sat atop it’s narrow summit after ascended via it’s east ridge from the Collado del Ciervo. A fine route, much better and more interesting, in my opinion, than the higher, bulky form of Mulhacen (3482m) to ...

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Close to Nature Scrambling alongside the Rio Verde, Otivar

pale-form-booted-eagleI always enjoy a trip to Otivar. The drive from Padul towards Almunecar is always full of interest and contrasts. This time we spent some time with Birdwatch Alpujarras in the forests above Albunuelas. Loads of Bee Eaters sat on high wires frustrating our feeble attempts at photography. The highlight was a massive example of a short toed eagle which we managed to grab ...

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New trail between Alcazaba and Vacares saves much time and re ascent

Last summer some local spaniards developed a new walking trail between Alcazaba and the Puntal de El Goteron and Puntal de Vacares ridge. The old route meant a long diversion round the Loma de la Alcazaba involving much time and height loss (600m). With the passing of the winter snows the route is now open again.

This new path does’t exist in any english or spanish guidebook publications to date. Last Friday we walked the route for the first time (to ...

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Summer walking in the high Sierra Nevada "Los Tres Miles"

Chiz Dakin has recently returned to the UK after a extended visit to Andalucia and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. We have known the delights of the Sierra Nevada for many years now but what did Chiz think of it?

Below we reproduce comments from her excellent travel writing site “Travels With My Camera”. Chiz is an award winning professional photographer. Her website  www.peakimages.co.uk has some of her excellent travel and mountain photos for you to enjoy.

She also claims that she ...

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