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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 at 10:30 we made swift progress on the old road over the Col de Carihuela.

From there we took the short “via ferrata” at Paso de las Guias to save 15 minutes and regain the old road near Paso de los Machos.… Read the rest

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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 2 on the NE face, a simple Grade 1 descent across the SW face followed by completion of the right arm of the western ridge (3S) (we did the left arm in May). This was followed by a new way to the top from the SW (3).… Read the rest

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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.

The peak of Giralda dwarfed by Cerro Caballo

The peak of Giralda dwarfed by Cerro Caballo

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 laboured breathlessly, buttocks clenched, up the biggest scree slope in the world, all around me were magnificent snow and ice clad andean peaks. What on earth was I doing on crowded Aconcagua?… Read the rest

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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 from Cala San Vicente. We made our way up to the first peak heading north west from the Siller Pass. The cloud cover and light showers began to disperse and the rising sun gave the sky marvellous warm tinges.

From the first peak on the ridge you drop gently and easily down into a shallow valley that leads to the ridge proper. Here is where the fun begins!… Read the rest

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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 it’s immediate east.

We have longed to complete the full winter traverse, east to west, of the Puntal de la Caldera but lack of time, dodgy snow or bad weather have thwarted efforts so far. This coming winter we intend to do it. As a preliminary to the winter trip, yesterday I did a recce from the west starting from the broad summit of Loma Pelada (3181m).… Read the rest

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