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A traverse of the Raspones del Rio Seco, Sierra Nevada, Spain

A traverse of the Raspones del Rio Seco, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Ian Tupman, describes one of his most memorable adventures here in the Sierra Nevada The author, Ian Tupman. I had done some scrambling and low-grade rock climbing in the past but as a non-climber, I was uncertain as to whether the Raspones ridge was within my capabilities. In November 2012 I would find out, when I was invited to join a Spanish Highs team. Our group was seven strong with a multi-national flavour and of mixed abilities.

Climbing Cerro Torre in books & videos

Climbing Cerro Torre in books & videos

I have been fortunate enough in my life to visit Patagonia 6 times and gaze with wonder and awe at the peak of Cerro Torre. Quite simply, one of the best looking mountains in the world and proof that mountains don’t have to be judged in terms of height, as Cerro Torre stands a mere 3128m above sea level. I’ve seen it many times from the standard trekkers route as seen from El Chalten and Laguna Torre, but also 5 times from the west on the remote Patagonian Icecap.

Bivouac on Cerro Los Machos in the Sierra Nevada

Bivouac on Cerro Los Machos in the Sierra Nevada

Guest writer and guide, Leo Ruiz Platt, describes one of his most memorable adventures here in the Sierra Nevada The author, Leonardo Ruiz Platt. Guía de Montaña. Translated from spanish by Richard Hartley and Emma Hartley of Spanish Highs It was the end of November in 2015 and we are unable to resist the temptation. Three friends and I are preparing to climb the most vertical face of Cerro de los Machos.

Guided trail running trips itineraries in Andalucia

Guided trail running trips itineraries in Andalucia

Guest writer, Matt Dowse describes some of the attractions of Trail Running here in the Sierra Nevada. Running has always been a sport of simplicity. It requires very little ‘equipment’ and utilises a range of motion that can be most economically described as ‘put one foot in front of the other; repeat.’ However, rather than being monotonous or boring, the simplicity of running engenders a sense of freedom – an experience that can often feel like a tonic in today’s complex, technology riddled and attention demanding world.

Reducing backpack weight for trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Reducing backpack weight for trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Article written by Richard Hartley, founder of Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada and author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada As the years have passed and the legs and body feel the pace of romping up and down hills, I have been travelling down the road to the elusive “Lightweight Backpack” system. This is the Shangri-La for many long distance trekkers and backpackers. But finding this place is very difficult.

Weather Station installed above Lanjaron in the Alpujarras

Weather Station installed above Lanjaron in the Alpujarras

We have always been Weather “Geeks”. Our semi-professional Davis Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station has served us well since 2008 and is still going strong. But technology always moves forward and the chance to acquire one of the new Smart Weather Stations from Weatherflow sounded too good to miss. We backed this originally via an Indigogo Project and had expected delivery in April 2018, but supply delays meant we only took delivery of the kit late August.

Quiet & unusual route up Mulhacen from Trevelez, Spain

Quiet & unusual route up Mulhacen from Trevelez, Spain

Describes a superb 2 or 3 day quiet and unknown trek up the eastern side of Mulhacen mountain from Trevelez village in the Alpujarras Background and Summary We were a group of 3. Myself (Richard Hartley of Spanish Highs with two often returning clients, Laurie and Dexter. They are both experienced mountaineers but, like myself, are getting on in years. Laurie the eldest is nearing 70 but bad health has meant his recent mountain trips have had to be curtailed somewhat.

Sea to Summit (Mulhacen) Challenge in under 24 hours

Sea to Summit (Mulhacen) Challenge in under 24 hours

Now, Nick Cranham is a pretty tough guy and is used to difficult and arduous challenges. But on 21st April 2018 he will attempt possibly his greatest challenge yet. A walk from the Mediterranean Sea at La Rábita northwards to Albuñol, over the Sierra de Contraviesa to Lobras and Juviles in La Alpujarra, before climbing up to the summit of Mulhacén, at 3482m the highest point in mainland Spain via Siete Lagunas.

Winter Mountaineering Courses in Spain's Sierra Nevada

Winter Mountaineering Courses in Spain's Sierra Nevada

Learn basic use of ice axe and crampons, simple winter belaying and alpine skills to give you the necessary confidence to go off and enjoy the winters mountains. We have been running these winter skills mountaineering courses here in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains successfully since 2003. In that time we have helped hundreds of hill walkers and scramblers to take their first steps in becoming winter mountaineers and budding alpinists.

In Search Of Sunday Solitude up the Poquiera valley

In Search Of Sunday Solitude up the Poquiera valley

Last week I made a short trip back to Salobreña on the Costa Tropical. I had some business appointments during the week but I hoped to spend at least one day walking in the mountains. It rained heavily on the Friday night with more rain on the Saturday but the forecast for the Sunday was good. I woke on Sunday morning to clear blue skies and a layer of fresh snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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