Articles & Blogs, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Articles & Trip Reports - Sierra Nevada, Spain & Patagonia

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A collection of mountain related articles written by various guest writers dating back to 2008

A short trek on the Sulayr GR240 trail, NE Sierra Nevada

A short trek on the Sulayr GR240 trail, NE Sierra Nevada

Our plan was to spend 6 days in total trekking the long distance Sulayr GR240 from las Rozas near Abrucena in the east, heading west to the Refugio Postero Alto near Jerez de Marquesado. Then we would "nip" over the Puerto de Trevelez and finish up in the village of Trevelez in the Alpujarras

A review of the Scarpa Marmolada Trek boot

A review of the Scarpa Marmolada Trek boot

In summary then, if you are looking for a good all round trekking and scrambling boot but if like me, you don't want a Goretex lining, then the Scarpa Marmolada is well worth considering.

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

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

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.

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.

Bivouac on Cerro Los Machos in the Sierra Nevada

Bivouac on Cerro Los Machos in the Sierra Nevada

The east face of Cerro de los Machos is one of the most attractive routes for mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada and although it is infrequently climbed, it is a dream of many. From the base of the face to the summit (3327m) there is at least 300 meters of ascent, some routes there reaching 500 meters.

Guided trail running trips itineraries in Andalucia

Guided trail running trips itineraries in Andalucia

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

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.

Quiet & unusual route up Mulhacen from Trevelez, Spain

Quiet & unusual route up Mulhacen from Trevelez, Spain

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. We might be "old foggies" but we still always have ambitious plans. This 3 day trip was planned to have a base camp at Siete Lagunas followed by ascents of Alcazaba and Mulhacén.

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.

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.