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Trail running in the Sierra Nevada, guided trail running trips and holiday itineraries in Andalucia

Trail running in the Sierra Nevada, guided trail running trips and holiday itineraries in Andalucia

Spanish Highs are now offering Trail Running and Ultra Running training in Andalucia’s, Sierra Nevada, Granada and Alpujarras mountains. Guest writer, Matt Dowse describes some of the attractions of Trail Running here. 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.

New Personal Weather Station installed above Lanjaron in the Alpujarras

New Personal Weather Station installed above Lanjaron in the Alpujarras

A Weatherflow SmartWeather system has been installed by Spanish Highs to give local weather information throughout 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.

Reducing backpack weight for multi day trekking in the summer Sierra Nevada

Reducing backpack weight for multi day trekking in the summer Sierra Nevada

Tips on how to reduce the backpack weight for likely summer trekking conditions in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains 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.

A quiet and unusual route up Mulhacen mountain from Trevelez, Spain

A quiet and unusual route up Mulhacen mountain from Trevelez, Spain

Describes a superb 2 or 3 day quiet and unknown trekking route 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

A Charity Challenge from the Mediterranean Sea to the summit of Mulhacen in under 24 hours on 21st April 2018 by Nick Cranham of Spanish Highs 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 Skills Mountaineering Courses in Spain's Sierra Nevada

Winter Skills Mountaineering Courses in Spain's Sierra Nevada

Join us on one of our winter skills mountaineering courses in the high, snow sure Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain 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

Guest writer Ian Tupman describes a walk into the western side of the Poqueira valley, above Capileira 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.

18 mountaineers rescued in the mists of Sierra Nevada

18 mountaineers rescued in the mists of Sierra Nevada

The Guardia Civil had to carry out 6 helicopter flights in the Sierra Nevada to rescue 18 mountaineers Unbelievable I know but 18 mountaineers had to be rescued from the Sierra Nevada over the past weekend even though we are still officially in “summer” mode. My translation of the newspaper article is below which summarises the events over the weekend. But, what lessons can be learned from this? In my opinion

Unguided Trekking and Wild Camping in the Sierra Nevada

Unguided Trekking and Wild Camping in the Sierra Nevada

Trip report in the Sierra Nevada from 2nd to 7th August 2017 Words and photos courtesy of Jennifer Stott Day 1 – Day of most ascent (1,730 metres) I set off from LOMA DE LOS CUARTOS. Immediately I was feeling the heat and altitude, which was making my 12Kg bag feel a lot heavier! I headed East (away from my final destination), to extend the suggested route. I walked off the path, and down into 3x valleys, where I stopped to dip my already hot feet in a stream.

NEW for 2017 Walking with Nature - Special Offer Inside

NEW for 2017 Walking with Nature - Special Offer Inside

We have teamed up with Casa Ana to offer you a great introductory offer to this new and exciting 6 day walking with nature holiday. Next dates for this 6 night, 5 day tour will be 28th May - 3rd June 2017. It’s an opportunity to explore the wildlife of the Alpujarras and enjoy the surrounding area on guided nature tours. For full details of this holiday, please CLICK HERE.

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