Articles and Blogs, Sierra Nevada, Spain

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

Debilitating effects of Snowblindness, a personal experience

Debilitating effects of Snowblindness, a personal experience

This article relates my own personal experience on the Patagonian Icecap with this painful condition. I am not a medical expert and haven't read up on all the facts, so if you want the medical stuff then do a Google Search. I relate below only my own experience.

Snow wall construction to eliminate drifting on leeward side

Snow wall construction to eliminate drifting on leeward side

Sometimes a basic snow wall is not sufficient to keep the elements at bay. The wind can drop spindrift on the leeward side thus burying the tents. Is there a solution in the way we can construct snow walls that would make them more efficient?

Walking from Sea 2 Sky in Andalucia

Walking from Sea 2 Sky in Andalucia

Ian Tupman describes a challenging walk from the coast at Salobrena to the lofty summit of Mulhacen, highest summit in Spain

Hike to Refugio de Cebollar above Puente Palo, Sierra Nevada

Hike to Refugio de Cebollar above Puente Palo, Sierra Nevada

Park the car at the forestry recreation site at Puente Palo above the towns of Lanjaron, Soportujar and Cañar. Head left up the main forest track. After some 45 minutes take the second main track leading right which crosses a stream after 200m. The trees begin to thin out and we emerge on open hillside on the west side and above the Rio Chico. The path winds it's way around and up the hillside before levelling out. A slight downhill leads to the Rio Chico itself. Care is required in crossing here, especially after rains.

Why restoring an old mountain refuge is good for the soul

Why restoring an old mountain refuge is good for the soul

It's been very hard work, but it has allowed us to give something back to the mountains that have given us so much over the years.

Climb Mulhacen in a day without covering same ground twice

Climb Mulhacen in a day without covering same ground twice

From the Alpujarras to the south the ascent of Mulhacen, highest peak in mainland Spain can be done in a long day in the summer. But how can you make the round trip more interesting by traversing the mountain and not covering the same ground twice?

A night under the stars with my husky friend, Khumbu

A night under the stars with my husky friend, Khumbu

We camped in the upper Lanjaron valley by streams and under a spectacular night sky. This was to be his first overnight trip.  My lightweight summer backpack felt strangely heavy, weighed down by the additional items such as dog food, extra water and a various assortment of chains, leads, slings and karabiners, in a vain attempt to control a huskies instincts for freedom.

Sunrise from the highest mountain in Spain

Sunrise from the highest mountain in Spain

A one am start from Lanjaron, an hours drive to the trailhead, followed by 5 hours trudge uphill through the night might not seem the best way to climb a mountain. But when we approached the summit and the sun broke through the horizon, all the hard effort and discomfort seemed well worthwhile. We were at the highest point in mainland Spain, Mulhacen, 3482m.

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies on Mulhacen, Sierra Nevada

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies on Mulhacen, Sierra Nevada

This beautiful butterfly rests on the branches at dusk and makes for a perfect photo opportunity against the fading light.

Trekking North to South across the Sierra Nevada

Trekking North to South across the Sierra Nevada

Report of a two day high level July trek in Spain's Sierra Nevada, from the ski centre in the north to Lanjaron in the south camping by a high mountain lake overnight

Tajos Altos, the hidden mountain of the Sierra Nevada

Tajos Altos, the hidden mountain of the Sierra Nevada

From the west of the Sierras and the Vega of Granada Tajos Altos is just a small lump on a long, seemingly flat ridge. From the north and south it is prominent, but often mistaken for Veleta, the Pico del Cartujo or some other more well known peak. But it is in fact a superb mountain in it's own right.

Is the Raspones the best ridge scramble in Spain?

Is the Raspones the best ridge scramble in Spain?

The Raspones emerges from the upper reaches of the Poqueira gorge, just west of the Rio Seco. It is a long shark fin of a ridge. A serrated ridge with many turrets, twists and turns. Approach is normally made from two directions: