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

Villavientos refuge provides a high class mountain refuge

Villavientos refuge provides a high class mountain refuge

It lies between the jagged ridge of the Raspones del Rio Seco and Mulhacen. Useful as a base for mountaineering, trekking or when the Caldera hut is full.

Camping in high mountain country north of Siete Lagunas

Camping in high mountain country north of Siete Lagunas

Kiersten Rowland describes a 2 day trek camping by high mountain lakes and enjoying some of the wildest scenery and nature that the Sierra Nevada National Park has to offer

Winter mountaineering on the longest day in southern Spain

Winter mountaineering on the longest day in southern Spain

Sometimes you need to do a bit of lateral thinking for your mountain adventures. We might be only two hours from the sun drenched beaches of the Costa del Sol, but there is still some good mountaineering sport to be found. An early alpine start is the chief requirement. The snows are still quite plentiful in the Sierra Nevada, but do become soft and slushy after about 11am. At 6am above 3000m it is hard and icy.

Retreat is not defeat, a June day in the snows of the Sierra

Retreat is not defeat, a June day in the snows of the Sierra

In Fred Zinneman’s 1984 film "5 days one Summer", Sean Connery plays the part of a pre-war climber in the Alps. Driven by a burning desire to conquer peaks (and, it must be said, to pursue his affair with his niece) he pushes onwards and upwards, as it were, regardless of the dangers. We are treated to some superb climbing footage and some toe curling tension before it all goes fairly wrong – for someone at least.

How to deal with the problem of foxes in the Sierra Nevada

How to deal with the problem of foxes in the Sierra Nevada

Trevor writes....................

Mobile Cell Phone Coverage in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Mobile Cell Phone Coverage in the Sierra Nevada mountains

There are only certain areas that will receive a signal. We tend to use and rely on sat phones or Spot Messengers for communication during our 5 day trek covering the main ridge of the Sierra Nevada.

Night ascent of Mulhacen, highest mountain in mainland Spain

Night ascent of Mulhacen, highest mountain in mainland Spain

Normally this is a glorious trip seeing in the new day. But, rather than seeing the spectacular morning sunrise they had hoped for, they were met with a full on snow blizzard above 3000m. Nothing like we reported in our article "Brilliant sunrise following night ascent of Mulhacen" some time ago. Some you win, some you lose! James takes up the story.............

The ascent of Cerrillo Redondo - skiing up my back garden

The ascent of Cerrillo Redondo - skiing up my back garden

The week before had been warm. Granada basking in 30 degree heat. The snow had retreated uphill. We aimed to start low at 1800m but would we still find good ski touring on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains?

Plan a weeks mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Plan a weeks mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada mountains

The following article was originally posted by David on his interesting site at http://spreadys.wordpress.com/. Thanks to him for allowing us to reproduce below. The article gives important hints and information to consider when planning a winter trip here. Also links to resources used. You will also find a great video of the trip below

Mountaineering traverse of the Raspones ridge, Sierra Nevada

Mountaineering traverse of the Raspones ridge, Sierra Nevada

By Gary Brown and his friends of the "Geezers of Croydon" MC. No idea if any Brit/Irish has done this before. Maybe a first British/Irish winter ascent?

A first visit to Lanjaron by mountaineer John Ormsby in 1866

A first visit to Lanjaron by mountaineer John Ormsby in 1866

In March 1867 he read his report before the Alpine Club and its magazine, The Alpine Journal, was then published in full. This included a basic map, which just marked the most important peaks, rivers and major towns of La Alpujarra.

The effects of windchill when in the mountains

The effects of windchill when in the mountains

A 32km hour wind at 0 degrees centigrade gives an effective -12.5 degree "feel" to the temperature. The chart below will help in ascertaining the dangers.