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

All the seasons in one week in the Sierra Nevada

All the seasons in one week in the Sierra Nevada

Beth and Stephen from Leeds came to the Sierra Nevada with a clear idea of what they wanted to do: winter climbing and mountaineering. However, just after they arrived we met for a drink in Lanjaron: the sun was shining and it was 26C. Up in the mountains that meant the snow was melting fast, whilst the more sheltered North faces were still inaccessible to the high avalanche risk. So our first day climbing was spent in T-shirts rather than belay jackets as we went rock climbing instead.

A day of surprises snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada

A day of surprises snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada

Against a backdrop of adverse mountain snow conditions we had headed upwards. But what turned out was a day full of surprises as we enjoyed the mountaineering and winter potential of the Sierra Nevada.

Skiing down Mulhacen, highest mountain in mainland Spain

Skiing down Mulhacen, highest mountain in mainland Spain

Report and photos from our guide, Jens Foell and clients, who found out recently after a frustrating few days weather led eventually to a marvelous descent in perfect powder snow conditions.

Ski touring in the bowls of San Juan, Sierra Nevada

Ski touring in the bowls of San Juan, Sierra Nevada

The forecast wasnt good which is why we had large smiles when we arrived at the Hoya de la Mora to find perfect weather and snow conditions. Sure, the winds were high, but the sun and gleaming white snows more than compensated.

More fox related attacks on campers at Siete Lagunas

More fox related attacks on campers at Siete Lagunas

We have been reporting an increasing number of fox related attacks on campsites in the Sierra Nevada for some years. The incidence usually decreases in the middle of winter when the pesky critters drop below the snowline in search of food. This year however they are remaining on the high ground and becoming braver in their approaches. We have just had a report from Martin Kuster who had his mountaineering trip ruined, not only by the poor weather, but also by a series of attacks.

Alternative winter sports available in the Sierra Nevada

Alternative winter sports available in the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada makes a wonderful winter holiday destination. Most people though are only aware of the downhill skiing opportunities, based at Pradollano on the northern slopes of the range above Granada. However, during the winter months from December to May when snow is in abundance there are many more ways for you to enjoy this winter wonderland.

Snowshoeing in the forests of the Alpujarras

Snowshoeing in the forests of the Alpujarras

Last week we were privileged to enjoy the company of a family from the USA, as we guided them on a days snowshoeing.

A cold night out in the ruined Refugio Cebollar

A cold night out in the ruined Refugio Cebollar

We spent a cold night in the ruins of the relatively unknown Cebollar Refugio 2500m in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. High in the Rio Chico valley above Orgiva in the Alpujarras lies the ruins of the Refugio Cebollar. Access is normally via either the forest area at Puente Palo (1700m) or via the high track to La Pluca above the western side of Capileira.

Travel Advice & Recommendations to El Chalten, Patagonia

Travel Advice & Recommendations to El Chalten, Patagonia

The town of El Chalten comes as a pleasant surprise. It is tucked away between some rock walls north west of the magnificent Lago Viedma in the  Santa Cruz province of Argentina. It has a clean and frontier feel to it and the people are genuinely warm, friendly and helpful.

Rescue efforts fail to aid climbers on Patagonian Glacier

Rescue efforts fail to aid climbers on Patagonian Glacier

Unfortunately the Mexican did not survive and died from hypothermia. Yesterday, the helicopter could not reach the ice cave where the two guides await. If the weather does not improve, they will have to be evacuated on foot.

The Climax is the Coming Back from a Dangerous Place

The Climax is the Coming Back from a Dangerous Place

We must have upset the weather gods. Unlike previous trips, this time Patagonia threw everything it had as us weather wise. Like other Argentine groups we sat for 3 or more days at La Playita campsite waiting for our chance to climb onto the icecap. During that time we were nearly blown away in gale force winds, got snowed in and once when flooded, had to build drainage diches in the middle of the night to allow excess water to escape.

Walking in the desert badlands near Tabernas, Almeria

Walking in the desert badlands near Tabernas, Almeria

Remarkable, barren badlands of Tabernas, Almeria provide rich walking and hiking opportunities in unique European environment. Our latest foray into the wild and dramatic desert land near Tabernas came a few weeks ago. We have developed a great full day's desert walking tour taking in some of the very best bits.