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

Patagonian Icecap November 2016 & Cerro Mariano Moreno

Patagonian Icecap November 2016 & Cerro Mariano Moreno

Details of our proposed expedition in November 2016 to the Patagonian Icecap to climb the remote peak of Cerro Mariano Moreno (3462m). It is the third highest peak in Patagonia and is rarely climbed. It is the highest summit in the Cordon Mariano Moreno massif, in the centre of the icecap and is accessible only by lengthy trekking over the many glaciers.

A Day Above The Clouds

A Day Above The Clouds

Thanks to guest writer, Ian Tupman for this report of his day walk in the Sierra Nevada peaks encircling the Rio Chico above Lanjarón, including Cerrillo Redondo and Tajos de los Machos.

Tips if you plan Self Guided trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Tips if you plan Self Guided trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Here's a few tips sent in by John Halstead who's group attempted the "Tres Miles Integral" last summer. _

Ascents, Lagunas & Sunrise in the Sierra Nevada

Ascents, Lagunas & Sunrise in the Sierra Nevada

We recently supported 201 Field Hospital on "Sierra Nevada Tres Miles Integral". 7 days of high 3000m mountains, superb mountain lakes and stunning landscapes.

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Ascent of the Espolón de Alcazaba, Sierra Nevada

Ascent of the Espolón de Alcazaba, Sierra Nevada

Access to the face is most easily made from the Collado de Ciervo, near the Laguna de la Cadera and west of Mulhacén summit. A zig zag path leads down into the northern corrie of Mulhacén where sits the delightful Laguna de la Mosca. Just a short distance north of the lake a faint track trends right and then gains a sloping shelf the crosses the face of Alcazaba. This is called the Grand Vasar de Alcazaba.

Ascent of the Espolón de la Caldera, Sierra Nevada

Ascent of the Espolón de la Caldera, Sierra Nevada

The Espolón de la Caldera is in fact the NW ridge of the Puntal de la Caldera, found just to the west of Mulhacén's, Collado de Ciervo, in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains. It gives a rough and sometimes loose scramble with many possibilities for making the ascent easier or tougher to suit. At it's easiest it's a Grade 2 scramble, and I guess about VD (4/4+) if the steps and pinnacles are taken direct. Difficult and dangerous to descend or escape due to the loose nature of many areas.

Scrambling & Approach Boot Group Test & Review

Scrambling & Approach Boot Group Test & Review

We took a pair of Haglofs Roc Icon GTs, some Five Ten Guide Tennies, a couple of pairs of Scarpa Crux's and some La Sportiva Ganda Guides and put them to the test. But which comes out as the best all round Scrambling and Approach boot in our review?

Walking from Trevélez to Refugio Horcajo, Sierra Nevada

Walking from Trevélez to Refugio Horcajo, Sierra Nevada

Although I had walked down the Rio Trevelez from the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada on numerous occasions, I had never visited the Refugio Horcajo, which sits on a little plateau next to a small river at approx 2220m.

Living on the Edge, winter ascent Tozal del Cartujo NW ridge

Living on the Edge, winter ascent Tozal del Cartujo NW ridge

A report from Ian Tupman who made his first winter ascent of the NW ridge of the Tozal del Cartujo in Spain's Sierra Nevada in late April 2015 with Spanish Highs guide, Felipe Nieto.

Climbing new routes for lost friends in the Sierra Nevada

Climbing new routes for lost friends in the Sierra Nevada

As I stood at the foot of the 300m unnamed gully on Cerro Buitre in the eastern Sierra Nevada I received a phone call detailing the tragic news. A close friend of mine had passed away in sudden and unexpected circumstances. Shocking and terrible news. Wiping away the tears of anger, frustration and sadness, I started up the steep initial snow slopes.

Scrambling & soaring with eagles Sierra de Huetor, Granada

Scrambling & soaring with eagles Sierra de Huetor, Granada

It all began when Kiersten Rowland, our resident Spanish Highs expert twitcher, decided she wanted to tick off the Ring Ouzel. This bird seems to have a liking for hawthorn bushes and tough craggy hillsides. We thought we knew just the spot that might attract these elusive birds in an area of mountains north of Granada in the Sierra de Huetor.

3 Highest Peaks, Sierra Nevada Wild Camping Trek

3 Highest Peaks, Sierra Nevada Wild Camping Trek

Overnight in incredibly wild and natural mountain lakeside locations. Ideal trek for hikers and trekkers wanting to "get away from it all"!