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

The Sierra Nevada Poppy (Papaver Lapeyrousianum)

The Sierra Nevada Poppy (Papaver Lapeyrousianum)

This is quite a remarkable plant, unique but endangered. We found growing a few days ago on a windswept ridge of Mulhacén at 3300m. In almost 100 ascents of Mulhacén, mainland Spain's highest mountain, I had never come across this pretty flower and yet there it was flourishing between the rock slabs.

Trek over Alcazaba and the NE ridge of Mulhacén

Trek over Alcazaba and the NE ridge of Mulhacén

Spanish Highs' self stated mission to "Inspire The Adventure" means that we are really at our happiest when we are taking clients to new areas and trekking different routes, far away from the masses on the summer trade routes. Whilst others prefer to slog away on the regular routes accompanied by fellow bus passengers we prefer the solitude of the "real" Sierra Nevada. To achieve this often means "going against the grain".

Guide, Jens Foell, climbs Half-Dome in Yosemite

Guide, Jens Foell, climbs Half-Dome in Yosemite

Our guides here in the Sierra Nevada are always looking to increase experience and expertise. Thanks to Spanish Highs guide Jens Foell for this report about his recent fulfilling of a dream, that of climbing the incredible "Half Dome" in Yosemite National Park

5 Tips to lighten your pack for mountain Backpacking Trips

5 Tips to lighten your pack for mountain Backpacking Trips

This post has been brought on by necessity. An ageing body means less ability to cope with the increasing rigours of the trail. Therefore reducing rucksack weight for multi day backpacking trips seems a logical step to take. It isn't as if I have neglected weight over the past 40 years of my mountain life. I haven't. It's just bourne out of a need to take that extra step to save every gram and make my continued mountain existence that much more enjoyable.

Kamchatka Expedition 5 - The escape and a very long bus ride

Kamchatka Expedition 5 - The escape and a very long bus ride

Part 5 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes

Kamchatka Expedition 4 -  Deteriorating weather

Kamchatka Expedition 4 - Deteriorating weather

Part 4 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes

Kamchatka Expedition 3 - weather window at base camp

Kamchatka Expedition 3 - weather window at base camp

Part 3 of Kiersten Rowland's report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes

Kamchatka Expedition 2 - Leaving Klyuchi and emergency camp

Kamchatka Expedition 2 - Leaving Klyuchi and emergency camp

Part 2 of Kiersten Rowland's report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes

Kamchatka Expedition 1 - Getting there

Kamchatka Expedition 1 - Getting there

Part 1 of Kiersten Rowland's report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes

Chris Stewart Charity walk, Spain's Sierra Nevada ridges

Chris Stewart Charity walk, Spain's Sierra Nevada ridges

Vice President of the charity Acompalia, Chris Stewart, alongside Contraviesa farmer, Nick Cranham and London based Physiotherapist, Glenn, will undertake the mammoth task of walking the Sierra Nevada "Integral de los Tres Miles" in June to raise much needed funding. Spanish Highs are supporting this project and they ask you to sponsor the charity generously.

Ski Touring on the Cerro de Caballo, Sierra Nevada

Ski Touring on the Cerro de Caballo, Sierra Nevada

This has been a generally poor ski touring year in the Sierra Nevada but yesterday we did the west flank of Cerro de Caballo, above Nigüelas. A superb ski day!