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

No dramas just a day ski touring in the Sierra Nevada

No dramas just a day ski touring in the Sierra Nevada

Let's face it, most of us are not daredevil skiers. We don't really want to be hurtling down some ridiculously steep slope chased by an avalanche! Yes we want to be tested, be prefer the wide open, quiet and remote mountains where the only noise is the sound of skins gliding across the snows as we ascend to our peak. We access the conditions for the way down and try to judge when best to time the descent. When it comes, the descent is without drama, just the exhilarating movement of skis across snow. This is my kind of backcountry ski touring!

Cold & blustery winter night camping in the Sierra Nevada

Cold & blustery winter night camping in the Sierra Nevada

With careful planning and foresight great experiences are to be had during the winter months. We recently had a client who wanted to try out camping in the snow clad mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

Climbing the Canuto Norte del Veleta, Sierra Nevada

Climbing the Canuto Norte del Veleta, Sierra Nevada

Grade - Winter – AD (50º) (AD- in good conditions with footsteps to follow!)

Snowshoeing along the Sulayr GR240 Long Distance Path

Snowshoeing along the Sulayr GR240 Long Distance Path

With the first major snows of the year falling over Christmas it gave Ian Tupman chance to get his snowshoes out of the cupboard and enjoy the delights of a section of the GR240 Sulayr long distance path above Capileira.

Life in the deep freeze, Sierra Nevada in November

Life in the deep freeze, Sierra Nevada in November

In the Sierra Nevada mountains of southern Spain we can expect some bad weather in November. This is normally the month when the major snows fall. We had a three day crossing of the mountain range booked for four clients in the last week of the month. Up to then we had "endured" endless days of blue skies and sunshine.

Climbing Trevenque with the Sierra Nevada Twitteros

Climbing Trevenque with the Sierra Nevada Twitteros

It seems that the whole world is involved with Social Media Sites these days. A few of us Twitter users who regularly tweet about the Sierra Nevada mountains met for the first time yesterday in the Cumbres Verdes range just south east of the Andalucian city of Granada. The intention was to have a good walk in the mountains. What better hike could you have than to ascend the peak of Trevenque (2079m)?

Trek from Lanjarón to Trevélez over the roof of Spain

Trek from Lanjarón to Trevélez over the roof of Spain

The trek started as normal from the south near the Ventura trailhead above the spa town of Lanjarón in the Alpujarras (4WD required). First night was camp was by the superbly situated Refugio de Caballo alongside the laguna of the same name. A spectacular sunrise was followed by a short ascent to the summit of the Cerro de Caballo (3009m), the Sierra Nevada's most southerly 3000m peak.

Origins of the Refugio Caballo Restoration Project

Origins of the Refugio Caballo Restoration Project

In August 2011 Refugio Caballo at 3000m in the Sierra Nevada. The aim was to clean the refuge and repair the door and window

An ascent of Tozal del Cartujo via the north-west ridge

An ascent of Tozal del Cartujo via the north-west ridge

Back in May 2012 I walked the ridge from Cerro del Caballo to Tozal del Cartujo, crossed over to the Refugio Elorrieta for the night and then returned to the Ventura trailhead the next day via the Río Lanjarón valley. I had stood on the Tozal del Cartujo admiring its impressive ridge stretching away to the north-west. A few months later, I read an account by a group of Spanish mountaineers of their traverse of the ridge and I knew it just had to be done.

Wet weather & foxes on the ridges of the Sierra Nevada

Wet weather & foxes on the ridges of the Sierra Nevada

After an inauspicious start due to bad weather, leaky refuges and foxes the remainder of the trip was completed in glorious mountain weather.

Los Tres Miles 3 Day Traverse in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

Los Tres Miles 3 Day Traverse in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

‘Inspiring The Adventure’, proclaims Spanish Highs’ blog. And it was reading some of their recent trip reports and looking at photographs on their website that inspired MY latest adventure: a traverse of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains taking in as many as possible of the 3,000+ metre peaks (Tres Miles) that I hadn’t already climbed.

Trek along the northern flanks of the Sierra Nevada

Trek along the northern flanks of the Sierra Nevada

The start of the track is on the northern flanks of Veleta above the Sierra Nevada ski station, at "Los Posiciones del Veleta". This can be reached by short walk from the Veleta Chairlift (July and August only) or by autobus from Hoya de la Mora (Albergue de Granada). Of course you could always walk, in which case the ascent from Hoya de la Mora to Posiciones will take 1.5 hours and rise you up 600m to 3100m.