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

Anti Fox Deterrents in the Sierra Nevada

Anti Fox Deterrents in the Sierra Nevada

Foxes are becoming more and more of a nuisance here. Increased incidence of tents being ripped and food being stolen. For background to some of the problems read our previous reports over the past few years

Escape the spanish summer heat on a Group Walking Holiday!

Escape the spanish summer heat on a Group Walking Holiday!

We had a request for a Group Walking Holiday itinerary. In Spain? In summer? This took some working out as the only place to enjoy the hiking would be in the cool and pleasant air above 2000m. This in turn meant that the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia would be the only realistic location, with over 20 peaks topping 3000m in height.

The Spanish 3000s trek - crossing Los Tres Miles

The Spanish 3000s trek - crossing Los Tres Miles

This year however, due to the amount of winter snows still remaining, the trek is even more of a challenge.

Escape the rat race by high level trekking, Sierra Nevada

Escape the rat race by high level trekking, Sierra Nevada

William and Jolanda wanted to escape civilisation, people, phones and busy jobs. With plenty of snow still remaining an 8 day trek in the Sierra Nevada seemed as good a way as any. To avoid the busy (relatively speaking) areas around Mulhacén and Veleta we split the 8 days into 2 treks of 4 days each.

Moderate hiking route over Las Alegas to Puente Palo

Moderate hiking route over Las Alegas to Puente Palo

As it is linear it does need the benefit of a friendly driver to help with the transport. It utilises a high vehicle track and a direct climb to gain height rapidly. Then comes a delightful descent down through pine trees and crossing streams before  meeting a forest track above Puente Palo.

Spanish Highs feature in Trail Magazine July 2013

Spanish Highs feature in Trail Magazine July 2013

What could we show them in just 2.5 days in the Sierra Nevada though? We didn't want to show them the usual busy slopes of Mulhacén or Veleta. Wild and remote, with plenty of variety seemed to fit the bill. We decided and completed the following itinerary.

Skiing off the highest mountain in southern Spain in June!

Skiing off the highest mountain in southern Spain in June!

Well, we have had a superb snow year in the Sierra Nevada and at the beginning of June the snow on some faces still lay deep and consolidated. To be honest I had hung up my skis for the summer, but a chance encounter with a photo from a blog post by Ian Tupman showed the east face of Mulhacen to be laden with the white stuff. The plan began to form.

A night at the Mulhacén Hilton

A night at the Mulhacén Hilton

Throw in a six hour ascent with a heavy pack, the possibility of altitude sickness and your evening meal out of a packet and it seems even less attractive. For me though, a bivouac on the summit of Mulhacén had been on my ‘to do’ list for quite a while.

Sunset and sunrise from the roof of Spain

Sunset and sunrise from the roof of Spain

An overnight camp on the summit of Spain's highest mountain, Mulhacén (3482m), in which the most spectacular sunset and sunrise were observed.

One man & his dog 3 days on the Sulayr trek, Sierra Nevada

One man & his dog 3 days on the Sulayr trek, Sierra Nevada

Thanks to Ian Tupman (and Meg of course!) for the following report detailing their experiences._

Training for High Altitude, Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains

Training for High Altitude, Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains

Sports professionals have long used the Sierra Nevada in Spain for altitude training. However it is also used by trekkers and mountaineers training for high mountain challenges such as Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc or Aconcagua.

Ode to the Sierras from the sunburnt country

Ode to the Sierras from the sunburnt country

Although this is southern Spain the Sierra Nevada should never be underestimated. We supported . They sent us in this interesting report of their experiences. As Ryan states ...