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Tips on how to reduce the backpack weight for likely summer trekking conditions in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains Article written by Richard Hartley, founder of Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada and author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada
As the years have passed and the legs and body feel the pace of romping up and down hills, I have been travelling down the road to the elusive “Lightweight Backpack” system.
Ian Tupman spends some walking time with the Scarpa Marmolada Trek boot in the Dolomites. Are they are use here in the Sierra Nevada? Here’s what his review says. First of all, what does Scarpa say:
The Marmolada has been designed as a boot that excels in the UK for general mountain walking, scrambling, long distance and trekking. Traction is provided by the Vibram Mulaz S sole which coupled with the Scarpa Pro (4.
Successfully completing an exercise like this helps to build confidence and when you need to navigate in ‘anger’ you know that you CAN trust your compass” A report from Ian Tupman
Retirement brings advantages when it comes to getting into the mountains, one of which is being able to wait for good weather. The forecast the other day was for the possibility of a few isolated showers in the morning and for the cloud to break up during the afternoon.
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? Scrambling and Approach Shoes The ideal approach shoe should be tough, well protected and provide enough support and stiffness for easy climbing but still remain comfy enough for the approach and descents from the mountain.
A brand new personalised mountain weather forecasting service has been launched aimed at hill walkers, expeditions and mountain adventurers throughout the world. Weather4Mountain is the brainchild of Steph Ball, a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) and highly experienced weather forecaster with almost 30 years experience working for the UK Met Office.
Based in Gibraltar, her aim is to provide users with detailed bespoke and personalised mountain weather forecasts for mountain climbers, walkers and trekkers.
Here are the steps I took to reduce my normal 23kg mountain expedition backpack weight pack down to under 18kg 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.
In April 2013 we joined a Berghaus sponsored expedition attempting to make the first snowboard ascent of Klyutchevskoy Sopka (4750m), Kamchatka The expedition was led Berghaus athlete, Julia Pickering, attempting to make the first ski and snowboard climb and descent of the highest active volcano in Kamchatka, Klyutchevskoy Sopka (4750m).
Richard Hartley skies into a surreal volcanic landscape Richard Hartley and Kiersten Rowland of Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada were invited to join this Berghaus sponsored trip because of their vast mountaineering and expedition experience gained from many years in the UK, Alps and on the Patagonian Icecap.
We bought the Yukon Down Jackets in an online sale. But how did they perform and stand up in the wilds of Patagonia? The ordering and delivery process- Easy. The website is well thought out and helpful. Sale items are identified and purchased with minimum fuss. We occasionally have problems with suppliers delivering to our home in Spain. In this case the delivery was prompt and, pleasingly, without such issues.
Testing the Deuter Aircontact Pro rucksacks in the Sierra Nevada for forthcoming expeditions to Patagonia. But how did they perform? We have been testing these Deuter Aircontact Pro rucksacks recently in the Sierra Nevada for our forthcoming expeditions to Bolivia’s Cordillera Real and the Patagonian Icefields. But how did they perform?
Deuter Aircontact Pro rucksack Firstly, why did we choose the Deuter Aircontact Pro rucksacks to test? Well, we like Deuter and have used some of their smaller packs successfully for many years and they have a reputable name in outdoor manufacturing.
A review of the tents we currently use and recommend for year round mountain use in the Sierra Nevada, Alps and Patagonia. A recent clear out and repair of our tent stocks has made me re-evaluate which tents we use for which location and mountain activity. Basically we recommend high quality tents from well known makes such as Terra Nova, Bibler (now part of Black Diamond) and Hilleberg. Yes, I know there are many other fine tent makers out there, but I can only comment on what has worked for us over the past 10 years as mountain guides.