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Recommended insurance for rescue services in the mountains

Recommended insurance for rescue services in the mountains

Advice regarding appropriate insurance for mountain rescue services in the Sierra Nevada The recent statement from the spanish government that they intend to charge for rescue services, if it is found that the rescued were “negligent” (whatever that means?), brings into question the increased need for insurance cover. See https://www.spanishhighs.co.uk/articles/post/paying-rescue-sierra-nevada-negligence/ for further details. If coming out to visit the Sierra Nevada as part of our mountaineering, trekking, skiing or walking activity holidays, relevant insurances should be obtained.

Paying for rescue in the Sierra Nevada in cases of negligence

Paying for rescue in the Sierra Nevada in cases of negligence

Rescued are to be charged cost of recovery if found to have acted in an unreasonable or negligent way Rescued trekkers and climbers are to be charged the cost of recovery if they are found to have acted in what is deemed to be an unreasonable or negligent way, say the spanish government. This is to be implemented from the beginning of October 2009. According to the government………” they advise you to check the weather, the guidebooks and maps.

West ridge of the Puntal de la Caldera, Sierra Nevada

West ridge of the Puntal de la Caldera, Sierra Nevada

Scrambling ridge traverse in the Sierra Nevada of Puntal de la Caldera from west to east The attractive peak of the Puntal de la Caldera (3223m) with the Laguna de la Caldera nestling at it’s feet makes a spectacular setting. Many times in winter during Alpine Winter Skills Training courses we have sat atop it’s narrow summit after ascended via it’s east ridge from the Collado del Ciervo. A fine route, much better and more interesting, in my opinion, than the higher, bulky form of Mulhacen (3482m) to it’s immediate east.

Trekking the 3000m peaks of the Spain’s Sierra Nevada

Trekking the 3000m peaks of the Spain’s Sierra Nevada

Volker Krenz reports on his experiences on a 4 day high level trek climbing peaks in the Sierra Nevada The following trip report was sent in by Volker Krenz after a 4 day trek in the Sierra Nevada covering “Los Tres Miles”. This is a wonderful high altitude trek covering the major 3000m peaks in the range. We supported him in his self guided trek by dropping him off at high trailheads above Lanjaron.

Advice on summer walking in Spain on Los Tres Miles, Sierra Nevada

Advice on summer walking in Spain on Los Tres Miles, Sierra Nevada

Chiz Dakin gives advice about high level trekking Los Tres Miles, Sierra Nevada, Spain The following detailed report is by Chiz Dakin of Peak Images. She joined us on one of our 5 day Los Tres Miles, 3000m peak traverses, in the Sierra Nevada. It provided interesting reading and a good summary of this adventurous trek for those interested in following in her footsteps. Chiz Dakin is an award-winning professional photographer and guidebook writer, who specialises in landscape, outdoors adventure and travel photography

Spaghetti Western Film Locations near Tabernas

Spaghetti Western Film Locations near Tabernas

Some of the movies and film locations in the desert scenery around Tabernas in Almeria “Walking in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood” There is no doubt that the scenery around Tabernas in Almeria is dramatic. We have been running Walking Tours in the Tabernas Desert for many years now and the views never fail to inspire. Sergio Leone and the Spaghetti Western crews realised this too, and from the 1960’s onwards, the deserts have been used for such film materpieces as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, “Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” and “Shalako” amongst others.

Patagonia Icefield Expedition Diary 2010

Patagonia Icefield Expedition Diary 2010

Report from Jane Fields on her experiences on the Patagonian Icefield Expedition in 2010 Patagonia Icefield Expeditions Expedition photos Day 1 Rolling across the Patagonian Steppe on un-surfaced roads on a crowded bus was how this journey began. Nothing for miles but open grassland and hills on the horizon. My daydreams were interrupted by a stop at an Inn in the middle of nowhere where we were treated to coffee and delicious home-made cakes.

El Pulpito - mountain gem in the heart of the Sierra Nevada

El Pulpito - mountain gem in the heart of the Sierra Nevada

Things conspired against us from the start. A red wine or two more than we should have the night before, a late start and adverse weather. We parked the car above Capileira and made our way up the Poqueira Gorge on the normal route to the Refugio Poqueira. We had no real agenda other than to have a good time in the mountains. The storm hit us just below CortijSpanish Highs Thomas.

Los Tres Miles – Traverse of the main peaks of the Sierra Nevada

Los Tres Miles – Traverse of the main peaks of the Sierra Nevada

So there we were, loaded up with 5 days of equipment and food. Richard, of Spanish Highs Mountain Guides, dropped us off at the trailhead near the Ventura Hut at 2250m above the town of Lanjaron in the Alpujarra region of Andalucia, Spain. The skies were blue and clear as we made our way onwards. There was a real feeling of “getting away from it all”. Within 15 minutes we arrived at the ruined Ventura Hut.

Favourite Mountaineering Quotes - some funny, some serious

Favourite Mountaineering Quotes - some funny, some serious

A collection of some of the finest and favourite mountaineering quotes of all time The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun Alex Lowe To qualify for mountain rescue work, you have to pass our test. The doctor holds a flashlight to your ear. If he can see light coming out the other one, you qualify Willy Pfisterer The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too Hervey Voge

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