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Patagonian Icecap November 2016 and Ascent of Cerro Mariano Moreno

Patagonian Icecap November 2016 and Ascent of Cerro Mariano Moreno

Details of our proposed expedition in November 2016 to the Patagonian Icecap to climb the remote peak of Cerro Mariano Moreno (3462m). It is the third highest peak in Patagonia and is rarely climbed. It is the highest summit in the Cordon Mariano Moreno massif, in the centre of the icecap and is accessible only by lengthy trekking over the many glaciers. The first ascent was done by the remarkable Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri in February 1958.

A Day Above The Clouds

A Day Above The Clouds

Report of a day walk in the Sierra Nevada peaks encircling the Rio Chico above Lanjarón, including Cerrillo Redondo and Tajos de los Machos Thanks to guest writer, Ian Tupman for this report of his day walk in the Sierra Nevada peaks encircling the Rio Chico above Lanjarón, including Cerrillo Redondo and Tajos de los Machos. The 5th to the 8th of December this year has been a “puente”, a Spanish holiday celebrating both the new constitution in 1978 and the immaculate conception, several years earlier.

Tips if you plan Self Guided trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Tips if you plan Self Guided trekking in the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada in summer can provide high quality trekking for self guided groups Here’s a few tips sent in by John Halstead who’s group attempted the “Tres Miles Integral” last summer. _ The Plan: Our party of four (average age 60) planned to do the whole route from the Loma de los Cuartos travelleing SW. At the last minute we decided to reverse our route on advice from Richard as there was a car rally taking place in the area which closed the roads leading N out of Lanjaron.

Ascents, Lagunas & Sunrise in the Sierra Nevada

Ascents, Lagunas & Sunrise in the Sierra Nevada

We recently supported 201 Field Hospital on “Sierra Nevada Tres Miles Integral” 201 Field Hospital on Twitter “On 05 September 2015 a team from 201 Field Hospital embarked on Exercise Northern Brighella. Adventurous Training (AT) is an integral part of Military Training and greatly valued at 201 Field Hospital. The definition of AT is ‘Challenging outdoor training for Service Personnel in specified adventurous activities that incorporates controlled exposure to risk, in order to develop: leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, moral and physical courage; as well as other personal attributes and skills that are vital to the delivery of Operational Capability’ www.

Ascent of the NW Espolón de Alcazaba, Sierra Nevada

Ascent of the NW Espolón de Alcazaba, Sierra Nevada

The steep NW face of Alcazaba in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains has long been a target for us. The Espolón is the classic route. We decided to go and climb it! Access to the Espolón Access to the face is most easily made from the Collado de Ciervo, near the Laguna de la Cadera and west of Mulhacén summit. A zig zag path leads down into the northern corrie of Mulhacén where sits the delightful Laguna de la Mosca.

Ascent of the Espolón de la Caldera, Sierra Nevada

Ascent of the Espolón de la Caldera, Sierra Nevada

Describes an ascent of the Espolón de la Caldera, an alpine type climb and scramble in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain range in July 2015 The Espolón de la Caldera is in fact the NW ridge of the Puntal de la Caldera, found just to the west of Mulhacén’s, Collado de Ciervo, in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It gives a rough and sometimes loose scramble with many possibilities for making the ascent easier or tougher to suit.

Scrambling & Approach Boot Group Test & Review

Scrambling & Approach Boot Group Test & Review

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.

Walking from Trevélez to Refugio Horcajo, Sierra Nevada

Walking from Trevélez to Refugio Horcajo, Sierra Nevada

A linear walk in the Sierra Nevada alongside the Rio Trevélez to the junction with the Rio Juntillas and then a steep climb up to the delightful Refugio Horcajo set in a stunning location amid high peaks. Although I had walked down the Rio Trevelez from the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada on numerous occasions, I had never visited the Refugio Horcajo, which sits on a little plateau next to a small river at approx 2220m.

New Personalised Mountain Weather Forecasting

New Personalised Mountain Weather Forecasting

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.

Living on the Edge, a winter ascent Tozal del Cartujo NW ridge

Living on the Edge, a winter ascent Tozal del Cartujo NW ridge

Ian Tupman makes his first winter ascent of the NW ridge of the Tozal del Cartujo in Spain’s Sierra Nevada A report from Ian Tupman who made his first winter ascent of the NW ridge of the Tozal del Cartujo in Spain’s Sierra Nevada in late April 2015 with Spanish Highs guide, Felipe Nieto. In October 2013 I joined up with Spanish Highs for a ‘dry’ traverse of the Arista del Cartujo (see earlier report).

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