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Sierra Nevada Snowshoeing Tours - new routes for winter

Sierra Nevada Snowshoeing Tours - new routes for winter

Discovering new locations to run Snowshoeing Tours in the Sierra Nevada. Sun and fun guaranteed! Just amazing that after many years of living here we are still discovering new locations to run our Snowshoeing Tours in the Sierra Nevada. Sun and fun guaranteed! About our Winter Sierra Nevada Snowshoeing Tours For winter we have some new locations, far away from anybody else including some new forests accessible only by 4WD vehicles.

Wild Camping In The Sierra Nevada

Wild Camping In The Sierra Nevada

If you only have a couple of days to spend in the Sierra Nevada and you enjoy wild camping, then this may be the trip for you. A good walk in wild and dramatic scenery where few others will be seen! Also includes the park rules and regulations regarding a wild camp. Many thanks to Ian Tupman for this guest post Our starting point is the Central Eléctrica (power station) at La Cebadilla which is at 1,600m and is reached by a driveable track from above the village of Capileira.

Combining trekking on the Sulayr and Sierra Nevada

Combining trekking on the Sulayr and Sierra Nevada

Combining the Sulayr GR240 trek with the higher regions of the Sierra Nevada can provide for a interesting walking and hiking holiday. Here is a report sent in about one such self guided trek. The first three days of our trip we took the sulayr route (roughly stages 4 – 6). That was generally relatively easy walking, although the climb from Lanjaron to the Sulayr trail (well marked and clear trail) didn’t really allow for an easy start.

Sierra Nevada Scrambling - the ridge of Puntal de la Caldera

Sierra Nevada Scrambling - the ridge of Puntal de la Caldera

The west to east traverse of the Puntal de la Caldera gives fine high altitude Sierra Nevada Scrambling opportunities Here is a route description of how to do it. N.B This route description applies to summer only. Please wear a helmet as there is plenty of loose rock! No need for a rope unless you have beginners or want to push the grades. We caught the first chairlift access from Pradollano, ski centre in the Sierra Nevada.

"Walking over Lemons", Alpujarra Hiking Weeks with Chris Stewart

"Walking over Lemons", Alpujarra Hiking Weeks with Chris Stewart

Spanish Highs have teamed up with writer Chris Stewart & delightful accommodation at Casa Ana to bring guided walking holidays in the Alpujarras The holiday The Alpujarra is one of Spain’s most spectacular and unspoilt walking areas, with hikes in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and rambles through the meadows, orchards and white villages. The holiday is based at CASA ANA, a gem of a guest house on the edge of Ferreirola, with magnificent views of the Trevelez river gorge.

The Sierra Nevada Poppy (Papaver Lapeyrousianum)

The Sierra Nevada Poppy (Papaver Lapeyrousianum)

Information about the rare and unique Sierra Nevada Poppy (Papaver Lapeyrousianum) found in the Sierra Nevada mountains and some parts of the Pyrenees. This is quite a remarkable plant, unique but endangered. We found growing a few days ago on a windswept ridge of Mulhacén at 3300m. In almost 100 ascents of Mulhacén, mainland Spain’s highest mountain, I had never come across this pretty flower and yet there it was flourishing between the rock slabs.

Trek over Alcazaba and the NE ridge of Mulhacén

Trek over Alcazaba and the NE ridge of Mulhacén

A two day trek for the adventurous hiker over some of the roughest and highest parts of Spain’s Sierra Nevada, including Mulhacén and Alcazaba. Spanish Highs’ self stated mission to “Inspire The Adventure” means that we are really at our happiest when we are taking clients to new areas and trekking different routes, far away from the masses on the summer trade routes. Whilst others prefer to slog away on the regular routes accompanied by fellow bus passengers we prefer the solitude of the “real” Sierra Nevada.

Spanish Highs guide, Jens Foell, climbs Half-Dome in Yosemite

Spanish Highs guide, Jens Foell, climbs Half-Dome in Yosemite

Spanish Highs guide Jens Foell recently fulfilled a dream, that of climbing the incredible “Half Dome” in Yosemite National Park Our guides here in the Sierra Nevada are always looking to increase experience and expertise. Thanks to Spanish Highs guide Jens Foell for this report about his recent fulfilling of a dream, that of climbing the incredible “Half Dome” in Yosemite National Park ‘A dramatic setting with clean and exposed climbing qualifies Snake Dike as one of the most glorious moderate climbs on the planet.

5 Tips to lighten your pack for Multi Day Mountain Backpacking Trips

5 Tips to lighten your pack for Multi Day Mountain Backpacking Trips

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.

The Kamchatka Expedition Part 5 - The escape and a very long bus ride

The Kamchatka Expedition Part 5 - The escape and a very long bus ride

A very small weather window allowed us to extract ourselves from base camp and return to Klyuchi and eventually Petropavlosk Part 5 of Kiersten Rowland’s report on our April 2013 expedition to Kamchatka with Berghaus to ski volcanoes It’s now summer in Andalucia and the heat of August has made me decide it’s time to venture back to the freezer known as Kamchatka to cool myself down and try and get this story finished.

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