The Sierra Nevada offers a huge variety of untapped photography potential. This is high and wild country, with few visitors and fewer footpaths, and lots of wildlife.
Travelling in late spring, we’ll photograph snow tunnels, alpine lakes and meadows, ruined mountain refuges and the views from many of the 30 mountains over 3000ms. Our plans include a sunset visit to the most dramatic summit of the entire range, and a north face traverse of the highest mountain in mainland Spain. This UNESCO Biosphere reserve is rich in flora and fauna including Bee-eater, Eagle and Griffin Vulture, Ibex, and many endemic plants and insects.
Sahara hued sunsets and silent mountain corries surrounded by castellated spires of mica and quartz, no roads, no light pollution and a profound sense of space. You will come back with original images having had a real adventure in genuinely unspoilt mountain terrain.
Based on the historic ‘Los Tres Miles’ route, our itinerary is physically challenging but entirely non-technical, and most important - well off the beaten track. We’ll be camping in tents along the way, giving us the chance to photograph at dawn and dusk when the light is at its best. Imagine the grandeur of the Alps… more desert-like and more deserted, and without the commercialisation… or the rough boulder strewn ridges and plateaus of the Carn Mòr Dearg Arete in Scotland or the Glyderau in Wales… but without the hype (and visitor numbers!) that such places generate in the UK.
Fee: €800, (Deposit: €200)
Our small group and relaxed itinerary mean plenty of time for individual coaching as well as more structured group photography sessions. David completed a full traverse of these mountains in 2018 and has been visiting the area for over a decade.
Richard has lived in the Sierra Nevada for 16 years and knows the area intimately, so much so that he’s written the only English guidebook to the area.
This is an alpine trek, and a good level of hill fitness is needed, as well as a reasonable head for heights. Our route may be strenuous but is entirely non-technical, so you won’t need any scrambling or climbing experience.
Some backpacking equipment can be provided - Tents free of charge, stoves and gas canisters for a small fee. There’s also the opportunity to share or loan some other kit, including camera accessories. A full kit list and guidance will be supplied upon booking.
David Lintern writes and photographs for The Great Outdoors Magazine, BMC’s Summit Magazine, Outdoor Enthusiast, Trek and Mountain and Adventure Travel among others.
He’s a regular contributor to Scotland’s most visited online outdoor tourism website, Walk Highlands, and has won awards for both his photography and writing.
He has a teaching background, many years of outdoors experience and works as a photo guide and tutor across Scotland. Website: www.davidlintern.com
Richard Hartley started walking in the UK hills in the mid 1970s, before spending many seasons walking and mountaineering in the Alps. He has led six expeditions to the Patagonian Icecap and in 2013 joined a Berghaus sponsored expedition to ski volcanoes in Kamchatka.
Richard moved to the Sierra Nevada mountains in 2002. He is the owner of the tour and guiding company Spanish Highs, and runs walking, trekking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and ski touring trips into the mountains from his base in Lanjaron.
He also leads regular expeditions to the Southern Patagonian Icecap and is the author of the recent Cicerone Guidebook “Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada”.
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