Somewhere South of Granada

Daily thoughts & musings from mountain life here in southern Spain

#Trekking #SierraNevada

Yesterday we went in search of Shangri-La. And we found it! To the people of Lanjaron, their Shangri-La is the upper Lanjaron valley, it's lakes and it's rivers. It's the source of it's life giving waters. A special place that we were privileged to walk and spend the night in.

Entering the spectacular upper Lanjaron Valley

Entering the spectacular upper Lanjaron Valley

Cerro de Caballo behind as the valley opens out

Cerro de Caballo behind as the valley opens out

#Weather #Alpujarras

We have been keeping weather records at our house since 2006. Records to end of 2018 were collected by our Davis Pro Weather Station. Records since 1st January 2019 were collected by our Weatherflow Station. They form an interesting history of weather events in Lanjaron and the Alpujarras.

The previous “high” was in July 2017 when we reached 41.7C. Today we have been closely watching the rise in temperature and late this afternoon we beat our record. Highest recorded temperature since 2006 is now officially 42.1C!

High 14th August 2021

Snapshot from the Weather Station 14th August 2021

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Record of Highs since 2006

Record of Highs since 2006

#Video #Camping

This is how I currently have my mountain stove set up using a Vargo Triad stove, windshield, 1l titanium pot, fire stick and primer (bottle top). Combined weight is 212 grams without fuel.

I use lamp fuel, obtainable here in Spain for €2 a litre. I use about 40ml for each 500ml boil. Boil time depends on outside air temperature, but I get between 13 and 15 minutes a boil in the mountains.

I like the Vargo Triad, once I got used to it. It's lightweight (38 grams) and can burn Esbit pastilles too as a back up. Important that a simple primer system is used though as without that the stove can take some minutes to get going.

#Dogs #Video

Although I've had dogs that are supposedly “water dogs” such as Labradors and Leonbergers etc, none has really taken to the water. Of course, this is southern Spain so there isn't that much water anywhere, which hasn't helped.

Yesterday we took them to a river that we have just discovered that flows regularly throughout the summer. It's cool in the shade of the gorge, surrounded by high vegetation. here there is a small lake that's perfect for experimentation.


After watching the superb TV Series “Start Up”, I became fascinated with the dark web. I had previously dabbled with Tor but didn't really understand much about it.

I am a bit of a privacy freak though and the thought of securing my laptop and online presence against peering eyes certainly appealed. The heat of the Spanish summer had led me to the cool air of indoors. I had time on my hands.


#Walking #LecrinValley #AlpujarraNomads

Only one place to be on a hot spanish summers day ... in the river!

#Trekking #SierraNevada #AlpujarraNomads

The North Face of Mulhacen. Its long been an ambition of mine to view the sunrise from Mulhacen's north face. This morning I got my wish and it didn't disappoint!

Leave the summer crowds heading up Mulhacen behind and instead have a go at the Vasar de Mulhacen which takes an improbable looking horizontal shelf across the seemingly vertical north face of Mulhacén to reach the peak of Puntal de Siete Lagunas. An adrenaline-filled but very straightforward walk to a superb summit with only one short section where the hands need to leave the pockets.

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Morning sunlight on Puntal de la Caldera

Morning sunlight on Puntal de la Caldera

Edging our way carefully across Mulhacen's north face

Edging our way carefully across Mulhacen's north face

Morning light on Veleta and Cerro de los Machos

Morning light on Veleta and Cerro de los Machos

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Route map

#Trekking #Camping #SierraNevada

It's a long time since I had a pre dawn start in the mountains and I had forgotten how wonderful an experience it was moving at first light.

Camping has got easier too with lightweight gear. My trusty 1.5kg single skin Crux Raid X1 tent kept Kiersten and I snug as temperatures dropped to below 5C.

The sub 200gm cooking stove/pot/windshield combination from “Stormin Stoves” performed admirably. All in all a pack under 6kg (without water).

And coming down the mountain at midday after a days walking, just as people were heading up Mulhacen, meant we were always going against the grain. The best way to enjoy the summer mountains for sure.

Getting ready to depart by headtorch

Getting ready to depart by headtorch

The Stormin Stove bubbling away nicely!

The Stormin Stove bubbling away nicely!

Silhouette near the Collado del Ciervo

Silhouette near the Collado del Ciervo

River walk at Albunuelas.

Story of my life this photo. A group selfie with a 10 second timer. Slip on a wet rock just as photo takes. Doh! You might recognise Jane and Kiersten in the photo laughing at my mishaps.

Seriously though ... this is a staged shot and it took us about 5 attempts to get right haha.

More photos from this spanish river walk

River Walking at Albunuelas

#Walking #Dogs #Video

A superb way to spend a hot summers day! Walking up the river gorge outside The village of Albuñuelas in the Lecrin Valley near Granada, Spain.

Lots of shaded forest and woodland and always the sounds of gushing waters. The walk up the river takes a couple of leisurely hours with an hour's walk back along the road.

Amazonía in southern Spain!! Our dogs loved it.

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