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.
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!
Snapshot from the Weather Station 14th August 2021
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.
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.
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.