Somewhere South of Granada

Daily thoughts & musings from mountain life here in southern Spain

#Walking #AlpujarraNomads #SierradeHuetor

Last Tuesday the Nomads walking group headed to the Sierra de Huetor just north of Granada. There was a peak there that I had seen many times from the A92 motorway during my years in Spain. It is called the Penon de la Cruz. I never climbed it before because, quite frankly, it looked a bit uninteresting and boring. How wrong was I?

Reaching the summit, Sierra Nevada beyond

Reaching the summit, the Sierra Nevada beyond
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#Walking #ChrisStewart

On Friday I helped guide a Casa Ana group with Kiersten and Chris Stewart. A nice walk with only 300m easy uphill throught he pine forests from the Hoya del Portillo to arrive at the Puerto Molina.

Then a long descent down the GR240 and off back towards the Barranco de Cerezo and down to Capileira, where the group enjoyed a cold beer before heading home.

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#Misc #KentonCool

It's not often we meet celebrities here in our hidden away part of southern Spain. This particular week we welcomed a well known figure of the mountaineering world, Kenton Cool with 15 Everest ascents under his belt and various other big climbs since 1993. He visited the Sierra Nevada with our logistical help.

Kenton Cool is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers, an avid adventurer and also a highly engaging and inspiring motivational speaker. He has successfully climbed Mount Everest 15 times along with many other mountain peaks around the globe. He is the only Briton to ski down two 8,000m peaks and is an IFMGA guide.

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#Walking #AlpujarraNomads

The day had started off as a normal Alpujarra Nomads day walk but soon turned into a bit of an extended pub/beach crawl.

We started (fully clothed!) at the nudist beach at Playa Cantarijjan and hiked slowly up the gentle coastal path towards Playa Cañuelo. Within 10 minutes we turned right and up the steepening and rocky slopes to the summit of Cerro Caleta 200m. Some great views towards the sea and Nerja to the west. Then its an undulating ridge to join the road to the NW before dropping down the road to the Bar at Playa Cañuelo.

This is where things started to go wrong. I arrived to find a “cerveza grande” waiting for me. This was followed by another and then food galore, primarily platefuls of chips. Suitable fed and watered the walking took second place to chilling out on the beach.

On the way to the summit of Cerro Caleta

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#Family

Just had Emma and Claire out for a week. I call them “kids” but they are 40 and 38 years of age! Great to see them after the 2 years of disruption caused by the Covid pandemic.

We did plenty of walks and enjoyed some great views and spectacular scenery. Also had some nice meals out. Enjoyed having them around.

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#Walking #Family #Alpujarras

A new walk is being constructed near Lanjaron, out of an old trading route from the coast that brought fish into the Alpujarra.

This circular walk half day walk we did gives interesting views and, rather surprisingly, a swing chair half way round. Different!

#Photography #Walking #Family

Been playing with the camera again today as we returned to the Rio Saleres to do this spectacular river walk with Emma and Claire. The route only takes 2.5 hours but is a special journey into scenery few get to enjoy.

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#AlpujarraNomads #Walking #Family

The plan had been to climb Pico Lucero from the north but Mrs Google Maps sending us into a remote dead end! So, no Pico Lucero today.

Instead we made the best of it and discovered a superb circuit of the Puerto de Frigiliana and the Mirador de Agua. Great views and superb weather despite a cold start.

Traversing to the Mirador de Agua

Traversing to the Mirador de Agua

Above the Puerto de Frigiliana to the Sea

Above the Puerto de Frigiliana to the Sea

Heading back to the car

Heading back to the car

#Walking #Family #Alpujarras

Walk along the acequias above Lanjaron this morning with my girls (Kiersten, Emma, Claire and Rita) + Arko. A cold start, felt like autumn had arrived but this walk will become more colourful as autumn advances.

We started and finished above the Bar Frenazo at the western end of Lanjaron and did a circular clockwise route.

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