Somewhere South of Granada

Daily thoughts & musings from mountain life here in southern Spain

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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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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.

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River Walking at Albunuelas

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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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Yesterday's trip into the dramatic Corral del Veleta. Still plenty of snow remaining. A steep climb up to the wonderful viewpoint of Cerro de los Machos. Morocco clear on the southern horizon. Then via the Paso de los Guias to Collado de Carihuela and back via the lush “borreguiles” and lakes at Lagunillas. A superb day.

Today we've been doing a bit of this. As I said to Kiersten .... “if you don't let go, you can't fall off”.

At the Paso de los Guias, Veleta

At the Paso de los Guias, Veleta

Dropping into the Coral del Veleta

Dropping into the Coral del Veleta

On Cerro de los Machos looking towards Alcazaba and Mulhacen

On Cerro de los Machos looking towards Alcazaba and Mulhacen

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It's my wedding anniversary so I asked my wife to pack for an overnighter. She started to pack her rucksack, sleeping bag etc, expecting yet another cold mountain bivouac 😅. I actually booked a posh hotel in Nerja with beach, hot sun, cocktails & curry. Full of surprises, me

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An amazing 2 day trek covering the northern 3000m peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

Day 1 Walk to Lavaderos de la Reina: Quite simply the most beautiful wild camping location in the Sierra Nevada. Watched the sun set and then fell asleep to the sound of running water

Looking south towards Alcazaba and Mulhacen

Looking south towards Alcazaba and Mulhacen

Day 2:

Ascent of Picon de Jerez – A start at first light. Then a tough 500m climb over rough scree, achieved in under 2 hours

Traverse the main ridge over 3 other 3000m peaks – easy walking, superb views and light winds with spectacular views

Descent back to car – a tough descent of 1200m into the afternoon heat. Legs feel it a bit (lot!) this morning

Thanks to my amazing and fine spirited companions Kiersten Hartley Rowland, Matt Dowse, Alistair Hunter and Ann Hunter

On the Puntal de Juntillas

On the Puntal de Juntillas

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A bug tent at 2600m, stunning views, running water, with a nice, dehydrated curry meal, cup of coffee and a couple of cereal bars before bed.

The campsite in Lavaderos de la Reina

The campsite in Lavaderos de la Reina

Evening sunset over Granada from Lavaderos de la Reina

Evening sunset over Granada from Lavaderos de la Reina

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Solo para vegetarianas (o conejos)

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Yesterdays walk up Europe's most south westerly 3000m peak, the Cerro de Caballo. The old legs feel a bit tired today, my first time at altitude since the heart problems and definitely struggled getting enough oxygen circulating through the body. Must go even slower next time!

North from summit of Cerro de Caballo

North from summit of Cerro de Caballo

The Refugio de Caballo appears in the distance

The Refugio de Caballo appears in the distance

Descending the Tres Mojones Ridge

Descending the Tres Mojones Ridge

Yesterday was certainly a “Big Sky” sort of day!

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