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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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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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A glorious walk on the western slopes of Cerro de Caballo along the Acequia de los Hechos to the lonely and remote Laguna del Puesta Cura

What a day! You won't find this lake we visited on most maps. It involves a 5hr round trip of 12km with 600m ascent. All accompanied by running water, grand scenery and wild flowers, some endemic. On a hot day with grand company ... what could be better?

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Brilliant day in the hills today, high above the Lanjaron valley. On the left is Europe's most south westerly 3000m peak, the Cerro de Caballo. The pointed peak in Tajos Altos and to it's right, the upper valley of the Rio Lanjaron and Refugio Elorrieta.

I appear to be at my happiest when I am in the mountains. Some people are not as fortunate and will never get to see the beauty we did today.

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Todays hike above Capileira on the GR240 via Hoya del Portillo, Loma de Jabali and Rio Bermejo. Just fantastic! With the Alpujarra Nomads Walking Group

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The Alpujarra Nomad Walking Group had a lovely walk high above Trevelez in the Alpujarras to the peak of Peñabon.

The day included an amazing moment when the mountain mists start to clear and then finally clear to reveal the mountains in all their glorious beauty. This morning looking towards Peña de los Papos (2533m) above Trevelez, Sierra Nevada

Clouds clearing

The ascent

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The peak of Silleta de Padul may only have a moderate altitude of 1534m but it does give superb views in all directions and is well worth the effort involved in reaching it's summit. I had only previously climbed the Silleta de Padul from the north, so thought it was about time I had a go from the south.

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Spectacular scenery walking alongside the river and in the gorges, but hiking along the knife edge of the acequia wall not good for clumsy dogs like Arko. We turned back

crossing Rio Durcal

gorge scenery