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.
Just been watching the first video of Belgian mountaineer Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll making his solo ascent of the Fitz Roy Traverse in Patagonia from 5 – 10 February 2021, which he dubbed the Moonwalk Traverse.
This still, taken from Fitzroy summit, is significant for those who have ventured to the Patagonian Icecap with us between 2006 and 2016. The red line shows the 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2014 approaches to the Paso Marconi and the Icecap, the blue line the 2016 alternative approach due to dangerous conditions.
What is amazing is the lack of snow/ice in Feb 2021. I fear we may never return to the conditions that we enjoyed during those years
Brilliant day today. Just another beautiful day here in Granada. A 15km hike with 1200m ascent to a fine summit. Best stats for me since heart attack 2 years ago so I'm buzzing. There's life in the old dog yet!
This is a superb mountain day out to one of the finest summits in the Sierra Nevada region. Thoroughly recommended if you are in the Granada region as a day hike.
The very name strikes fear into the heart of every mountain adventurer. Well it does until they realise that Corazon de la Sandia actually means “Heart of the Watermelon” in spanish. Somewhat deflates the whole thing eh? But fear not, this is a proper mountain. It's situated in the Cumbres Verdes range west of the Sierra Nevada and is a fine mountain with a sting in the tale when you arrive near it's lofty, rugged summit.
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.
A beautiful winter walk in the Sierra de Contraviesa starting and ending at the Haza del Lino and taking in Cerro Salchicha 1545m. Superb views across to the snow clad peaks of the Sierra Nevada. And of course, colourful Almond Blossom all over the place!
Short video (<1min) showing a walk above the Alpujarra town of Lanjarón following the line of the gushing waters of the Mezquerina Acequia. No need for music, just the beautiful sound of the running water!