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
Dropping into the Coral del Veleta
On Cerro de los Machos looking towards Alcazaba and Mulhacen
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!
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?
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.
I got some great images from yesterdays walk up Cerro Lucero (1779m) in the Sierra de Almijara. But, lets be honest, when you have perfect weather and stunning mountain scenery you can't fail in your photography.
We had very clear and distant views. The remaining snows of the Sierra Nevada can be seen around Veleta, hardly any on the Cerro de Caballo, which is unusual for mid-May. We could also see the Sierra de Lujar, Sierra de Gador to the east and over to the west, the Sierra Blanca and Sierra de la Nieves.
Some photos from yesterdays ascent of Cerro Alfaro. A fine day for the ascent of this unique peak in the center of the desert badlands. Took us nearly 5 hrs for this circular walk with over 550m ascent and 8km with rough and complex ground to negotiate. A superb day with distant views.
With the Alpujarra Nomads Walking Group
Somewhere way down there you can see the motorway winding it's way through the convoluted badlands of Almeria
Mulhacen and Alcazaba in the Sierra Nevada seen yesterday from Monte Alfaro, some 80km away across the eastern Alpujarras and Tabernas Desert. The town of Canyajar prominent
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