Somewhere South of Granada

Walking

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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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Photos from yesterdays walk in the beautiful Dehesa de Camarate near Lugros. We were a bit early for the October explosion of autumnal colours but a nice walk nevertheless.

We stayed overnight in Guadix at the Cuevas Abuelo Ventura. Spent a very convivial evening eating and drinking at the Liceo Accitano Restaurante Café Bar.

A good time to try out my new Sony 6400 camera. Some successes but overall I feel I have a lot to learn about using Aperture and Shutter Priority settings. Still, I managed a decent macro shot of Autumn Crocuses and managed to slow/blur the motion of the stream.

Autumn crocuses

Slow motion stream

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Today I've been helping the Chris Stewart walking group. A superb walking tour around the Barranco de Poqueira. Part time taxi driver for Kiersten, dog walker extraordinaire, part time guide and full time teller of tall stories. Guess what? I loved it! Good to be out in the Sierra Nevada showing people our beautiful mountains.

Today I also had the pleasure of meeting Antonio, a long time Facebook friend and legend in the Sierra Nevada. It's great that the mountains give us these moments of “coming together” in friendship.

Antonio Ramos Lafuente

Antonio Ramos Lafuente

Chris Stewart at Cortijo de Pitres

Chris Stewart at Cortijo de Pitres

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There's something uniquely satisfying about reading the weather right. 10 minutes after finishing the walk today in the Monachil Gorge the heavens opened. Really good to be back enjoying Los Cahorros, 15 years since I was last there. Thanks to the Nomads for the good company and jovial banter. Good session afterwards in the bar too!

Bridge in the gorge

One of the bridges in the gorge
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Only one place to be on a hot spanish summers day ... in the river!

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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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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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