Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada: 38 walks, scrambles and multi-day traverses

Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada: 38 walks, scrambles and multi-day traverses

by Richard Hartley

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This guidebook offers a selection of 38 routes from simple day walks, high mountain scrambles to very demanding multi-day treks in the striking Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range in mainland Spain. Easily accessible from Granada and Malaga, it is a world of soaring, snow-clad peaks and deep valleys, far removed from the crowded beaches of the Costa del Sol just two hours away. The routes are spread across the national park, with attractive towns and villages such as Trevelez, Lanjaron, Hoya de la Mora and Cumbres Verdes serving as potential bases for a walking holiday. From more leisurely outings in the Cumbres Verde area to ascents of mainland Spain's highest summit, Mulhacen, there are routes to suit a range of abilities, although most require a reasonable degree of fitness, navigational skill and experience of high mountain terrain. Whilst some of the routes are day or half-day walks, others take advantage of the region's network of mountain shelters or offer an opportunity to wild camp. Also included are three longer traverses: 'Los Tres Picos' (the Spanish Three Peaks - Veleta, Mulhacen and Alcazaba), 'Los Tres Miles' Integral (a multi-day trek covering all the major 3000m peaks in the range) and an overview of the 302km Sulayr GR240. The walks can be enjoyed most of the year, however conditions may prove too hot at the peak of summer and extra care and equipment will be required in snow or ice: the descriptions assume summer conditions, but include additional notes for winter walking. The guide also includes advice on transport, bases and safety, a tick-list of the 3000m peaks and a Spanish-English glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783625581
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Publication date: 11/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Richard Hartley has lived in Lanjarón in the Sierra Nevada since 2002. He is the owner of a local company which runs mountaineering, snowshoeing and ski-touring trips in the Sierra Nevada and, further afield, organize regular expeditions to the Southern Patagonian Icecap.
Richard Hartley started walking in the UK hills in the mid-70s. In the 80s and 90s he spent many seasons walking and mountaineering in the Alps. Since then he has led six expeditions to the Patagonian Icecap and joined a Berghaus sponsored expedition in 2013 to ski volcanoes in Kamchatka. In 1998 he quit his job as an accountant in search of a better life and found it in the Sierra Nevada where he has lived since 2002 just outside the spa town of Lanjarn in the Alpujarras. He is the owner of local tour and guiding company, Spanish Highs, Sierra Nevada (www.spanishhighs.co.uk). They run walking, trekking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and ski touring trips into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and further afield, organise regular expeditions to the Southern Patagonian Icecap.

Table of Contents

Overview map Mulhacén and Alcazaba overview map Map key Mountain safety Route summary tables Introduction Plants and wildlife Climate and conditions Getting to the Sierra Nevada Getting around Accommodation and bases Respecting the environment Safety and rescue Water sources Weather resources Planning and maps Using this guide Walks Trevélez Route 1 Ascent of Alcazaba via Caada de Siete Lagunas Route 2 Ascent of Mulhacén via Caada de Siete Lagunas Route 3 Round of the Ro Juntillas and Trevélez valleys Capileira Route 4 Barranco de Poqueira circular Route 5 Ascent of Mulhacén from Hoya del Portillo Refugio Poqueira Route 6 Ascent of Mulhacén from Refugio Poqueira Route 7 The Caldera peaks Route 8 Around Mulhacén via the Vasar and Siete Lagunas Route 9 The Plpitos Western Alpujarras Route 10 Pico del Tajo de los Machos and Cerrillo Redondo Route 11 Ascent of Cerro del Caballo from the south Route 12 Ascent of Cerro del Caballo via los Tres Mojones Dlar valley Route 13 Silleta de Padul Route 14 Integral de los Alayos Cumbres Verdes Route 15 Boca de la Pesca Route 16 Trevenque via Cuerda del Trevenque Route 17 Circuit of Trevenque and Dlar valley Route 18 The Cerro Huenes group Route 19 Pico del Tesoro and Cerro del Cocn Route 20 Trevenque direct Ski area - Hoya de la Mora Route 21 Veleta, Tajos de la Virgen and Lagunillas Route 22 Veredn Superior and Cerro de los Machos Route 23 Veredn Inferior, Veta Grande, northern flanks and lakes Route 24 Across the mountains to Lanjarn via Refugio Elorrieta Vereda de la Estrella/Genil valley Route 25 Vereda de la Estrella, Refugio Cucaracha and Cueva Secreta Route 26 Cortijos del Hornillo circular Route 27 Ascent of Mulhacén via Cueva Secreta Route 28 Round of the northern peaks via Pea Partida Jérez del Marquesado and Refugio Postero Alto Route 29 Ascent of Picn de Jérez and round of the Alhor valley Puerto de la Ragua Route 30 The eastern peaks Main ridge traverse and longer treks Route 31 Los Tres Miles' Integral 3000m peaks Route 32 Los Tres Picos' - Veleta, Mulhacén and Alcazaba Route 33 The Sulayr GR240 High mountain scrambles Route 34 Espoln de Alcazaba Route 35 Traverse of Puntal de la Caldera Route 36 Espoln de la Caldera Route 37 Arista de las Campanitas Route 38 North ridge of Tozal del Cartujo Appendix A List of the 3000m peaks Appendix B Accommodation Appendix C Useful contacts Appendix D Glossary Appendix E Further reading

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