Kiersten Rowland

Adventures, Travel & Photography

A 2 day crossing of the Sierra Nevada in June

02 July 2010

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This year the Sierra Nevada is different, its still covered in snow, not just a little bit of snow but metres deep amount of snow, thanks to the amount of rain that fell on Andalucia this winter.

In fact Andalucia received 4 years of rain in just 3 months! So our 2 day crossing was a rather interesting affair, it was full on winter conditions. There are quite a few pictures for you too look at so im going to keep the writing short and let the pictures tell the story.

We got dropped off at the Hoya de Mora above the ski station at a height of 2500m at 21C. We headed South and hit snow at 2700m. We spent the night at the Elorrieta hut (3180m), which used to be a TB hospital!

It was freezing cold up here, we had to have all our layers on, and even got into our sleeping bags early to stay warm, yet it was a barmey 30C in Lanjaron. The next day we headed over Tajos de los Machos and down towards the Cebollar hut, crossed the Rio Chico and back to Puente Palo where we got picked up and driven back to Lanjaron.

You can see the route ahead of us that goes just below the rocks on the skyline
You can see the route ahead of us that goes just below the rocks on the skyline
Off to fetch some water from the re-emerging lake
Off to fetch some water from the re-emerging lake
The steep and in places exposed slope up
The steep and in places exposed slope up
This looks more like the Artic than Southern Spains Sierra Nevada in June
This looks more like the Artic than Southern Spains Sierra Nevada in June
The Elorrieta Hut. I think this places gives the best views in the Sierra Nevada
The Elorrieta Hut. I think this places gives the best views in the Sierra Nevada
Its colder inside than out! There are old bed frames in this hut which are better than the floor
Its colder inside than out! There are old bed frames in this hut which are better than the floor
Sitting outside admiring the view
Sitting outside admiring the view
All layers are on now, not long before having to get into sleeping bags to warm up! 30C in Lanjaron!
All layers are on now, not long before having to get into sleeping bags to warm up! 30C in Lanjaron!
The valley leading up to Cerro de Caballo was re-named by us as Khumbu Valley, the shadow forming reminded us of Khumbu!
The valley leading up to Cerro de Caballo was re-named by us as Khumbu Valley, the shadow forming reminded us of Khumbu!
Setting out the next morning on lovely hard snow
Setting out the next morning on lovely hard snow
Where in the world am I?
Where in the world am I?
Having crossed the ridge and starting the ascent towards Tajos de Los Machos. We are actually walking on what would normally be fresh air!
Having crossed the ridge and starting the ascent towards Tajos de Los Machos. We are actually walking on what would normally be fresh air!
Still heading up with the softening snow
Still heading up with the softening snow
Heading straight down the headwall of Tajos de Los Machos. A much easier decent with snow
Heading straight down the headwall of Tajos de Los Machos. A much easier decent with snow
You can see how soft the snow has got and ive got my sun hat on now!
You can see how soft the snow has got and ive got my sun hat on now!

Comments

A Husky Life: Wow, amazing!

Lisa: Wow! Amazing Pics! Looks like a gorgeous place! Lisa

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