Kiersten Rowland

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New Years Day – An attempt on a day in the Sierra Nevada mountains

03 January 2010

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We stayed in on New Years eve so we could wake up fresh for our early start on New Years day. The plan was to go to Puente Palo and climb to the 3005m summit of Cerrillo Redondo in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

Our good friends Wael and Orla also joined in. The 6 of us met on time, no hangovers in sight and away we went driving to the start point at Puente Palo. We started walking up the forest track and quickly wished we had not left the snow shoes in the car!

But we had a lovely walk through the forest for an hour and half even if the snow was deep in places. We stepped out of the forest at 2100m and got hit by spindrift, gale force winds and no view.  After half an hour of not getting very far, group decision was to abandon and head back down to Lanjaron.

At a height of 1700m us girls were kicked out the car and I walked the 4 of us back down to Lanjaron via the Rio Lanjaron following the Camino de la Sierra. At first we were hit by winds that knocked us backwards but as we dropped lower we left the strong winds and snow behind us and basked in the warm temperatures and sun.

Progress was slow as we were wearing our winter mountaineering boots which are not designed for the terrain we were walking through. 2 hours later we met Richard and Wael in one of the bars. Nobody in the bars had any idea of the severity of the weather just a 1000m above town! Dont forget to click on the image for a bigger version.

Walking through the forest at Puente Palo
Walking through the forest at Puente Palo
Me & Orla
Me & Orla
Me following the retreat back to the forest
Me following the retreat back to the forest
Heading back down the forest track at Puente Palo
Heading back down the forest track at Puente Palo
Happy to be back to the relative safety of the car
Happy to be back to the relative safety of the car

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