Footsteps in the Alpujarras

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We walked up the Lanjaron Valley to the far end and came back via the spectacular Verea Corta. It was a surprisingly hot couple of days. We had some great close up encounters with wildlife including Golden Eagle, Griffon Vultures, Ibex and lots of butterflies.

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Keeping cool walking in the river

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The national park bus dropped us off, it was nice to feel the cooler mountain air. The clouds enveloped us on and off. A big boom of thunder decided where we would spend the night. Only a drop or two of rain fell on us, we were lucky the storm stayed to the north of us. The wind picked up, we hunkered down in our sleeping bags and awoke in the early hours to a brilliant starry sky until the full moon arrived. An early start was needed because we couldn't get to our planned bivvy site due to the storm. The next day was cloudless and perfect walking conditions. We had a brilliant two days.

It was quite humid up there which gave us some great entertainment from the clouds rolling in and out

Enjoying sunrise looking towards Laguna de la Mosca and Alcazaba
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We took the national park bus up into the Sierra Nevada. Then we dropped down into the impressive Corral de Veleta and started our ascent up Cerro de los Machos. After descending we took the Paso de los Guias before descending to Lagunillas and walking back to the cars.

As always it was a spectacular day out in the high mountains.

Heading down into the spectacular Corral de Veleta

At the summit of Los Machos admiring the view
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This time we did an overnight camp to enable us to do this round trip. It was a short walk on the first day to our overnight camp spot at Lavaderos de la Reina. The second day was an early start before the sun hit us to make an ascent of Picon de Jerez. Then we traversed the main ridge covering 3 more 3000m peaks. We took a good rest before a very long and hot decent back to the cars.

The north faces of Alcazaba, Mulhacen and Veleta

Camp
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Another grand day out in the mountains this time we went up Cerro de Caballo (3009m). The beauty in the mountains at this time of year is just remarkable.

Griffon Vulture

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We had the most amazing day today, again 😉, in another of my favourite mountain areas and it didn't fail with it's beautiful display of wildflowers, many endemic, and nature. Gentians of various sorts, Violas and carnivorous plants, hundred or so Griffon Vultures and one very special Lammergeier.

It's an overload on the senses. No words can do it justice, photo's capture some of it, but it's best to be experienced first hand. Take a look through some pictures and then click on the galleries to see more pictures.

Griffon Vulture

The carnivous plan Pingüicola nevadensis
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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.

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I've been hanging out in one of my happy places today 😎

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We had an amazing walk up Cerro Lucero. Again we spent the night close to the start of the walk. We stayed in Competa, first time we've stayed there.

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