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El Mulhacen & Co

El Mulhacen & Co

Postby Sunny Speyside » Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:46 am

Date walked: 09/09/2016

Distance: 85 km

Ascent: 3050m

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A wonderful weeks holiday in Las Alpujarras, although the walks were not difficult they were very challenging due to the high temperatures every day- in excess of 35C so wet towels round the neck and sun hats were di rigour for the week. Quite a novelty at first scrambling on dry rocks up to 'Angels Peak' but as the temps rose it became quite uncomfortable when bare skin touched the hot, hot rocks ouch!
Highlight of the week was persuading the leader that the summit of El Mulhacen would be a good idea, it wasn't on the programme but at least it would be a bit cooler up at 3500m and it was, though at that height altitude does have an effect especially when the wind picked up later in the day and I was more conscious of my breathing even in descent.
The views over the Sierras were magnificent although the heat haze did prevent views across the Med to the Rif mountains but we did see the clouds hanging over them :lol: :lol: just like home a bit of imagination is required!

Angels Peak.JPG
Hot rock scrambling

El Mulhacen.5.JPG
Pico Veleta and El Muhacen the round lump on right

The Top of Spain.jpg
On top of the world...well Spain anyway!

Mountain Goat.JPG
The locals were unimpressed!
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