I am back in Granada,Spain & it is hot down here(35 C.). I am back after climbing the highest mountain in Europe outside of the European Alps and the Caucasus. Mulhathen (moolhussan )peak is just short of 3500 M & it is the highest peak in mainland Spain.It is in the Sierra Nevada range. . It was very steep,rocky ,slippery , very tough b.c . of the high altitudeoxygen shortage and it was very cold. We had to leg it back down the mountain pronto b.c a storm rolled in . It began to hail & rain , it snowed on the high ridges and there was thunder and lightning which is scary when you are above the treeline because there is more of a risk of being struck by lightning up there. . I am glad I took all my trekking attire.I was equipped for all weather. That was yesterday . On Tues. we climbed Picos El Pulpito(The Pulpit peak 2890 M.) as a warm up and a chance to acclimatize.On Tues. night we slept at the hike in only refuge hut at 2500 M. which was like a communal user pays hostal cum chalet with all mod. con.s ,situated on the lower slopes of the Mulhacen peak, way above the treeline .
I feel good having done such a big trek & climb ( 17 km on Tues. and 17 kms yesterday plus the ascents and descents) The group and esp. the guide,( a very fit Spanish woman who knows the mountains well ), were generally good people to walk climb with.
I am flying to London tomorrow and then taking the train to
Stratford upon avon.