/ Sierra Nevada - Spain
The ski resort is limited to a very small area in relation to the whole range.
Take care, you might be in the south of Spain, but the weather can change very rapidly and deaths from exposure in this range are sadly too frequent.
As said the ski areas are all on the North side of the hill; and fairly limited. To the South the slopes are untroubled with nice views of Africa across the snowfields. http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=160473
Quite a bit of minor cragging around but you might need to travel.
All the ski lifts are around Veleta (3394m) on its west and north flanks. If you stick clear of Veleta you'll not see them at all. High road heads from the south side are a good bet for getting in and there are bivi huts near Mulhacen. There are details of these on our website. Feel free to contact us for direct for info on conditions, etc. When are you planning to come?
Just for info, the ski resort opens this Thursday.
Do you have any advice as to how I might be able to find people to climb with over there, currently don't no the language but I'm hoping I'll be able to speak some by the time I'm there in a couple of years time, probably starting with "climb when ready" and "off belay".
There are a surprising number of ex pats hidden around Southern Spain.
I have found it easy to get sport partners ( Spanish and English speaking )but not so easy to find trad partners.
If the move to Granada comes off drop me a line. I've been looking for an excuse to get up to Granada way more often.
Do you Winter walk/climb ? My kit is getting dusty.
Sorry I forgot it was you when responding to this post. If you are in our area during Feb, drop us a line and we can meet up. Happy to share our experiences of the area and house hunting with your parents too!
I can put you in touch with some people in the Lanjaron area to climb with (including us!). This forum is as good as any for finding expats to climb with. I'm sure once you have some Spanish you'll meet some locals.
Ethan, get in touch with Richard at Spanish Highs Mountain Guides. http://www.spanishhighs.co.uk
Aside from his guiding and instructing he also provides self guided support at pretty good prices. He can pick you up from an airport in the area and drop you off on the best point of access to what ever you wanna do.
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