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Ascent of Veleta on 2007-06-24

Climber: Jan Triska

Date:Sunday, June 24, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Veleta
    Location:Spain
    Elevation:3396 m / 11142 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Summitted the 2nd highest point in the Sierra Nevada range as part of my 3-day trek, crossing the whole range. This is a spectacular area.
I stayed in a comfy mountain hut the night before heading up Veleta and camped out in the open following the descent. Encountered some ibex, long-horned mountain sheep native to this area. The character of the trip changed several times, from an off-trail scramble to a dirt track, to a well worn path off the summit, and a very busy trail down through what is a big ski area (on the north side of Veleta). I also went from seeing almost no hikers to seeing all the day trippers on the north slopes. Interesting contrast.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:899 m / 2947 ft
    Elevation Loss:1499 m / 4915 ft
    Grade/Class:easy scramble (F)
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:899 m / 2947 ft
    Route:south slopes
    Trailhead:mountain hut below Mulhacen  2497 m / 8195 ft
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1499 m / 4915 ft
    Route:north side (ski resort)
    Trailhead:Pradollano ski resort  1897 m / 6227 ft
    Time Down:1 Days 



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