Category Archives: Climate change

2019-2020, warm Winter of death

As a portent, the death of Blanca Fernández Ochoa at the end of last Summer wasn’t the best. No better were the fires that burned in Guadarrama over the Summer. In November we had surprisingly good snowfall – see the … Continue reading

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Peñalara, easy hard-snow climbing

It’s weird..after late November and early December with the Sierra covered in snow..to arrive at Cotos in early January to find not a patch, not a shred of the white stuff. The mountains are apparently snowless. Washed clean by the … Continue reading

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So..it’s back to Autumn

Like i said..it was too good to be true. Winter starting in November in Sierra de Guadarrama..that’s something that belongs to the past. I guess you could say that it was a false start, at best. And it was good … Continue reading

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Autumn..in Cotos, 2019

Autumn in Guadarrama..once upon a time you would have expected snow from early November onward, but not any more. Or if snow does fall – and it does – you expect it to be quickly frazzled by the sun beating … Continue reading

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Protest!

Fridays for future..we’ve been out on the streets these last two Fridays, protesting. That makes four or five Fridays so far this year.. Does it make a difference? Can young (and old) people in the street put pressure on (mainly … Continue reading

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Cool Summer so far..

What a strange year it’s been so far! Summery conditions to start the year, days and days of sun in January followed by a week of Winter at the month’s end, with rain and snowfall. Then two almost completely dry, … Continue reading

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Incredible event..!

An incredible event at the top of Hermana Mayor, a mountain of 2270m in the Sierra de Guadarrama, after two ‘Winter’ months, February and March, without a single snowflake – hardly even a drop of rain – on the last … Continue reading

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The Winter that never was

The Winter that never was..apart from a single week at the end of January-beginning of February. The one-week Winter. It’s true that we had a few days of serious snowfall at end October, followed by quite a lot of rain … Continue reading

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Frozen mountain lake

Strange weather indeed, this dry Winter. Though temperatures have been more or less normal thru December, the emblematic laguna of the Sierra de Guadarrama, la Laguna Grande de Peñalara, typically frozen over from early December to late March or even … Continue reading

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Young Alpinist in action

Yes, we don’t have a lot of snow locally, looking up at the mountains from the South side you might even be forgiven for thinking that we have none at all..however that’s not the case. On Northern and Eastern aspects … Continue reading

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