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Skiing the ‘Electric Piste’ – La Pista Eléktrika!

This one’s been around in my head for a while now..and finally this year it came together. There’s a high-tension line that runs across the mountains of Guadarrama from Puerto Navacerrada to Puerto de los Cotos, dipping down and up … Continue reading

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Trees, rocks, streams.. in the snow.

This is a tree that i visit regularly in Winter..on days of bad visibility it’s often as high as you can go, or at least the last reliable landmark on the way to the top of Hermana Menor. How many … Continue reading

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The Puricelli trail – el camino Puricelli

There are many celebrated trails in the central Guadarrama area, but surely one of those you must begin with is el camino Puricelli – the Puricelli trail. It starts in Cercedilla, right out of the train station, and meanders up … Continue reading

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Valsaín – traversing the great valley

What is the most beautiful valley of Guadarrama? I love my local Fuenfría Valley like no other. The Rascafría or Lozoya Valley is the vastest, longest, deepest of the Sierra’s valleys. Not long ago i wrote of the delights of … Continue reading

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Wild pines of Guadarrama(?) II

Continuing on the subject of our wild Guadarrama pines (known as Scots Pine in Angloamerika), there is some debate as to what exactly is the natural range of this tree in the Central System of mountains – and more specifically in the Sierra … Continue reading

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The wonderful wild pines of Guadarrama

The signature tree of the Central Guadarrama mountains is Pinus sylvestris, locally known as pino silvestre – also pino albar or pino de Valsaín – and translating to English as Scots pine. Sometimes, while walking thru our local forests, it seems a little strange … Continue reading

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