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Jump!

For many years after i learned to ski, i did not jump. Even when i learned to do hop turns – or jump turns – for very steep terrain, i still avoided jumping off things. Like many skiers i suppose … Continue reading

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Swifts

We’ve had some great cold Spring days these last months, but now as we move into the longest days of the year it seems that Summer has finally arrived. Apart from the obvious rise in temperatures over the last week, … Continue reading

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Rock and ski

It’s June and in Guadarrama this would normally mean the rock climbing season rolls out..but this year the steep ski season is far from finished.. so last Sunday my enthusiastic mountaineering partner Mariano and i set out to get a … Continue reading

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Cold Spring days, yes..but sheep have to be sheared!

After yet another great (and wintry) day of ski last Friday, on Saturday i headed to the North of Madrid with my son and some friends to witness the annual sheep shearing festival of Puebla de la Sierra. I already … Continue reading

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Powder ski days in Guadarrama..in late May?

Yes, believe it or not, powder has been skied on May 19-20..in Sierra de Guadarrama. Almost perfect conditions were to be found in La Hoya de Peñalara these last days, following several days of snowfall since Thursday the 16th. Even … Continue reading

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Geranium rescue ..Winter’s back!

Even though i’ve known for years that April is still a Winter month in Cercedilla, the last couple of years i seem to repeat the mistake of putting my geraniums out on the balcony too early.. well, it did look … Continue reading

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Avalanche season

There have been a number of significant avalanches in the Peñalara area this Winter. In one incident in early March a climber suffered a broken hip on the East face of Hermana Mayor. There was also a major slab avalanche … Continue reading

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Ice-climbing in Guadarrama..at the end of April?

Believe it or not..yes! It’s usually possible to climb ice in the Sierra de Guadarrama from sometime in December to late March..and in a good year – which this was not – even into early April. I think the latest I’ve … Continue reading

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Strange images of “Spring” in Puerto de Navacerrada

This little gnome was to be seen the other day in “el Puerto” tripping and trekking around between the buildings in 15-20cm of new snow.. in drifts there was well over a foot of the white stuff.. and a couple … Continue reading

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