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Onzy: Track 4226 in area near Spain, Andalusia ()
Spanish Sierra Nevada: Veleta Circuit
Length: 20.5km, Creator time taken: 6h54m, Ascent: 2189m,
Descent: 1280m

Places: Start at Lon -3.37009, Lat 37.0661, end at Lon -3.3868, Lat 37.0951 3.5km NW from Start
Logged as completed by 3
Complex route centred around Veleta (3,396m) taking in four 3000m+ peaks. Veleta itself is very much a tourist mountain which can be reached by a bus from Hoya de La Mora which ascends to 3100m! The advantage of this easy height gain is that wider routes can be planned.
View from Veleta towards Mulahacen
This route begins by ascending veleta from the bus stop by the rough road. Our next target was Cerro de los Machos, directly east of Veleta but the direct line is definitely in the realm of the rock climbers. We therefore descended back to c. 3100m down the south west ridge of Veleta, before heading broadly east to Cerro de los Machos. There are two options for this, the higher route using a ledge with a short chained section which we used on the outward leg, and a lower section of rough road which we used on the return. The last 200m of climbing to the peak is over rough ground and scree and we were able to leave our bags at the bottom.
Tourists on Veleta
Returning to the bottom of the south west ridge of Veleta we now headed west, over Puntal de Loma Pua and on to the Tajos de la Virgen ridge. The full on ridge has to be avoided partly at times by contouring under obstacles on the south side. This is not trivial however, with very exposed scree slope crossing and some full on hands on rock clambering. The high point of the ridge is the Tajos de la Virgen Peak at 3228m.
North side of Tajos de la Virgen ridge
At the culmination of the right there is a ruined refuge, from there we descended along rough tracks to Hoya da La Mora at 2500m. We could have got the bus back, but at the decision point we had a choice of either ascending 200m over 2k to get to the bus, or descending 400m over 5k to the car...

Stunning day in the hills...

Uploaded on: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 (10:23:11)
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