Ascent of Veleta on 2013-06-28

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Friday, June 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3396 m / 11142 ft

Ascent Trip Report

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
Pico de Veleta>

Extract of text from my blog:
After a debate with myself as to whether to use my bike or not I made an early start from the almost empty Hoya de la Mora carpark N37.09328 W3.38668 (2506m) and walked up. Sometimes I kept to the zigzags of the road, sometimes I took one of the short cuts that many previous walker’s feet had formed.
Eventually, as the air pressure notably lessened the road was blocked by snow at around 3120m high. Shortly afterwards, there is a fork in the road at N37.05466 W3.37121 (3203m) – the left branch goes up to Pico de Veleta, whereas the right branch heads slightly downhill to the Collado de Carihuela del Veneta and the road to Mulhacen.
I decided that I would bag the dramatic and eyecatching Pico de Veleta first, so I took the left branch and zigzagged my way up through patches of old snow and rough ground. Pico de Veleta has a trigpoint N37.05600 W3.36569 (3396m) with a prominence of P307 and is therefore a Minor, not a Major.
It also has a tremendous view – westwards towards Granada (is that the Alhambra?) and eastwards towards Mulhacen.
The slopes between the Pico de Veleta and Mulhacen despite facing south were full of snow. It was obvious that I was not going to get to Mulhacen that day – I was sure I could get there, it was the getting back that was in doubt as there is quite a bit of re-ascent back to the collado which would not have been too bad marching on a road, but I did not fancy battling through old snow. Not at these altitudes, even though I felt reasonably acclimatised. And I had not brought a sleeping bag or extra food with me that could have meant I could use one of the two unmanned refugios/bivouacs.
I dropped down to the collado and the unmanned Refugio/Vivac La Carihuela N37.04962 W3.37113 (3204m). Confirmed that the road was truly blocked with snow from there and headed back down to the start – trying to vary the route as much as possible.
Distance 17.56km 1019m ascent
Summary Total Data
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