Refugio Vivac de la Caldera is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 3.
Spectacular, if somewhat eerie, location in the high mountains beside a crater lake. The road to the hut, located within the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Along the way there are several alpine lakes.
Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs.
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It links the Veleta peak and a small town called Capileira. Stay away if you're scared of heights.
Expect a trail pretty steep. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Most spectacular bridges in the world.
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Refugio Vivac de la Caldera
Follow the ridge up to the summit. This is marked blue on the photo below. This is loose as is everything hereabouts! This is the simplest way to the summit but with little scrambling.
From the col before the large crag the best way trends leftwards up a ramp formed by huge boulders marked red on photo below. This leads to an initial gully which can be climbed rightwards to the ridge crest at grade 3. We kept trending left up rising ground on slabby rock. The ridge crest was regained and we continued to the summit linking as many of the rock outcrops as we could. Harder options abound if you prefer!
Sierra Nevada Scrambling
The descent of the east ridge to the Collado de Ciervo is easy grade 1. Keep to the ridge crest for maximum enjoyment rather than be tempted to take avoiding action. This is a scramble well worth doing and can be done in a day. From the start of the scrambling Loma Pelada to the end at Collado de Ciervo took us 1. We took our time, savoring the incredible situations. Please try it out for yourself! In winter this route makes for a superb winter mountaineering climb which we include as part of our Alpine Mountaineering Courses.
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Richard is an avid blogger and the founder of Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada Scrambling - the ridge of Puntal de la Caldera. The west to east traverse of the Puntal de la Caldera gives fine high altitude Sierra Nevada Scrambling opportunities Here is a route description of how to do it.