El Perro Negro

Richard Hartley

Richard Hartley

Ex boring accountant now mountaineer & adventurer, living & sometimes working (retired!) in Spain's Sierra Nevada. Cicerone Guidebook author. Expeditions to Patagonia & Kamchatka. Dog lover.
Bit of a Grumpy Old Man!

About Me

Work: Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada

Interests: All things mountains, technology, web design, football & rugby

Blog: Sierra Mountain Life - writings from 2002 when I first came to Andalucia

MicroBlog: Somewhere South of Granada - short posts, videos and photos of daily life since 2020

Gemini Site: elperronegro.srht.site/ - blog under the Gemini Protocol

Extracts from the Blog

Exploring Andalucia with the Nomads

Exploring Andalucia with the Nomads

Some time ago, during the onset of the Covid crisis in 2020, I decided to form a small local walking group. The objective was simple. With an organised series of weekly walks I would be forced to get out and do a major hike each week. This would improve my health and fitness accordingly and, with partial lock downs in mind, would keep me in touch with human beings outside of supermarkets! I named the group "Alpujarra Nomads".

The Mountain Stream

The Mountain Stream

Woke up at 2am yesterday evening with head filled with the previous days events. A particular memory came flowing back. For some strange reason the words started to flow and I had to write them down. Is it poetry? Is it prose? The words don't rhyme. So here it is.

Trips to the wild and windswept Patagonian Icefield

Trips to the wild and windswept Patagonian Icefield

A summary of our expeditions to the Southern Patagonian Icefields. Oh Patagonia. You've got to love it!

Surviving Blizzards in Kamchatka

Surviving Blizzards in Kamchatka

Describes a walk alongside ancient irrigation channels originally installed by the Moors high above the town of Lanjaron in the Alpujarra, Spain. Today's walk from home alongside the sparkling waters of the Acequia Mezquerina today to a friend's cortijo. 11km with 620m of ascent taking approximately 4 hours. Beautiful spring-like weather. Is this truly winter?

Projects

Sierra Nevada Guidebook

Sierra Nevada Guidebook

This Cicerone Press guidebook covers the most popular and interesting walks and multi-day treks in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountain range. Mainland Spain's highest summit Mulhacén is included in the 38 routes along with the white villages of Trevélez, Lanjarón and Capileira and high mountain ridge traverses, scrambles and the Spanish Three Peaks challenge.

Investigating My Grandfather’s Part in World War One

Investigating My Grandfather’s Part in World War One

I have kept sane during the enforced Covid19 lock down by getting involved in projects that normally I wouldn't have time to complete. One such project is researching my grandfathers role in World War One. Below is a summary of my research including battle maps. Also have a WarWiki set up full of information about my two grandfathers.

Mountain Photography

Mountain Photography

I'm a keen amateur and I have lots of interesting mountain image galleries collected over the years

Somewhere South of Granada

Somewhere South of Granada

A daily micro/photo blog about our life here in southern Spain