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The Heart of the Watermelon

Life on the edge! Today we've been climbing mountains again. This time the superb summit of Corazon de la Sandia (1885m) on the Alayos de Dilar ridge. Proves you don't always have to climb the highest mountains to get the best thrills!

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Life on the edge! Today we've been climbing mountains again. This time the superb summit of Corazon de la Sandia (1885m) on the Alayos de Dilar ridge. This is located in the Cumbres Verdes range of hills, just south east of Granada.

This ascent proves you don't always have to climb the highest mountains to get the best thrills!

Corazon de la Sandia initially seems like a good name to call a peak. That is, until you realise that it means "Heart of the Watermelon" which is a sort of let down. A bit like finding out the Matterhorn really means "little white daisy"!

A bit warm and humid in the approach "Rambla" until we reached the ridge line and got some light winds. Thereafter a superb track to the mountain, with an ultimate 50 metre easy scramble to reach the sharp summit. Great views of the Alayos del Dilar ridge.

Return down the fantastic high level track past Picacho Alto to the Collado de Abantos and then descent west down a well graded trail then north on forest roads back to the start.

Good to have my daughter Emma walking with us today.

15km, 991m ascent, 6 hours

The approach along the Dilar valley trail
The endless "rambla"
At the col between Picacho Alto and Corazon de la Sandia
Heading towards the distant peak
Under a bright blue sky
The col before the peak
My daughter, Emma. Munching!
The summit pyramid
The short scramble to the summit
Path by-passing Picacho Alto
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Published 4 months ago