Malaga climber’s May Day mission

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Credit: Carlos Serra on Wikimedia commons
MULHACEN: The highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula.

FIVE mountaineers from the Trail Running Sport club in Malaga completed a project they had been planning for two years over the May Day weekend, by covering a 150-kilometre route including La Maroma mountain in Axarquia and crowning Sierra Nevada’s Mulhacen, the highest peak in the Iberian Peninsula.

The idea arose, the climbers explained, during their many stops at the top of La Maroma, which they have all climbed a number of times.

“We looked across to the snowy peak of Mulhacen and asked ourselves, why don’t we carry on and go up there?” explained Gersi Tarazona, a Venezuelan nurse who has lived in Malaga for more than 10 years.

Thus the mission was launched, with the five planning provisions and routes to keep to the mountains and avoid roads.

Although they had calculated it would take them about 60 hours, in the end it took just 52, although only three of those were spent sleeping, leaving them satisfied but exhausted.

However rather than being put off by the tough experience, the group are already thinking about their next challenge.

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