Mountaineers hit the Pico del Caballo to promote animal charity in Axarquia

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Mountaineers hit the Pico del Caballo to promote animal charity in Axarquia
Mountaineers hit the Pico del Caballo to promote animal charity in Axarquia Credit: El Refugio de Leo

Mountaineers hit the Pico del Caballo to promote animal charity ‘Refugio de Leo’, in Axarquia.

Six mountaineers who belong to the Playas de Torre del Mar, Club Perianda and Grupo del 17 clubs have successfully managed to climb the Pico del Caballo to highlight the excellent work carried out in the Axarquia region by the ‘El Refugio de Leo’ animal shelter. The shelter can be found in Velez-Malaga and they work hard every day to take care of the animals.

The two-day trek saw the group set off from the Hoya de la Mora ski resort. The extreme activity was led by Jose Antonio Lara who commented that: “the route of these two demanding days has led us to cover some 30 kilometres, in a sporting activity in the high mountains which we could consider to be of high difficulty, as it surpasses the 3,000 metre barrier”.

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He spoke of the challenges the group have overcome and said: “we have also had to overcome various difficulties with our dogs Thor and Freya, having to use ropes in some sections to make it easier for them to pass through these dangerous high mountain passes”.

President of Playas de Torre del Mar, Rafael Sanchez, also took part in the expedition and said: “once we have returned from this extraordinary adventure through the Sierra Nevada, we can affirm that it has been a great honour for us to have participated in this activity, which has not only had a sporting character, but also one of friendship and solidarity, helping within our limitations and with humility the enormous work carried out by the Refugio de Leo in its defence of animal welfare”.

The president of the Association El Refugio de Leo, Lourdes Pelaez thanked the climbers for their stunning achievement and said: “from our association we want to thank these six mountaineers for their solidarity towards our work, taking our voice to the heights, so that the residents of the Axarquia region know us and can help us to continue our work in these difficult times”.


He also added that: “any type of collaboration in the form of donation of food for animals or any type of economic contribution will be well received, for which you can contact us through our social networks, where we can give you more information“.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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