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MOUNTAINS OF CENTRAL SPAIN Oglesby 1996
By Oglesby, Jacqueline
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1996. 304 pp, color photos, maps. Guide to walks & scrambles in the Sierras de Gredos and Guadarrama, which rise to 2600m and remain snow-capped for 5 months of the year

The Sierras de Gredos and Guadarrama are the highest part of the long chain of hills and mountains which splits the big central tableland of Spain. Popular from Madrid, they are rarely visited by foreigners except those en route to the coast or the medieval cities which surround the range. The two sierras form an impressive physical barrier, reaching a height of nearly 2600m and being snow-capped for five months of the year, and they have much to offer the walker, scrambler or climber.

The Sierra de Gredos are the highest and most inaccessible mountains in Central Spain with many long approaches up wild valleys or spurs to spectacular corries backed by jagged arêtes. The Sierra de Guadarrama, nearer to Madrid and crossed by several high road passes, offer more intimate walking on a dense network of good footpaths and with a rich variety of scenery from rolling ridges to tightly packed granite towers.

Lower than the better-known Spanish ranges, they offer an enjoyable mixture of open ridge walking and spectacular scrambling in a dry and sunny climate.

Part One - Introduction
THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS
Chapter One - Background
        Geology and Landforms
        Climate and Weather
        Vegetation
        Wildlife
        The Human Landscape
        Mountaineering
        RockClimbing
        Skiing
        Other Activities
Chapter Two - Practical Information

Part Two - The Sierra de Gredos
INTRODUCTION
Chapter Three - The Sierra de Béjar. Routes 1-4
Chapter Four - Western Gredos. Routes 5-8
Chapter Five - Central Gredos
        North Side - Routes 9-21
        South Side - Routes 22-33
Chapter Six - Eastern Gredos. Routes 34-37

Part Three - The Sierra de Guadarrama
INTRODUCTION
Chapter Seven - Western Guadarrama. Routes 38-42   
Chapter Eight - Central Guadarrama (West). Routes 43-49   
Chapter Nine - Central Guadarrama (East). Routes 50-54   
Chapter Ten - Upper Manzanares Basin. Routes 55-68   
Chapter Eleven - Eastern Guadarrama. Routes 69-71    

Part Four - Long Distance Routes
The GR10 in Guadarrama
Traverse of Central and West Gredos


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