Beautiful day out above the coast via Juanar. A perfect counterpoint to the standard fare of the local lowlands. Go early at sunrise in summer to enjoy the cool conditions.
A quick climb up to La Concha on the normal route. Clouds kept the temps nice but limited the view to Africa and Gibraltar.
If you ever find yourself in Marbella, dreaming of mountain, I can only recommend La Concha. A wonderful limestone summit, directly above town with nice views and a wonderful, somewhat exposed traverse from the east.
I started so early in the morning that it was dark and I had some route finding problems. Once on the ridge it become easier to follow my way up. At 10 a.m. I was on the upper part of the ridge when the sun began to hit. Lukily, from there it is a couple of minutes to the open summit.
After some drinking and eating I began the descend without waiting too much for the hottest hours of the day. Half way down I runned out of water. Lukily, Istán village has a precious source of fresh water running out of the 'sierras' and through the village.
Nov. 30 2005. Istán route new path (not really the ridge).
I did the way up in 2 hours and 20 minutes, not really trying to go quickly. I went up alone. The weather was not very good. The summit was in the clouds comming from the east and it was very windy. A couple of times I had to grip something not to loose equilibrity on the wide ridge. I stayed 5 seconds on the top and I runned back down. The wet rocks on the ridge can be tricky wen wet and I fell two times! Nothing bad but a stupid feeling. Descending a little bit and the weather got better.