RAT RACE SEA TO SUMMIT: SPAIN

A spectacular 2 day foot journey that connects the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea with the summit of mainland Spain’s highest mountain and the highst mountain in Western Europe outside of the Alps – Mulhacen.

 



 

£700-£800


5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

FROM 3RD JUNE

– 7TH JUNE 2021

 


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RAT RACE SEA TO SUMMIT: SPAIN

A spectacular 2 day foot journey that connects the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea with the summit of mainland Spain’s highest mountain and the highst mountain in Western Europe outside of the Alps – Mulhacen.





£700-£800 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS


FROM 3RD JUNE
– 7TH JUNE 2021
 

SUMMARY:


This beast racks up a whopping 4.5km of vertical height gain over an 85km route that winds its way through a really authentically wild and rugged chunk of Spain, into the heart of Iberia’s most famous mountain area – the Sierra Nevada.

This is a full-on assault of mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Mulhacen, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada and the highest mountain outside of the Alps. Our route goes from the Mediterranean Sea to the summit of the mountain, packing in a whopping 4.5km of vertical gain over a 85km route. It really is a monster. But so, so rewarding in a very wild, raw and authentic corner of Spain. This really is a spectacular undertaking carried out over ‘2 days up, 1 day down,’ but not one to be taken lightly in any way. Conditioning for distance running or trekking and for mountain hiking or running is essential. Plus you should be prepared for the possible effects of altitude in the highest reaches of our summit approach.

Ascend from sea level to the summit of mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Mulhacen (3479m) on a route that takes you from the sea, through an incredible dry river bed and into a stunning and rather ‘committing’ gorge. You then continue your ascent onto beautiful trails and tracks through beautiful olive and citrus groves in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, before coming face to face with the mountain itself, where we make our final ascent into the Sierra Nevada National Park from Spain’s highest village, La Trevelez. You will overnight in the village in cosy hotel accommodation, before making your summit bid the next day and then descending to our cosy refugio for food, rest and big beers! After a hearty meal and a very good night’s sleep, the next day you will hike out and finish your adventure down in the valley, before taking onward transport for some R and R, sightseeing and celebratory food and wine in the spectacular city of Granada. Relax and toast a job exceptionally well done with a full view of the sun setting behind the Sierra mountain chain stretched out in front of you, in full view beyond the world-famous Alhambra.

SUMMARY:

This beast racks up a whopping 4.5km of vertical height gain over an 85km route that winds its way through a really authentically wild and rugged chunk of Spain, into the heart of Iberia’s most famous mountain area – the Sierra Nevada.

This is a full-on assault of mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Mulhacen, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada and the highest mountain outside of the Alps. Our route goes from the Mediterranean Sea to the summit of the mountain, packing in a whopping 4.5km of vertical gain over a 85km route. It really is a monster. But so, so rewarding in a very wild, raw and authentic corner of Spain. This really is a spectacular undertaking carried out over ‘2 days up, 1 day down,’ but not one to be taken lightly in any way. Conditioning for distance running or trekking and for mountain hiking or running is essential. Plus you should be prepared for the possible effects of altitude in the highest reaches of our summit approach.

Ascend from sea level to the summit of mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Mulhacen (3479m) on a route that takes you from the sea, through an incredible dry river bed and into a stunning and rather ‘committing’ gorge. You then continue your ascent onto beautiful trails and tracks through beautiful olive and citrus groves in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, before coming face to face with the mountain itself, where we make our final ascent into the Sierra Nevada National Park from Spain’s highest village, La Trevelez. You will overnight in the village in cosy hotel accommodation, before making your summit bid the next day and then descending to our cosy refugio for food, rest and big beers! After a hearty meal and a very good night’s sleep, the next day you will hike out and finish your adventure down in the valley, before taking onward transport for some R and R, sightseeing and celebratory food and wine in the spectacular city of Granada. Relax and toast a job exceptionally well done with a full view of the sun setting behind the Sierra mountain chain stretched out in front of you, in full view beyond the world-famous Alhambra.

INCLUSIONS:


  • ACCOMMODATION
    3 nights hotel and 1 night mountain refugio.
    FULLY SUPPORTED
    Fully supported format with bag transfers and all in-event logistics taken care of AND the best Pit Stop support in the business.
    MEALS
    All meals included during the event.
    TRANSFERS
    You will arrive at Malaga international airport and muster at our designated meeting point. We will then seamlessly transfer you and your gear to the event hotel and Registration location, adjacent to the startline of the challenge.*
  • EQUIPMENT
    Rat Race will provide satellite tracking hardware. All other equipment will be provided by the participant. See the kit list here.
    THE TEAM
    Professional local mountain guides, paramedics, water safety staff and Rat Race experts on hand throughout.
    LOGISTICS!
    Easy logistics to get you to and from the start and finish.
    AND MORE
    Quality medal and collectable Rat Rag.

*On the way back, we will collect you from our appointed event hotel in Granada and return you to Malaga airport in plenty of time for your flight home. Transfer times will be published pre-event to facilitate easy planning for your arrivals and departures.
**
Optional extra nights accommodation are available, as well as local activities (surcharges apply).

INCLUSIONS:

ACCOMMODATION
3 nights hotel and 1 night mountain refugio.

 

FULLY SUPPORTED
Fully supported format with bag transfers and all in-event logistics taken care of AND the best Pit Stop support in the business.

 

MEALS
All meals included during the event.

 

TRANSFERS
You will arrive at Malaga international airport and muster at our designated meeting point. We will then seamlessly transfer you and your gear to the event hotel and Registration location, adjacent to the startline of the challenge.*

 

 

EQUIPMENT
Rat Race will provide satellite tracking hardware. All other equipment will be provided by the participant. See the kit list here.

 

TEAM
Professional local mountain guides, paramedics, water safety staff and Rat Race experts on hand throughout.

 

LOGISTICS!
Easy logistics to get you to and from the start and finish.

 

AND MORE
Quality medal and collectable Rat Rag.

 

*On the way back, we will collect you from our appointed event hotel and return you to Thessaloniki airport in plenty of time for your flight home. Transfer times will be published pre-event to facilitate easy planning for your arrivals and departures.
**
Optional extra nights accommodation are available, as well as local activities (surcharges apply).


THE ROUTE:

Over the 3 days you are on the trail, you will cover 85km of travel and 4500+m vertical gain! For those wanting to get forensic on the stats, the general look and feel goes something like this:

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Day 1: 43km with 2435m of vertical height gain. La Rabita – Trevelez.

Route: Stage distance: Stage Ascent: Total distance/ascent:
La Rabita – Rest stop 1 18.5km 1295m 18.5/1295
Rest Stop 1 – Juviles 15km 510m 33/1805
Juviles – Trevelez 10km 630m 43/2435

Day 2: 14km from Trevelez to the summit via the refuge.

5km back to the refuge. Summit is at 3482m with the refuge 1000m below the summit.

Route: Stage distance: Stage Ascent: Total distance/ascent:
Trevelez – Refuge 9km 1130m 52/3565
Refuge – Mulhacen 4km 1002m 56/4567
Mulhacen – Refuge 4.5km -987 60.5/4567

Day 3: 15km descent to Capiliera. Descent of 1455m.

Route: Stage distance: Stage Ascent: Total distance/ascent:
Refuge – Capiliera 15km -1025m 75.5/4567

ITINERARY:


DAY 1: 3rd June 2021

You will arrive into Malaga airport for our RV at 1200 (or overnight in the local area and meet us back at the airport). We will the transfer the team to La Rabita on the Coast (2.5 hrs drive) and check into our hotel by the beach, right by the start-line. You’ll be glad of that in the morning, given the early start! Registration, dinner and briefings (and hopefully an early night!)

Accommodation style: Beach-side Hotel  Rooming: Twin rooms  Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: 4th June 2021 

There’s no way to say it other than it’s an ‘Oh My God O’ Clock’ start at 0200. This will allow us to avoid some of the heat of the day in the lower elevations and we will commence in the cool calmness of the early hours. We will start from Playa La Rabita and ascend via a dry river bed and an absolutely stunning and exhilarating gorge, (where you will need to use one or two ropes to pull yourself through some narrow sections!). We then ascend out of the gorge and connect with quiet roads and trails to finally reach La Trevelez. These trails will be challenging, less travelled and dusty. The main ascent is planned to take place in the cool of the early morning but it could still be 15 + degrees C when we set out. We have 43km to cover today and it will feel like you have earned every single kilometre at days’ end! A good meal and some rehydration in the village will set you up nicely for day 2: To the summit!

Accommodation style: Cosy mountain hotel
Rooming: Twin rooms
Meal provision: ‘Grab n’ go’ breakfast, Pit Stop support whilst on the route, dinner in la Trevelez

DAY 3: 5th June 2021

Another early start will see us start at 0400 from La Trevelez in the cool of the early morning and ascend to the refuge, 1000m below the summit of Mulhacen, enjoying daybreak up on the peak as we ascend. At the refuge we will jettison some of our gear at the refuge and you can refresh with food and fluids prior to the summit bid. It’s still a hard slog from here on ever-incresingly steep trails, before we top out on the high-point of Spain and the highest point of Western Europe outside the Alps. From there, we will descend on a slightly different route, back to the refuge for a hearty meal, some beers and a great night’s sleep.

Accommodation style: Mountain refuge
Rooming: Refuge-style dormitories. Hot showers available (for small surcharge, payable at the refuge)
Meal provision: ‘Grab n’ go’ breakfast, packed lunch and other snacks (distributed before we leave the hotel), Pit Stop support at the refuge, hot dinner at the refuge

DAY 4: 6th June 2021 

Rising early (but not as early as previous mornings!) we will descend to the small mountain village of Capileira and connect with our transport to head to Granada. Plan A will be to head into town for a celebration meal and a beer or two in the evening or perhaps a lively glass of Spanish Rioja or Tempranillo, and lashings of Iberico ham and chorizo sausages, for which the area is rightfully famous.

Accommodation style: Hotel
Rooming: Twin rooms
Meals: Hearty refuge breakfast, packed lunch, dinner and a round of drinks on us in Granada!

DAY 5: 7th June 2021

We will have breakfast and the transports will leave at approximately 1000 to return to Malaga airport for those who wish. Or you may choose to remain in Granada or the local area and soak up the attractions of this stunning part of Spain.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD:

ACCOMMODATION
AND FOOD:

We will use a selection of good hotels, plus a very nice mountain refuge. In all locations, your accommodation is inclusive within your entry fee. We do have options for significant others to join you at the overnights – see HERE.

Hotel and B and B accommodation is always offered on a double or twin room basis. If you are taking part on your own, you will be paired with another participant of the same sex in a twin room.

At refuge the accommodation is in mixed dormitories.

Meals


Breakfast

Brekky will vary with our location day-to-day. When we are stating early (which comes part and parcel of such an epic journey!) then we will provide ‘grab n’ go’ materials – pastries, fruit, porridge pots, yoghurts and other simple items that you can either eat before the off, or take with you on the initial portion of the route that day. When we are staying in hotels and guesthouses, we will endeavor to provide cooked and continental options in line with the hotel’s standard offerings.

Dinner

We will typically eat at the hotel we are staying in, or a close-by local restaurant. In the refuge, dinner and breakfast the following morning will be served at set meal times at the refuge. At all times, Rat Race will provide a hearty main course. If you wish to augment with other selections in the restaurants, you may do so. You will settle the bill for your own drinks. On the final night in Granada, the first round is on us!

 

Pit Stops

During the challenge you will have access to our Pit Stops multiple times throughout the ascent. These will have a minimum of the following available:

Water – Ensure you leave with water bottles and bladders filled so you have enough to get you to the next Pit Stop.
Sports Ration Pit Stop Bars – Yummy flapjacks.
Sports Rations Isotonic Energy Drink.
Salty snacks – such as crisps and peanuts.
Savoury treats – We will feature sandwiches, savoury pastries and other goodies at selected pit stops, around lunchtime
A fruit option – Either oranges or bananas.
Sweets – such as Haribo and Skittles.
A variety of sandwiches, pastries and cakes.
Hot drinks will be provided at selected Pit Stops subject to forecast weather conditions.

Our Pit Stops are there to help supplement any personal sports nutrition plan you may have. If you have any special dietary requirements then please plan for this and pack your kit accordingly. Rat Race aim to offer Pit Stop snacks that are tasty and functional for as broad a mix of needs as possible. We have options available that are suitable for vegetarian and vegans and availability of this will depend on demand. If peanuts are served these will be in individual portioned bags to reduce the chance of contamination but Rat Race cannot guarantee that the food does not contain contamination from allergens such as nuts or gluten in its preparation or serving. If you want to use Sports Rations products in your training and preparation they can be purchased from www.ratracestore.com

Please take care when consuming food with dirty hands. Please please please take care with litter and help us in our aim of leaving our venues and routes tidier then we find them.

FAQs:

The date-range is set and the route is tried and tested. However, our challenges unfold in some of the most spectacular places on Earth. Sometimes we do have to change plans on account of weather, injury or other unforeseen factors. If we do have to do so, you will be informed and usually, these unforeseen changes simply add to the flavour of proceedings and provide for a good story to tell at day’s end!

We are mindful that people will inevitably have varying distances to travel to Malaga on 3rd June 2021. Which is why we will commence our itinerary from the airport, to ensure it is as easy as possible for you to connect with our event itinerary. We will be providing accommodation this evening at the charming beach town of La Rabita, together with a afternoon/ evening registration and an early evening meal with briefing, in a bid to give you all the best possible chance of an early night. It is, after all, a very early morning the next day!

Yes no problem. If you wish to rent a car and keep your own schedule on the transfers, you can self-transfer to/ from the event hotels at the start and finish of the challenge, if you so wish. Bear in mind however that the start and finish locations are some 100km apart.
You will be transferred from our event hotel to the startline in our transport. Indeed all transfers throughout the challenge are fully inclusive within the format.
We have designed this challenge so that you may travel at your own pace. See below for our notes on route-finding and guidance. There will also be some cut-offs, but in the true Rat Race tradition these will be generous and we will always look to help you to achive your goals in finishing this challenge, vs having to pull out. Of course, we are giving you some VERY early starts to allow the very best possible window for route completion. But, if you need us and if you need to abandon the route for whatever reason, we are there for you. The absolute key is that you enjoy this amazing journey from sea level to the very roof of Spain at your own pace and within your own limits.
We want you to concentrate on the views and the hard work of putting one foot (or pedal) in front of the other. So we don’t want you to be staring at maps or navigational aids any more than you have to. The route will be way-marked in places, with some assistance from our staff and some signage and static marshals in the trickier sections, (and in the early morning dark sections).

We will also be asking you to download a route file that you will be able to download onto your smartphone. You will follow this ‘line’ when on foot and can use this as a back-up at all times.

Don’t worry – you won’t get lost. But if you do – support is never far away.

We will use a mixture of guides, waymarking, pit stops and support vehicles (lower down the mountain) to support you at intervals by our mobile ‘pit stop’ team. Once you get higher, we will use set points to support, such as the refuge. We will also have our local guiding and safety team on the mountain. We will have multiple vehicles at our disposal, plus multiple staff members, snacks and drinks to distribute. So, if it does get too much, if you overheat, get too cold, need sustenance, motivational support or otherwise, we should be able to assist. You are in good hands.
We can accommodate a limited number of supporters. We can provide accommodation and meals for them with you on a shared basis, plus meals. The supporter package price is outlined on our pricing page, here.

Rat Race require you to be over 18 on the day of Registration.

This is a very big challenge set over 2 long days on foot. BUT the Rat Race ethos is to extraordinary challenges for ordinary people. You do not need super-technical skills or to be a seasoned endurance athlete. You need a good base fitness and train for a big mountain ascent over several hours. It’s a huge 48 hrs, but it is definitely designed to be ‘doable;’ and not a sufferfest. You have it in you. We will ensure we support you the very best way we possible can. There is enough time to trek the whole thing and unless you really are off the pace, we will try not to cut you off.

It starts in a dry river bed which is dusty, rough in places and fairly hard-packed in others. Then comes the gorge, which is surreal and exhilarating in equal measure. You will then transition to local tracks and minor roads , which pass through stunning Spanish farming country, before hitting ‘the trail’ which takes you up and into the Sierra proper. On the upper reaches of the mountain, the going is good on firm and well-defined trails. It is rocky in places of course – it is a mountain after all!

Yes. 3 nights’ hotel, on a twin basis are provided, plus 1 night at a mountain refuge. All meals are also provided for the duration of the challenge.

Solo entries are non-transferable – you can’t give or sell your entry to anyone else. If you no longer wish to take part you can obtain an event credit to the value of your entry fee paid (terms and a fee apply) which you or another person can use towards next year’s event (or any other Rat Race event).

Check out our Rat Rewards membership and bag yourself a hearty 10% saving on this event, plus heaps of other rewards, such as Rat Race Store credit, free insurance and free transfers.
Race entry includes a glorious finishers medal and a collectable Rat Rag. Exclusive event t-shirts will be available to purchase from the Rat Race online store here.

On day 2, we will collect you via the Sweeper vehicles and move you forwards on the course (subject to medical advice if it is a medical issue that has forced you to pull out). We are unable to transport you backwards (i.e. we cannot take you back to the start). If you need to pull out on day 2 where we cannot access the route with vehicles as easily, in all cases where you are below the refuge we will ask you to descend to Trevelez for extraction, of if you are above the refuge (or in the immediate vicinity), you will head back down to our support team at the refuge.

Sorry we cannot accommodate dogs on the route, in the hotels or at the refuge.

No. We do not offer refunds but we do offer event transfer vouchers, so you can put your credit to another event. We need 2 clear months notice prior to the event to make these changes plus you will need to pay a £15.00 charge and 15% value (less the £15 paid) fee. Our pricing structure rewards those that commit furthest in advance and we recommend customers hold the appropriate insurance to cover non-attendance for issues such as illness or travel problems. Transfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here.