Winter Skills Training in Spain’s Sierra Nevada with Sierra Nevada Guides
|Winter Skills Course - Mulhacen Summit, 3482m|
The Sierra Nevada has the highest mountain in mainland Spain, Mulhacen 3482m. Although it is Europe’s most southerly major mountain chain, it usually has a good covering of snow from December through to March with winter mountaineering and skiing possible from late November until early May.
This year Sierra Nevada Guides are running a week of winter mountain skills training from 31st January until 7th February. 3 nights spent in a hotel and 4 at the Refugio Poqueira at 2500m. The week is being led by Andy Say, Executive Secretary (Chief Officer) of Mountain Training England, assisted by Sierra Nevada Guides.
|Winter Skills Course - Descending Steep Ground|
Although weather dependent, the proposed itinerary is as follows:
Arrive at Malaga Airport
Depart for Lanjaron, optional lunch at Salobrenea (beach bar 10 Euro’s).
Arrive Hotel Alcadima, tour of Lanjaron.
Evening session: Safety and Equipment.
Depart hotel around 9am.
Puento Palo for introduction to walking with crampons, snow shoes and ice axe breaking techniques.
Back to hotel for debrief and session discussion re: ascending to Refugio Poqueira.
|Winter Skills Course - Learning the ropes!|
Depart hotel with gear and clothes for 4 nights, 9am.
Walk from Capileira to Refugio Poqueira.
Evening session: Navigation and Route Planning.
Navigation Practice, Use of Avalanch Tranceivers, Building Snow Shelters.
Evening session: Mountain Weather
Putting it into Practice 1 – Rio Seco / Rio Mulhacen
|Winter Skills Course - Near Mulhacen's summit|
Putting it into Practice 2 – A winter ascent of Mulhacen 3482m.
Walk out from Refugio to Capileira. Hotel
Depart for Malaga Airport and Home.
Full details of the course are on the Sierra Nevada Guides website.