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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Mountain Skills Course 2013

Mountain Skills Course

Sierra Nevada Guides are running their 2013 Mountain Skills Course from 28th September based near Lanjaron in Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Although a fairly active and intense week cramming a lot in,  we try to ensure that your course is a holiday too ensuring you have time to relax, enjoy good food, company and the occasional beer or wine!

Group briefing at 3200m

The course will be based at a remote mountain farm near Lanjaron though will spend 2 nights at the Poqueira Refuge.

Saturday 28th September to Saturday 5th October, 2013.

£645 or 740 Euro’s
This is a full board course with bunk room accommodation based at a mountain farmhouse and mountain refuge. The price includes a pick up either from Malaga Airport or from Lanjaron.

Our normal 7 night training programme usually runs as follows though we will have to make adjustments according to the group and weather conditions:

Day 1           
Arrive in Lanjaron, settle in, etc.
Evening discussion covering mountain safety and equipment.

Day 2           
Learning map reading and navigation skills for the high mountains
including using a compass, transferring U.K. skills to the bigger mountains.
Involves time in the high mountains looking at route choice off path.
A possible ascent of Caballo 3011m.
Evening session covering mountain weather.

Day 3
Learn to use a GPS.
Ascend to the Poqueira Refuge (2500m) using the GPS.
Spend night in Refuge.

Day 4
Rock Scrambling at altitude, Navigation, Route Choice and 
Mountain Leader Ropework.
2nd night at the Poqueira Refuge.

Day 5
An ascent of Mulhacen 3482m, highest mountain in mainland Spain.

Scrambling at altitude on the Tajos de la Virgin

Day 6
Rock Climbing, Abseiling and Learning the Ropes!

Day 7
Putting it into practice! 
An acsent of Alcazaba 3371m the 3rd highest
and most remote of the big 3 in the Sierra

Day 8
Depart for home.

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