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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Winter Skills Course – Sierra Nevada, Spain including a winter ascent of Mulhacen.

Winter Skills Course – Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Learn the skills to walk confidently in the mountains in winter. 
A week of winter mountaineering skills training, in Spain’s beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Including a winter ascent of Mulhacen 3482m mainland Spain’s highest mountain.

1st February to 8th February, 2014.

The course is being run / directed by Andy Say (MIC, IML) of Mountain Training England and supported by IML’s from Sierra Nevada Guides (Jane Livingstone, Martin Riley and Michael Hunt).

The course will be hotel based in Lanjaron with 2 nights spent in the mountains, Poqueira Refuge and snow shelter. Cost, excluding flights, £795. This includes meeting you at Malaga Airport, full board accommodation and returning you to Malaga at the end of the week.

Course Outline:
Sat 1st Feb.              Arrive. 
Introductions, course outline and equipment brief.

Sun 2nd Feb.            Moving on snow and ice.
An introduction to ice axe and crampon use.  Simple secure movement; step cutting, self-belay, self-arrest.  Movement on snow with crampons and snowshoes.

Mon 3rd Feb.           Safer travel in the winter environment.
Snowpack formation and analysis in the field.  Route planning from weather/snowfall history. Simple observation and tell-tale signs.  Test pits.  Following a safer route.
Tue 4th Feb.            Looking after others. 
The use of the rope in a winter environment.  
Snow and ice belays.  Retreat using the rope.

Wed 5th Feb.            Journey up the hill.
Putting it all in to practice.  Night in Poquera Refuge.

Thur 6th Feb.            Emergency procedures.
Snow shelters, bivouac skills.  Night out on the hill, either Caldera Bivi Refuge or in snow shelters.

Fri 7th Feb.              Ascent of Mulcahen 3482m (highest mountain in mainland Spain) and descent to valley.

Sat 8th Feb.              End of course and depart.

Further details can be obtained from either Mike or Jane at Sierra Nevada Guides.              Email:

                        Tel:            01433  639  368

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