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Friday, 28 November 2014

Winter Mountain Skills Course

Winter Mountain Skills Course

Sierra Nevada Guides run a series of winter skills events in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains each winter. The aim is to give mountain walkers the breath of skills and experience necessary to tackle “non technical” mountains. i.e. mountains that can be ascended without the need for ropes and climbing ability.

Winter Skills, Learning the Ropes!

Winter Skills, Building Snow Shelters
These courses cover the following topics:
Walking with crampons;
Walking with snowshoes;
How to use an ice axe to cut steps and to arrest you if you fall down a slope;
Navigation and route planning;
Building emergency shelters and snowholes;
The use of a rope in emergency situations;
The use of avalanche tranceivers;           
Mountain weather;            and
Snowpack analysis.

Winter Skills, Ice Axe Arrest
Because for most people, the course is a holiday we consider it important to make it fun and to have some mountain objectives. For the week long course we aim to ascend mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Mulhacen 3482m from the Refugio Poqueira. The week long course spends 3 nights in a hotel and 4 nights at the Refugio.

The course is headed by Andy Say (IML and MIC) the Chief Officer of Mountain Training England and staffed and supported by IML’s from Sierra Nevada Guides.

For 2015 we are running from 31st January to 7th February.  Cost £825, this includes airport pick ups from Malaga Airport, a week of full board accommodation and tuition. All you need to provide are your flights, personal equipment and beer money!

Sierra Nevada Guides will provide any ropes, snowshoes, helmets, tranceivers and snow shovels, though you are welcome to provide your own.

Winter Skills - Relaxation!!
You can read more about walking in the Sierra Nevada mountains in our article winter on UK Hill Walking.