Learn mountain skills

Map Reading and Navigation

The backbone of keeping safe in the mountains is being able to read a map and use a compass.  Members of the Sierra Nevada Guides regularly teach map and compass skills in the UK, and have developed similar courses for the Sierra Nevada.

Are you a regular hill walker, but unsure about venturing into the Spanish mountains?  Are you bamboozled by the range of maps in Spain and how different they are from your own country?  Do you always follow the guidebook or someone else?  Then this introduction to map reading and navigation course is just for you! Find out more about our navigation courses.

Learn to use a GPS

  • Have you recently bought a GPS unit, and are unsure what to do with it?
  • Would you like to be able to extend your navigation skills by using GPS?
  • Would you like to develop confidence to plan a trip in Spain or other destination

Our half day course will teach you how your GPS works, how and when to use it when out walking, planning routes and reviewing them when you get back home. Find out more about our GPS courses.

Mountain Skills Courses and Breaks


Based on the UK Mountain Training syllabus, These courses are a practical introduction to the skills required to get started in hill walking and mountain walking. The courses aim to equip participants with the basic knowledge and essential safety skills required to enjoy their own hill and mountain walking as a leisure time activity.

These courses are each 2 days in length, making them ideal for a weekend short break. Find out more about Mountain Skills Courses.