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.

The 2015 course will no longer take place.

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 is designed for experienced hill walkers, who want to gain a range of skills to walk safely in the hills and mountains in winter conditions.

Accommodation will be a combination of the comforts of a 3* hotel, and wonderful mountain location of the Poqueira Refuge.

Cost, excluding flights, £825. This includes meeting you at Malaga Airport, full board accommodation and returning you to Malaga at the end of the week.

Snowshoes and Avalanche transceivers are provided; you will need your own winter kit including suitable clothing, boots and crampons.

Course Outline:

Saturday 31st
Arrive at Malaga Airport
Depart for Lanjaron, optional lunch at Salobrena (beach bar 10 Euro’s).
Arrive Hotel Alcadima, tour of Lanjaron.
Evening session: Safety and Equipment.

Sunday 1st
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 at 2,500m.

Monday 2nd
Depart hotel with gear and clothes for 4 nights, 9am.
Walk from Capileira to Refugio Poqueira.
Evening session: Navigation and Route Planning.

Tuesday 3rd
Navigation Practice, Use of Avalanche Tranceivers, Building Snow Shelters.
Evening session: Mountain Weather

Wednesday 4th
Putting it into Practice 1 – Rio Seco / Rio Mulhacen

Thursday 5th
Putting it into Practice 2 – A winter ascent of Mulhacen 3482m.

Friday 6th
Walk out from Refugio to Capileira. Return to Hotel Alcadima in Lanjaron.

Saturday 7th
Depart for Malaga Airport and Home.

Further details can be obtained from either Mike or Jane at Sierra Nevada Guides.              Email: [email protected]   Tel:    01433  639  368

You can find out more about our previous winter skills training on our Sierra Nevada Guides news pages.