INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN WINTER SPORT TECHNIQUES
Get to grips with Alpine mountaineering on our practical, highly personalised course
Do you like mountaineering, but lack confidence at high altitudes when there’s snow on the ground?
Have you tried Ski Mountaineering, but lack the technical skills to safely navigate a route?
Mountains in the snow are undoubtedly at their most beautiful, but also at their most hostile:
✅ Snow in many different forms: powder, crust, compacted…
✅ Adverse weather conditions: cold, snowfall, blizzards, fog
✅ Danger of avalanches
This introductory course in Mountaineering will give you the necessary tools and technical knowledge to be able to enjoy low-difficulty mountain routes in the snow worry-free.
You’ll master the basic techniques – employing relevant equipment and knowledge – to navigate the High Mountains in winter with confidence, ensuring you safe and unforgettable experiences.
The principal aim of this course is to give you the skills to SAFELY enjoy the mountains during winter.
What will I learn?
✅ Essential: Mountain Safety
✅ You’ll learn the difference between different types of crampon and when to use them.
✅ We’ll teach you the safest way to use crampons and an ice axe.
✅ You’ll learn the most efficient descent techniques using specialised equipment.
✅ You’ll practice numerous ice axe self-arrest techniques.
✅ Different types of abseiling.
✅ Have you heard of snow anchors? You’ll put different types of snow anchor into practice, some of which are sure to surprise.
✅ Did you know there many different safety techniques you can use in the snow? You’ll learn all about them, also getting a chance to put them into practice.
As you can see, this course covers many different and useful aspects of mountaineering. You’ll be in the capable hands of our expert team of instructors, with extensive experience not only in mountaineering but also in education, so that you can get the most out of this introductory course.
The number of students on the course is limited to 5, guaranteeing you a highly personalised training experience. The focus will be on learning to manage and mediate the different potential risks in the mountains, so that you’ll be able to fully enjoy them even in winter.
What equipment do I need to take part in this course?
✅ Clothes specially designed mountain use. In Winter, we highly recommend the use of 3 layers: leggings, trekking trousers and waterproof trousers. In addition, we recommend a thermal vest, a second layer (preferably Power Stretch), and a waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar).
✅ Hiking boots with waterproof membrane and if possible, compatible with crampons
✅ Two pairs of socks
✅ Two pairs of waterproof gloves
✅ Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
✅ 30-40 litre backpack with sufficient food and water
✅ Crampons and ice axe. If you have gaiters, all the better
✅ And lastly, come ready to learn and have a great time in the mountains
Where and when is the course?
Our courses always take place in the Sierra Nevada. We will decide on the safest area in which to carry out the activities and send you the location via email.
This course usually takes place in the area surrounding the Hoya de la Mora.
Various courses take place throughout the season, we will continue to update this page with the relevant dates.
The next course takes place on the 30th and 31st of May 2020, at this time of year it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to catch the fantastic spectacle that is the thaw of the Lagunillos de la Virgen tarns.
What does the price include?
The price of the course is €140, 21% VAT included
The price includes:
✅ 1 expert instructor for two full 8-hour days
✅ Harness and anchor ropes
✅ Verified Mountaineering helmet
✅ Ribbon loops
✅ Safety carabiners
✅ 30m cords
✅ Ice spikes and screws
✅ First Aid Kit
✅ Liability and Trip Insurance
✅ All necessary measures due to COVID-19
No crampons or ice axe? You can hire both for the weekend for €30.
Remember, there are only 5 places available on this course