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A great opportunity to develop the techniques and knowledge that will allow you to venture out into the mountains under your own steam. These two-day courses introduce a wide range of skills. Learn how to snowshoe, abseil, use an ice axe and crampon and, most importantly of all perhaps, learn the craft of avalanche detection.
You will cover a range of topics, including snowshoeing, abseiling, ice axe and crampon use, and belaying. You will also be instructed on snow climbing, crevasse rescue and avalanche awareness. The courses take place on the sunny slopes of the Sierra Nevada, within easy reach of the transport provided, which means no need to tire yourself out hiking three hours up to the snowline! The overall aim is to furnish trainees with the expertise and confidence to venture out unaccompanied on the less technical Alpine peaks. This means knowing how to move safely across snowy and glacial terrain, how to tackle rocky ridges using fixed and running belays, and how to negotiate crevasses.
There is also the option of extending your stay with additional training and activities. On these longer courses you will head further into the hills with your expert guides to put into practice what you’ve already learned. You will hone your new skills on ascents of Veleta (3,398 metres), Cerro de Caballo (3,215 metres) and Mulhacen (3,479 metres). You will also have the opportunity to try mixed climbing on Puntal de la Caldera (3,215 metres) and traversing on the Tajos de Nevero ridge. Whichever course you opt for you’re guaranteed to get the best possible training, giving you the freedom to explore the mountains under your own steam.
Only adventurous, independent-minded people need apply! These courses are designed for experienced hill walkers who want to take the next step up and explore the mountains without the need for a professional guide. Training won’t be a walk in the park - you’ll need to be in good shape with a high level of fitness, but you don’t have to worry about lugging around your own equipment - all gear is provided. There’ll be a full daily programme, which means no lie-ins or siestas, but rest assured you’ll have time to unwind in the evening.
Food and accommodation (a private villa or apartment) is laid on in the nearby village of Lanjarón, where you’ll find bars, restaurants and the odd bodega (winery), so if you’re the “work hard, play hard” type you won’t get bored. You can be sure of some great camaraderie with your fellow trainees - we’ve heard of former “students” remaining friends long after the course has finished.
We select specialist operators who are experienced, qualified and most importantly passionate about what they do. Your enquiry will be passed straight through to the experts who will be able to give you the best advice.