Mountaineering, winter skills and alpine introduction courses in Spain's Sierra Nevada. Also Scrambling, Rock Climbing and Via Ferrata
Exciting, adreneline filled mountain activities throughout the year! The Sierra Nevada is almost perfect for learning and taking part in mountaineering activities. High altitude (27 peaks over 3000m) and snowsure (normally snow covered from November until May), the mountains provide a reliable winter destination. We offer a variety of courses and multi day tours designed to prepare you for your alpine adventures. Also Andalucia is a fantastic destination for Via ferrata and Scrambling activities
Quick links to our Mountaineering Activities
- Winter Skills Mountaineering courses
- Alpine Introduction courses
- Winter mountain ascents
- Winter Alpine ridges of the Sierra Nevada
- Short 3 day Expedition Preparation Course
- Our Free Online Winter Mountaineering Guidebook
Mountaineering & Winter Skills Courses
Winter skills courses, ascents of peaks and mountaineering days in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Learn how to walk the winter hills in safety.Our winter mountaineering and winter skills courses are held in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains during the months of December through to the end of May.
Courses of 2, 4 or 6 days duration. Normally 2 instructional days followed by optional practical ascents of peaks and routes, putting the new found skills into practice.
If you are heading for the Greater Ranges and want to pack in a short, intensive course prior to departure then you should check out our Short 3 day Expedition Preparation Course. Perfect when time is short before your trip.
Alpine Introduction Courses
Throughout the course you will learn the essentials for safe travel on snow and glacial terrain including: crampon and ice axe techniques; glacier travel, including crevasse rescue; basic navigation. To tackle rocky ridges you will learn fixed belay and alpine style running belay techniques. Simple snow gullies and faces will climbed.
We base ourselves in a remote, ruined refuge high in the mountains. From here we cover all the topics contained in our basic winter skills course, but also tackle simple alpine climbs. Snow holing, winter and alpine bivouacing and camp skills are also covered. All in a superb mountain setting!
Winter mountain ascents
The main summits of the Sierra Nevada can be ascended by either 1 or 2 day trips. You may combine any of these trips into a week or 2 weeks mountaineering.
The ability to use crampons and ice axe is essential. Rope may be required for some ascents. Learn the basics on a winter skills mountaineering course. Some ascents will require overnight bivvy in unguarded mountain refuges.
Via Ferratas in Andalucia
Recently developed Via Ferrata area now providing year round sport, unlike many alpine equivalents. Stunning scenery and locations.
A via ferrata is a rock route both vertical and horizontal, equipped with a variety of metal protection that allow people to safely reach areas normally within the scope of the high grade rock climber.
Safety is of course a major concern, so we only use full energy absorbing systems and karabiners specially designed for via ferrata. Beginners are welcomed and full instruction given.
Recent addition is the Via Ferrata Los Vados near Granada and Motril. Very difficult with incredible exposure!
Rock Climbing and Ropework Courses
We offer rock climbing for the beginner or intermediate climber on Andalucia's quiet and remote crags. These are often located in beautiful surroundings, with the snowy peaks of the Sierra in the background. Rock Climbing has really exploded in popularity in recent years with thousands of people enjoying this fantastic extreme sport which gets you out in the great outdoors.
Outdoor rock climbing is a very rewarding activity; it is both physically and technically challenging and is also great fun. Destinations include Lanjaron, Orgiva, Capileira, Alfacar, Diezma, Los Vados and Las Calahorras