High Altitude Expedition Preparation Sierra Nevada, Spain

Preparation courses for expeditions to polar regions or greater ranges

Expedition Training Courses in the Sierra Nevada
Expedition Training Courses in the Sierra Nevada

About the High Altitude Expedition Course

A week long course with 5 days practical, including 3 nights out in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It builds on experiences of guiding over 14 - 8000m expeditions, including 4 times on Everest. Whether you are a complete beginner of looking to climb your first 8000m and want tips on training and high altitude techniques this course will provide you with ideal preparation for your own future expeditions and adventures.

In the evenings Sean will also giving from Aconcagua, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Damavand, Ama Dablam, Broad Peak, Manaslu, Gasherbrum, Patagonia, New Zealand, the Yukon, Cho Oyu, Baruntse, Ojos del Salado.

The Expedition Preparation Course is an ideal "bolt on" to our successful Winter Skills Mountaineering or Alpine Introduction Courses.

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Course Content

Typical Course Content

  • Planning for an Expedition
  • Equipment and gear selection
  • Which operator? Which mountain? Am I fit enough?
  • Food and drink - choices and alternatives
  • Snow wall construction. A much neglected and complex subject
  • Snowholing and survival techniques
  • Putting up a tent in a blizzard - vital to practice!
  • Communications tricks and techniques with base. Rescue?
  • Transportation with Sleds and Pulks
  • Snowshoeing
  • The right mental approach!
  • Snow and Ice Techniques
  • Ice axe use and braking
  • Correct use of crampons
  • Roping up for glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Snow belays
  • Cooking and boiling water at altitude
  • Ascending and descending fixed ropes
  • Setting up fixed ropes
  • Self sufficiency and moving together on a rope
  • Designing a training plan
  • High altitude medicine
  • The principles of acclimatisation schedules and rotations
  • Communication back home on different mountains
  • Packing

Sean James, mountain guide

Your guide, Sean James

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Dates & Prices

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Prices

Mountaineering Courses and PD routes
Group size (per booking): (prices are per person per day)
  • 1 person - cost €150
  • 2 persons - cost €95
  • 3 persons - cost €85
  • 4 persons - cost €75
Classic Winter Mountaineering Routes (AD and above) (1:2 ratio)
  • 1 person - cost €220
  • 2 persons - cost €140

Definition of "Group" - if you are booking a trip for 2 persons the 2 person rate applies, 3 persons - 3 person rate etc (not dependent on eventual total group size!).

Price includes:
  • Guiding
  • Local transport to and from Lanjaron/trailhead
  • Backup vehicles
  • Gear hire - helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe
  • We have a limited number of boots and sizes available for guest use

N.B Guiding ratio for high mountain activities - no more than 4 to a guide.

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