High Altitude Expedition Preparation Course in the Sierra Nevada (5 days)

Spain's Sierra Nevada is a perfect location for preparation courses for expeditions to polar regions or the greater ranges. Led by high altitude mountaineer, Sean James

Expedition Preparation Course, Sierra Nevada

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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Customer Comment

Still, my most memorable adventure to date, and largely thanks to your good leadership and an incredible team. Anyone “half thinking” of doing this should pull their finger out and do it, it’s the closest you’ll get to a polar experience.

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

Your guide, Sean James

Sean James, mountain guide
Sean James - Mountaineer

I spend most of the year working as a mountain guide in the Himalaya, Andes, Asia, Africa… I’ve led and summited multiple peaks above 8000m including 2 times leading successful groups to the summit of Everest. I’ve written numerous articles for outdoor magazines and was editor of a publication in the Middle East. I’ve also published a book, From Dubai to Everest detailing our 2015 Everest expedition and the earthquake in Nepal. Getting outside and exploring new places whether it is climbing, running with friends, races or biking is still what I love the most.


  • Dates - December to May

  • Prices - from €75 per person per day

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Dec Yes

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UK Office tel: +44 7307 690281 (by prior appointment via email)

Spanish Highs Tours Ltd
Company Number 09960909 Registered in England & Wales

Head Office: 41 Axholme Drive, Epworth, DN91EL, North Lincolnshire, UK. Registered Office: 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU, England

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