Expedition Preparation Course in the Sierra Nevada (2/3 days)

Spain's Sierra Nevada is a perfect location for preparation courses for expeditions to polar regions or the greater ranges with high altitude and remote mountains to use as a base

About the Expedition Preparation Course

A short course (3 days/long weekend) building on our own experiences on the Patagonian Icecap to provide you with ideal preparation for your own future expeditions and adventures.

In 2006 when we first went out to the Patagonian Icecap we had little idea really of some of the techniques required to survive for weeks in a wild and hostile environment. Over our past few expeditions there we have gained knowledge, tricks and techniques that we hope to pass onto others through this short 3 day/2 night course.

This is a practical course with 2 nights out in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

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

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

3 Day 2 Night Course - topics covered:
  • Planning for an Expedition
  • Food and drink - choices and alternatives
  • Snow wall construction. A much neglected and complex subject. See The best snow wall construction to eliminate drifting on the leeward side
  • 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!

Techniques - for those not already aquainted

  • Ice axe use and braking
  • Correct use of crampons
  • Roping up for glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Snow belays


Dates - December to May

Prices - from €75 per person per day

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Contact us via our Contact Page
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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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