Trad climbing course in Galayos

Trad climbing offers you an incomparable sense of freedom and adventure, allowing you to visit areas where you will not find any fixed gear, such as bolts or bolted belays.

We offer you the chance to learn the right skills and techniques needed to climb in places like Chamonix, Yosemite or Peak District, all three places where the use of cams and nuts is mandatory.

Together with practice and consistency, this course will teach you how to lead single and multi-pitch trad routes, place gear, build an anchor or rappel down safely.

Whether you are a sport climber willing to take on new adventures or a seasoned climber who just wants to go back to the basics, this course is for you.

We´ll spend one night and two days in the alpine playground of Galayos, Sierra de Gredos, learning and practising at your own pace the arts and secrets of trad climbing.

  • 1 person: 450€
  • 2 people: 250€ each
  • 3 people: 180€ each
  • 4 people: 150€ each
  • English speaking AEGM Certified Rock Climbing Guide.
  • Guiding fee.
  • Liability and accident insurance.
  • All climbing gear needed (ropes, harnesses, helmets, PAS, climbing rack, belay devices…), if needed.
  • Transportation. Let us know if you need help arrange transportation to/from Madrid!
  • Drinks and meals.
  • Accommodation.
  • Climbing shoes. While we highly recommend to bring your own shoes, we do have rental climbing shoes. Please ask for available sizes.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Anything not listed in the “Includes” section.
  • Normally 2 people per guide.
  • Ask conditions for 3-4 people.


  • Reading topos.
  • Risks evaluation.
  • Trad climbing gear: cams, stoppers, pitons, slings, etc.
  • How to rack gear on your harness.
  • Placing gear.
  • Alternating pitches on long routes.
  • Party communication.
  • Managing and use of double ropes.2 and 3 climber parties.
  • Building a belay station. Types.
  • Alternating pitches on long routes.
  • Communication within the party.
  • Belaying techniques.
  • Logistics and strategies for the climb.
  • Descent: rappel and withdraw.
  • First-aid kit and basic self-rescue concepts.
  • 2 days course, plus the trip and the approach to the area on the first day.
  • Overnight at refugio Victory (when open) or bivouac.
  • Usually on a weekend. Possibility of taking the course during the week. Check availability.
  • Galayos, in Sierra de Gredos mountain range. Two hours drive from Madrid.
  • Overnight at refugio Victory(when open).
  • Good physical condition.
  • Previous climbing experience (leading french 5th grade in sport climbing).
  • Being used to hiking in mountain terrain.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Technical clothing for the time of year (warm clothes, windbreaker, waterproofs, etc.). It is always good to have a light layer (or multiple layers), even in the summer.
  • Comfortable clothing (loose and not bulky).
  • Backpack 40-45 litres.
  • Approach or hiking shoes.
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre).
  • Snacks (bars, packed meals, some fruit).
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, cap or hat).
  • Headtorch and batteries.
  • Camera or phone.
  • Trekking poles (recommended for long approaches).

For the hut:

  • Sleeping bag and pad (hut does not have them).
  • A minimum toilet bag (toothbrush and toothpaste).
  • Earplugs (recommended).
  • Helmet.
  • Harness.
  • Climbing shoes.
  • Chalk bag.
  • PAS (Multichain) + locking biner.
  • 5 locking biner (2 HMS tye).
  • 1 reverso/ATC belaying device.
  • 1 60 m doublé rope.
  • Set of cams and stoppers.
  • 10 quickdraws.
  • 2×60 cm slings.
  • 1×120 cm sling.
  • 1×5 m cordelette (7 mm if polyamide, 5’5 if kevlar).

Let us know if you need any of the above gear. We can provide it to you or give you advice when buying it.






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