Winter Climbing Course in Madrid

With this Winter Climbing Course we intend to provide you with the technical and logistical resources necessary to independently and safely tackle winter mountain ascents in which basic rock, mixed and ice climbing techniques are required, as well as proper planning and serious risk management.

Our way of teaching is eminently practical and based on the real experience of many years. We will evaluate your technical knowledge first. Then we will ask you where you want to go and what your goals are. With this information we will prepare a course that exactly meets your needs. The small groups (maximum 4 students) and the totally personalised attention will make that after receiving this training an enormous range of possibilities open up to you.

Do not hesitate to call us. You will be able to speak with the same guides that will teach your course.

  • 1 person: 400 €
  • 2 persons: 220€
  • 3 to 4 persons: 160€
  • Guiding fees.
  • English speaking AEGM certified Mountain Guide.
  • Liability and accidents insurance.
  • All gear needed for the activity.
  • Advice before the course directly with a Guide.
  • Transportation. We can help you to arrange transport to/from Madrid. Ask us.
  • Meals or drinks.
  • Accommodation if needed.
  • Anything not listed in the “Includes” section.
  • Maximum 4 people per guide.

COURSE DETAILS

  • Planning and strategy in winter mountaineering.
  • Use and interpretation of information: Guides, reviews, topos. Alpine difficulty grades.
  • Gear and equipment for moderate difficulty winter mountaineering.
  • Basic snow concepts. If conditions are right, rescue avalanche victims with ARVA.
  • The bivouac: Hints and tips for spending the night outside.
  • Crampons use. Progression techniques in different inclinations terrain.
  • Ice axe use. How to use it in steep ice and two axes use.
  • Self-arrest techniques will not be seen. They are supposed to be covered in introductory courses and usually practices by students.
  • Party tying techniques. Modification of tying distance.
  • Climbing pitches vs. Simul climbing.
  • Snow anchors. Types according to snow consistency.
  • Ice anchors. Screw placement and Abalakov. Ice belays.
  • Rock anchors and belays.
  • Progress quickly through little difficulty terrain.
  • Abseiling review. Abseil with broken rope.
  • Principles of self-rescue on the wall (rope ascents)
  • Progression and self-rescue on glaciers.

These are course maximum goals. Reaching all of them will only be possible if mountain conditions and previous knowledge of students allow it.

  • Two days course, with 8 hours training per day.
  • Depending on the weather, we will lengthen or shorten the duration of each of the sessions in order to be able to impart all the proposed content. The objective is to achieve, whenever possible, 16 hours of training.
  • Guadarrama mountain range, near Madrid.
  • The exact location of the course will be communicated no later than 36 hours before the appointment.
  • For pedagogical reasons or due to mountain conditions, the guide may decide to carry out one of the two days of training in non-snowy terrain, which will not in any way diminish the quality of the training received by the participants.
  • Good physical condition.
  • Have completed at least one introductory winter mountaineering course.
  • Have done at least 10 winter activities with crampons and ice axe.
  • Have carried out at least 5 ascents in which the use of the rope is necessary.
  • Very eager to learn.

Personal gear:

  • Semi-rigid waterproof mountain boots. This requirement is mandatory. When in doubt, send us a photo of your boots.
  • Warm socks.
  • Gaiters.
  • Backpack between 35/ 45 liters.
  • Clothing suitable for winter conditions.
  • Beanie, Buff and two pairs of gloves, at least one pair waterproof.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Water bottle or thermos flask.
  • Food for the day (sandwich, nuts, bars, fruit, etc.).
  • Headlamp.
  • Thermal blanket.
  • Sleeping linen bag for mountain hut.

Technical Gear:

  • Mountaineering ice axe (1 or 2, consult)
  • Correctly regulated crampons with antiboot (available for rent)
  • Mountaineering helmet.
  • Climbing harness.
  • PAS with locking carabiner.
  • 6 locking carabiners (4 of them HMS type)
  • 1 reverso type belay device.
  • 1 x 120 cm ribbon sling.
  • 2 x 6 mm 125 cm cord.
  • 1 x cord of 7 mm and 5 meters long.
  • 1 Microtraxion, Tibloc or Roll & Lock type rope clamp.
  • Friends, stoppers, pitons and ice screws.
  • Quickdraws (normal and extendable, with 60 cm slings)

If you do not have some  of the technical gear, we provide it for free (except crampons and ice axe, which we have for rent at € 7 each)

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY

MEDIUM

PHYSICAL CONDITION

MEDIUM-HIGH

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