Winter Mountaineering in Gredos (3 days)

This 3-day Introduction to Winter Mountaineering Course in Gredos is the perfect option if you want to start trying winter conditions activities in a privileged environment.

The objective of this Winter Mountaineering Course is to provide the participants with the technical and logistical knowledge necessary to independently and safely tackle easy classic ascents in high winter mountains in which ice axe, crampons and the punctual use of the rope will be necessary to protect specific sections, descends or easy glacier crossing.

  • 1 participant: 620€
  • 2 participants: 330€
  • 3 participants: 230€
  • 4 to 6 participants: 195€
  • Guiding fees.
  • English speaking AEGM certified Mountain Guide.
  • Liability and accidents insurance.
  • All gear needed for the activity.
  • Advice before the course directly with the guide.
  • Transportation. We can help you arrange transport to/from Madrid.
  • Meals and drinks.
  • Accommodation on half board at the mountain hut.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Anything not listed in the “Includes” section.
  • Maximum 6 participants per guide.

COURSE DETAILS

  • Items to take into account during planning and logistics of a winter climb.
  • Basic snow conditions understanding.
  • Basic navigation techniques.
  • Clothing and equipment for winter mountaineering.
  • The bivouac: Tips for spending the night out during winter and not suffering more than expected.
  • Use of crampons. Progression techniques on different inclinations.
  • Use of Ice axe.
  • Self-arrest techniques on icy slopes.
  • Route selection for ascent and descent, taking into account factors such as avalanche risk or exposure to falling
  • The rope, a double-edged sword, especially on frozen ground. What use is a rope if we are not anchored to the wall? Importance of choosing whether or not to tie up.
  • Basic climbing knots: Figure of eight, clove hitch and munter hitch.
  • Snow anchors: Types according to the consistency of the snow and available gear. Importance of dynamic belaying.
  • Use of rope to protect short climbing sections or exposed steps.
  • How to get off. Abseiling.
  • Introduction to rock anchors and basic rock climbing techniques.
  • Progression and self-rescue on glaciers.

A perfect complement for progressing in the use of rope and basic climbing techniques is the “Ridges and Scrambling Course”.

  • 3 days. Two nights in the Laguna Grande refuge.
  • Meeting point. 9 am at Hoyos del Espino.
  • Once the group it´s completed. We’ll organise car logistics.
  • Sierra de Gredos. Usually at Circo de Gredos, spending the night in the Laguna Grande Refuge, but depending on conditions we can do it in other areas of the massif.
  • Good physical condition.
  • Been able to do mountain activities up to 8 hours.
  • Eager to learn.

Personal gear:

  • Mountain waterproof semi-rigid boots. This item it’s mandatory. When in doubt, send us a photo of your boots.
  • Warm socks and spare ones.
  • Gaiters.
  • Backpack of  30/40 litres.
  • Clothing suitable for winter conditions.
  • Beanie, Buff, and two pairs of gloves, at least one pair waterproof.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Googles.
  • Water bottle or thermos flask.
  • Food for the day (sandwich, nuts, bars, fruit, etc.).
  • Headlamp.
  • Thermal blanket.
  • Sleeping bed linen for the hut.

Technical Gear:

  • Touring ice axe (available for rent)
  • Correctly regulated crampons with antiboot (available for rent)
  • Mountaineering helmet.
  • Climbing harness.
  • PAS with locking carabiner
  • 3 x locking carabiners (2 of them HMS type)
  • 1 x Reverso style, belay device.
  • 1 x 120 cm sling.
  • 1 x 6 mm 130 cm cord.
  • 1 x 7 mm and 5 meters long cord.

If you don’t 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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