Guides Training in Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains
All mountain guides and International Mountain Leaders have to undertake “C.P.D.” (Continuous Professional Development) annually to maintain their registration as a guide. For British International Mountain Leaders this is a minimum of two days per year (not including 1st aid).
Sierra Nevada Guides are pleased to announce that we have been accredited to run a CPD event in the Sierra Nevada during 2016 which will provide 2 CPD events for those attending.
This will be a “showcase” event demonstrating the uniqueness and very best that the Sierra Nevada has to offer as well as climbing the four highest mountains including Mulhacen which at 3482m is the highest mountain in mainland Spain. The specific details of the event are:
Sierra Nevada CPD Event - 3rd to 8th July, 2016
Climb Mainland Spain’s Highest Mountain whilst exploring the Flora and Fauna of the Sierra Nevada National Park.
|Erigeron frigidus an extremely rare endemic species|
|An Iberian Ibex near the summit of Mulhacen|
|An easy (grade 1) scramble on slabs to ascend Veleta|
In addition to the natural history of the area we will be aiming to ascend the four highest mountains in the Sierra Nevada: Mulhacen 3482m, Pico del Veleta 3394m, Alcazaba 3371m and Cerro de Los Machos 3329m.
The itinerary will include some easy scrambling and crossing a short exposed section of chain. Participants will need to bring suitable slings to safeguard themselves. Aspirants will be equipped and coached by the three qualified IML’s from Sierra Nevada Guides who will be leading this event. Four days in the mountains with three nights will be spent in mountain Refugio’s. The cost not including travel or accommodation is £200 per person.
Full details of the event are here.
|The Sierra Nevada Camomile, Artemisia granatensis another very rare plant.|
Whilst this event is designed to provide CPD for IML’s it would also provide good experience for Aspirant IML’s and Mountain Leaders considering becoming IML's.
To see how plants adapt to the varying climatic zones as we ascend into the mountains.
To observe the uniqueness of the flora and fauna of the area.
To observe the impact man has made through the ages within the National and Natural Park.
To learn how the National Park Authorities have acted to lessen the impact of man on the environment.
Understand the range of maps available for this area and the difficulties of navigation with maps of less reliability than O.S. maps.
Crossing exposed fixed equipment.
Crossing snow patches.
The ''pitfalls'' of running a guiding company either from the UK or from abroad.
This course is being led by qualified International Mountain Leaders from Sierra Nevada Guides: Michael Hunt, Jane Livingstone and Martin Riley. Both Jane and Michael are members of BAIML whilst Martin is the first British member of AEGM, the Spanish Guides Association.
|Jane, Michael and Martin|
Sierra Nevada Guides