The High Altitude Expedition Preparation course is held in the Pyrenees (French / Spanish border near Andorre). It lasts 5 days.
The area is a perfect location for preparation courses for expeditions to polar regions or the greater ranges. Led by high altitude mountaineer, Sean James this course is 5 days long with the possibility of a night spent out in the mountains.
A week long course with 5 days practical teaching whilst climbing the high mountains of the Pyrenees such as Pedraforca, Canigou, Carlit, Aneto, Pedrocomosa and many more.
Sean imparts his experiences of guiding over 15 – 8000m expeditions, including 4 times on Everest.
The courses run from December to April depending on the length of the season and conditions.
Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to climb your first 8000m or even 5000m trekking peak and want tips on training and high altitude techniques this course will provide you with ideal preparation for your own future expeditions and adventures.
Personal equipment such as harness, boots, crampons, helmet can be rented.
In the evenings Sean will also be sharing his experiences from trips including Aconcagua, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Damavand, Ama Dablam, Broad Peak, Manaslu, Gasherbrum, Patagonia, New Zealand, the Yukon, Cho Oyu, Baruntse, Ojos del Salado….
TYPICAL COURSE CONTENT
Equipment and gear selection
Food and drink – choices and alternatives
Snowholing and survival techniques
Putting up a tent in a blizzard
Snow and Ice Techniques
Ice axe use and braking
Correct use of crampons
Roping up for glacier travel
Ascending and descending fixed ropes
Self sufficiency and moving together on a rope
The principles of acclimatisation – schedules and rotations
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