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Advanced Mountain Scrambling & Via Ferrata

Courses in Spain: Malaga & Asturias

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountains above malaga in Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrambling in Spain

 

 

 

 

 

Scrambling & Via Ferrata - Mountain skills in Spain: Malaga & Asturias

View from top of highest mountain in Malaga

This course is ideal for hill walkers and trekkers who are confident moving over easy rock terrain, but who would like the skills and confidence to be independent and safe on classic mountaineering routes and need more knowledge of technical rope techniques. The content of this course is also very useful as alpine climbing preparation.

This Advanced Scrambling course focuses on the skills needed to climb hard scrambles, easy -but long- rock climbs and also via ferratas. All these activities, especially those located in remote locations, share many of the techniques needed in mountaineering,rock climbing, scrambling and alpine training. Moving safely over this terrain requires a full set of skills as well as a great affinity for adventure.

 

What you will learn in this course:

 

 

Rates per person per day

Private instruction:

1 person:180 Euros - 2 people: 95 Euros - 3 people: 85 Euros -

4 people: 75 Euros

 

Scrambling in Southern Spain

Andalucia in southern Spain has many great mountain scrambles with the dramatic limestone mountains of the Camarolos, providing a beautiful wilderness that is in stark contrast to the busy Costa del Sol.

The sierra behind our village of Villanueva de Rosario is covered in rocky peaks and ridges that form an arc of limestone hills dividing the province of Malaga into two parts and offer a vast number of scrambles of all levels of difficulty, including several that lead to the peak of El Chamizo, the second highest peak in Malaga province -1641 meters.

The nearby nature park of El Torcal de Antequera is one of the most impressive examples of karst limestone landscapes in Europe; for climbers it also offers excellent climbing plus a couple of excellent via ferrata routes along the amazing limestone pinnacles that characterise this area - the routes are fully equipped and the harder one includes a Tyrolean traverse between two pinnacles.

Another great scrambling experience is the Via Ferrata in El Chorro. It has a 30 meter tyrolina and a tibetan bridge enjoying amazing views.

 

In this course you will be learning a whole range of mountain skills; route selection, via ferrata techniques, equipment choice, movement skills, belaying, rope work, anchors and protection techniques, abseiling, short roping and navigation will all be covered as well as a host of other useful information.

There is more specific information on the course below and a lot of general information at the Useful Course Information pages

 

 

Advanced Scrambling Course - Spain

 

Cave on El Chamizo

The Advanced Scrambling and Mountain skills course covers aspects of scrambling, mountain skills and rock climbing and steal modules from all three disciplines, because hard scrambles and advanced via ferrata routes demand good all-round mountaineering skills.

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the technical skills and knowledge to climb adventurous routes in the mountains via classic scrambling, easy rock climbing routes and via ferratas. You will be learning how to move safely and confidently over rocky terrain as well as learning how to safeguard yourself and your partner using  a variety of rope techniques. We will be gradually building up the difficulty of the climbs to correspond with your aims and growing technical ability.

We will always try to make the course as realistic as possible and help you to become independent by giving you the skills and confidence to lead your own scrambles.

The dates, venues and duration of all our climbing and scrambling instruction is by arrangement and totally customisable. Simply email us and we will help to create a great scrambling holiday for you.

We can sometimes provide self-catering accommodation for you either at our base in the village of Villanueva del Rosario or at a suitable local venue. Let us know your requirements and we will put you in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

Via Ferrata leading to the summit of Camorro 1&2 - El Torcal - Antequera

The natural park of El Torcal de Antequera lies close to this lively town, Antequera. This is located in the southern Spanish province of Andalucía, 50 km north of Malaga and easily accessed from Granada, Seville, and Cordoba.

In addition to the extensive climbing and walking in the park the local climbers have added two Via Ferrata routes that provide an amazing and adventurous route through the towers – including an adrenaline fueled Tyrolean traverse between two of the towers.

We can guide you along these routes whilst also providing all the technical equipment so that you climb them in safety. The two routes can be done singly in about 4 hours each or can be connected together in a natural loop that provides a full day of fun. 

The park contains some of the best karst landscape in Europe with the characteristic, water eroded limestone towers sitting impressively above the village of Villanueva of the Conception. This wonderland of rock is a natural, chaotic labyrinth and a perfect playground for walkers, scramblers and climbers. It is a great place for scrambling and practicing moving over steep, rocky ground.

There are 3 walking routes in the park that have been marked out with different coloured way points. The green route is the shortest and easiest being 1.5 km long and taking about 30 minutes. The yellow route is longer at 2.5 km. long and leads to ‘Las Ventanillas’ (The Windows) a panoramic high point with fantastic views. The red route is the longest (4.5km) and most difficult and takes about three hours, with a viewing point 1.339 m up where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.

The park itself is part of a massive arc of limestone rock that sweeps parallel to the Andalucian coast. The massif that contains El Torcal is part of the southern edge of Sierras Subbéticas and this joins the Sierra de las Chimeneas in the west and the Sierra de las Cabras to the east. It is this chain of limestone massif that make Andalucia such a good natural playground for outdoor sports all year round.

 

El Torcal itself concentrates a lot into its 11.7 square km with the central rocky ridge, of Las Vilaneras splitting Torcal Alto from Torcal Bajo. The ridge summit lies at 1336m and is often a cool escape from the heat of the plains in Summer.

The park is also famous for its fauna and flora and was declared a Special Area for the Protection of Birds. Species present in El Torcal include the Griffon vulture, Kestrels, Collalbas and Mochuelo. The wild goats are shy, but ever present and show amazing climbing skills.

 

 

 

 

Advanced Scrambling in Spain - Prices

Rates per person per day

Private instruction:

1 person: 180 Euros

2 people: 95 Euros

3 people: 85 Euros

4 people: 75 Euros

 

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The full terms and conditions are on the booking page

Equipment provided by the Rock Climbing Company: we will provide all technical equipment needed for this scrambling course including ropes, climbing equipment plus a helmet and harness for each client.

We have an extensive rack of climbing equipment that you are welcome to use so that you can decide what you prefer. This includes a variety of ropes in different lengths and diameters so that you can find the rope system that suits you best.

What you need to provide: the weather in Spain can vary enormously and so it is wise to bring a full range of clothing - we are based at a height of 700m and most of the mountains are a lot higher than this so the area can be chilly in the shade when it is baking on the coast. We would recommend bringing pretty much the same kit as you would use in the UK (windproof, wicking/thermal top, mid layer plus a full set of waterproofs), but also add in some sun protection such as long sleeve shirt, sunglasses and sun cream.

It is best if your footwear is rated at either 3 - 4 season with stiff soles or specific scrambling boots. You can normally get away with stiff approach shoes in Spain because it is a dry environment. The stiff soles on all these types of footwear makes standing on small rock edges much easier and more secure.

You will also need a rucksack (30 - 40 litre capacity) and food and drink for the day.

What is not included: prices do not include, transport, accommodation, meals or personal insurance.

Ratios and course sizes: The Advanced Scrambling course is best taught at a ratio of 1 to 2 clients to 1 instructor but we can also arrange tuition for 3 and 4 clients

The full terms and conditions are on the booking page

 

 

 

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