Introduction to Winter Climbing

Join us for the climbing experience of a lifetime in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees. Experienced ice climbing guide Simon Edwards will take you on an extraordinary 3 day adventure. We take care of everything - transport, accommodation and all technical equipment.

COST £695

TEAM SIZE 4

Itinerary

Day One
We pick you up from Barcelona, El Prat Airport at 2pm (or earlier from the city centre) and travel to Vall de Boí. The first evening we check into the accommodation, meet your guide and during the evening meal we'll discuss the aspirations of the group, safety and technical kit.

Day Two
After breakfast we have a short drive to the valley.  From here it’s an hour walk to the Cavallers Dam at 1800m.  During the first session we look at technical gear, you’ll learn how to make best use of your crampons and ice axe before progression to movement on ice.  The afternoon will be spent developing these skills further on gradually steepening routes.

Day Three - Day Four
Depending on conditions and group ability we'll explore the valley further each day. We'll climb several of the 160 water ice cascades and gulleys and progress to some harder routes. Our final objective is a full day adventure up one of the longer cascades, surrounded by snowy peaks and spectacular mountain scenery.

Day Five
We'll drop you back to Barcelona Airport for 12pm (midday) or if you prefer, we can take you into the city if you wish to extend your stay.

Food & Accommodation

We stay in modern, private apartments with fitted kitchens, hot showers and WIFI.  The trip cost is based on two people sharing a private room but we can arrange single accommodation for an additional €150. Half board accommodation includes  breakfast and lunch. For dinner you can either self cater or, on the weekend, visit one of the many excellent restaurants in the area.  A typical menu del dia (meal of the day) is less than €20 for 3 courses and a drink of your choice.

We do our best to cater for all dietary requirements and are happy to discuss specific food choices to make sure you enjoy an incredible adventure.

Breakfast options (to be ordered)

  • Porridge with nuts and fruit
  • Traditional Spanish breakfast with lots of bread, jams, croissants etc. 
  • Ham, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, beans etc.
  • All served with proper coffee, teas, and juice.

Lunch and snacks on the mountain

  • We cater for a delicious, nutritious mountain lunch including ethically sourced meat, cheese, bread and fresh local produce.
Location

Vall de Boí is a north/south valley in the Northwestern corner of Catalonia (Catalunya), a province of Spain with a deep and rich history. The province has its own language of Catalan. When you book we’ll send you a few phrases in Spanish and Catalan to get you started.

There are several villages close to our apartment; each one has a range of restaurants, shops and facilities to keep you going during your stay.  There are even banks and climbing shops which are open in the evening.

Vall de Boí begins to rise from around 1200m elevation and finishes high up on the Pyrenean peaks at over 3000m. Most of the climbing will be done around the Cavallers Dam in the shadow of Punta Alta de Comalesbienes.  The valley is on the edge of the only Spanish national park in the Pyrenees and despite its spectacular scenery is relatively quiet.  Most winter tourists come here to ski rather than climb so we don’t share the valley with hordes of people.

Experience Required

None!

No previous climbing experience is necessary. We will teach you how to ensure your own safety and that of the team around you and we will tailor the climbing difficulty to the group's ability.

Fitness

You will spend 3 active days on the mountain lasting between 6 and 10 hours. You'll only be carrying personal technical gear, food and water, so your rucksack will be fairly light. The climbing, whilst intense, will be in fairly short bursts. You can expect to burn between 3000 and 5000 calories per day.

If you can run 10k, or enjoy a long (6 hour) walk in the mountains, or you are happy in the gym for an hour of CrossFit (for example) then you will be fine.  However, the more distance you have in your tank the more you will enjoy the experience.

We'll send you a simple training programme when you book so you can arrive physically confident.

What's Included

Included

  • Transfers to/from Barcelona to Vall de Boí
  • 4 nights chalet accommodation
  • Breakfast & lunch
  • Ice climbing kit rental
  • 3 days ice climbing instruction from fully qualified MIC

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Suitable travel insurance (this is obligatory) 
  • Evening meals
  • Personal kit (full kit list provided)

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AVAILABLE DATES

22nd Jan 2019 - 26th Jan 2019 BOOK NOW
26th Jan 2019 - 30th Jan 2019 BOOK NOW
30th Jan 2019 - 3rd Feb 2019 BOOK NOW
3rd Feb 2019 - 7th Feb 2019 BOOK NOW

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Simon Edwards SimonEdwards Ice Climbing Guide During the winter Simon spends much of the season guiding and climbing in Scotland. Simon holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest UK based mountaineering qualification and he specialises in winter mountaineering, ice and mixed climbing. He also works as a freelance aerial performance rigger with aerial dancers and performers across the world.

Adventure reports 

Icp 2018 Adventure Report

Deposit £ 250 Balance £ 695