MOUNTAINS. SNOW. ICE. MAD SKILLS | 5th - 11th JANUARY 2019


Whether you’re aiming to trek and climb in winter mountain environments at home or have your sights set on conquering Himalayan peaks, there’s no better playground to learn the basic skills for winter mountain travel, and who better to go with than The YesTribe?!

Learning as you undertake a supervised mountain journey, this course will increase your understanding and appreciation of this fantastic environment while building your confidence to be able to move in winter conditions safely and independently. 

Crucially, this course will enhance your ability to ‘read’ mountain weather and the geographic conditions around you. Throughout the course you will also gain valuable insight into expedition nutrition, clothing and winter camp craft. This is an intense affordable course run by expedition leaders with vast experience, designed to prep you for your next great adventure or just as a week of fun on the mountains with awesome company.

 Intrepid trekker Nigel Vardy... he wasn't even posing!
 Our SayYesMore models showing off the versatility of the Buff on the edge of a cliff... standard behaviour!

What to expect…

Have you ever seen Cliffhanger?! Hmm.. ok take away the guns, the violence and the millions of dollars hidden in the mountains and you're left with a pretty epic adventure, in awesome surroundings, learning to use all the gear that Gabe did (minus the explosives!)

We're going to be learning all sorts from snowshoeing to safety in the winter environment; self arrest techniques to assessing avalanche hazards; learning basic navigation, ice-axe and crampon work on varying terrain and conditions; building snow and ice anchors and belays; moving together over snow and ice; construction of snow holes and weather forecasting, basic ice climbing techniques; ascent of a mountain in winter conditions.

A greater understanding of expedition travel will be gained as further skills such as expedition nutrition, clothing and winter camp-craft will be demonstrated on the journey phase of the course.

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 To walking pole, or not to walking pole!? that, is the question...

Am I fit enough?

The answer is, no matter how fit you are, training is definitely advised for this trip.

Just because we’re in Europe and reasonably close to home, doesn’t mean that you’re undertaking a gentle walk in the hills! This is a fairly challenging trek with significant altitude gain and some long days, learning techniques that may be new to you like use of crampons.

You should bring a rucksack with you of approximately 60-80L as the idea on this expedition is to mimic as closely as possible conditions on some of the bigger mountain expeditions. Although we will not be camping, you will be carrying (or wearing) your snow-shoes, ice-axe, crampons, sleeping bag, spare clothes, water, cameras etc and a share of the teams food for the week. Altogether this will weigh something between 12 and 18kgs and whilst this is just for the walk in and out (minus a lot of the food when you are walking out), it is good to prepare for this!

Our smiles will be enormous and endless as we take on the challenge together and achieve things we never thought we'd ever try.

 Yousef is just one of the smiling faces to look after us all week :) 

Accommodation

Papilio Guesthouse is a comfortable lodge in the mountains that sleeps 10 to 12 guests. Book accommodation to your own preference. The Refuge is dormitory style accommodation but each person will have their own bunk bed.

This is the perfect place to defrost with a hot shower and download all the tales of the adventures that day with your fellow mountaineers around the fire. 

I had an incredible week away with everybody. The trip was not only incredibly detailed, but I also really enjoyed the physical challenge of summiting Aneto. Came home feeling more intelligent about the environments that we worked in and satisfied that I’d worked hard.
— Tom Rowland, Expeditions Skills Course, 2018
 A typical view when you stop for a breather and a giggle with your fellow trekkers

Travel

Flights aren’t included so you would need to arrange your flights to arrive and depart Toulouse airport.  

Flights aren't included purely because this gives you options to fly from all over the UK. There are many flights that come to Toulouse daily from many different airports.

For our skills weeks we will be suggesting you get the following flights:

EasyJet EZY8339: Gatwick – Toulouse 0840 arriving at 1130

EasyJet EZY8338: Toulouse – Gatwick 1805 arriving at 1900

If these do not suit then all you need to know is that we will be at the airport at midday on day one of the itinerary. On the day you leave we will be dropping the team off at Toulouse airport for 3pm. Please therefore find flights that work for these timings. If there are any issues with this please let us know and we will also try and help however it might mean in getting a hire car/train or taxi to your start / finish point.

Bagneres de Luchon is 1h 40 mins drive away

 Just one of the desert views you'll get when waking up in the bedouin tent 

Who are 360 Expeditions?

The team of heroes arranging all logistics and guides for your expedition. 

They know the environment you will be trekking through intimately and hold the highest leadership and first aid qualifications to lead groups in remote places. Furthermore they have worked with the local crews for years and established a fantastic working relationship with them. Many speak several languages and they have operated many individual expeditions in the very environment in which you will be trekking to ensure that their enthusiasm never wains. 

360 Expeditions handpick their leaders for their extensive expedition experience, their leadership skills, and for their ability to relate to the local people with whom they work. 

SayYesMore and 360 Expeditions have partnered up for this journey so Em Karembo Taylor will be coordinating the YesTribe team, and the course will be lead by 360's founder and expert mountaineer, Rolfe Oostra. 

Imagine yourself doing all this... 

Cost

£760 per person + flights. A deposit of £350 is required to secure your place and you can choose to spread the remaining cost over monthly instalments taking you up to 2 months before departure.

OR - pay larger amounts in less number of instalments to cover the costs quicker - everything is flexible you just need to ask 360 Expeditions.

What's NOT included? 

  • Flights* (Check out the section on flights above)
  • Additional kit - see the kit list.
  • Insurance - this is ESSENTIAL
  • Any additional town accommodation due to bad weather
  • Lunch when in town and final dinner
  • Alcohol - sorry!
  • Refuge accommodation if the course switches to the Aneto region for weather reasons (additional 60 Euros)
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early

What's included? 

  • Airport transfers to and from Toulouse
  • Rolfe Oostra as your guide for the whole week with help from Emma Taylor
  • Transfers to and from the mountain base
  • SOME technical equipment (ice axe, harness, crampons and snow shoes)
  • Food while on the mountain
  • 2 nights of accommodation based on 2 sharing at Papilio Guesthouse including breakfast
  • 1 town meal on arrival
  • Mountain accommodation

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE BROCHURE including kit list & FULL DETAILED ITINERARY.....and now get excited! 

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Is it a YES?! Grab your place, now!

If you're ready to fully jump into this adventure, book your place and pay your deposit (you're awesome!) please fill in this booking form.

If you would like to register your interest and have more questions - please fill in the form below to contact 360 Expeditions...

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