Walking in the hills is a great way to explore the outdoors, boost your confidence and get some exercise. We know that for people new to hill walking it can be an exciting and slightly daunting prospect which is why deliver Mountain Training's Mountain Skills course to equip you with some basic knowledge and safety skills so that you can participate in more mountain walking in your own time.

The two-day Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in transferring their walking skills to more mountainous terrain. Ideally, participants would have some basic hill walking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness. Courses are run in the higher mountain areas of the UK. Mountain Training is the collection of awarding bodies for skills courses and qualifications in walking, climbing and mountaineering in the UK and Ireland. We are licensed by Mountain Training Cymru as course providers.

​What does the Mountain Skills course cover?

  • Planning – how to successfully plan a walk in the mountains in the UK or Ireland.
  • Walking skills – what things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills, steep ground etc.).
  • Clothing and equipment – being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster.
  • Weather – how it affects the mountains and your day out.
  • Navigation in the mountains – everything from selecting a compass and using a map to navigation in poor visibility and an intro to GPS.
  • Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill, information on good practice and useful organisations.
  • Hazards and emergency procedures in the mountains – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency. 

The Mountain Skills course will start with an opportunity to meet the other people on the course and take part in a short planning session with the course tutor. After that you'll be out in the mountains, moving away from marked paths and into steeper, rockier terrain in order to learn about the differences in weather, navigation and managing risk in the mountain environment. The physical effort required on these days will be reasonably demanding and you can expect to be out in the mountains for between 5-6 hours on each of the 2 days.

Age Limit:

Suitable for ages 12+

Dates:

8 - 9 March 2020  2 - 3 March 2020

Cost:

Cost for the 2 days: £140

Registration is free for 12-17 year olds. Adults (18+) must pay an additional registration fee of £20 payable directly to Mountain Training when you register on their Candidate Management System (CMS). The registration fee includes the following:

  • Access to our course on the CMS
  • A copy of the BMC Safety on Mountains book
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Lifetime use of Mountain Training's Digital Logbook for recording all mountain related activities

Further info:

View the Mountain Skills course handbook here.

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