Mountain Skills

Mountain Skills

Mountain Training’s Mountain Skills course is ideal for walkers who want to transfer their skills to more mountainous terrain. Ideally, you should have some basic hill walking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness.
MOUNTAIN SKILLS – WHAT'S COVERED?
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 to navigation in poor visibility, plus an intro to GPS.
Environmental knowledge– how to minimise your impact on the mountain, 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.

Our courses take place over two days, starting at about 9am, with the finish time varying according to the time of year. On the first day, we will include some night navigation as part of the course; this may involve staying out until after dark, or in summer, finishing late afternoon, but going out again for a couple of hours after dinner.

These are practical courses, and after an initial meet and introduction, the days are spent outside, and involve plenty of learning opportunities. You will be out in the mountains, moving away from the trails and into steeper, rockier terrain. The physical effort required on these days will be more demanding than on the Hill Skills course.
Course dates and locations
17–18 June 2017; Haweswater, Lake District
19–20 August 2017; Haweswater, Lake District
14–15 October 2017; Northern Fells, Lake District
Cost
£135 per person. This includes two full days’ training plus one evening session out on the hills/mountains with our Mountain Training accredited provider. Please note, this fee does NOT include the Mountain Training registration fee (see ‘How do I join a course?’ below). These courses are not residential, but we can suggest accommodation options in the area.
How do I join?
You must register with Mountain Training before you can take part in this course. Registration costs £20 per adult, and £10 for under 18s – payable to Mountain Training upon registering. This gives you access to the superb DLOG online logbook, and a copy of the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Safety on Mountains’ booklet. Registration gives you access to both the Hill and Mountain Skills courses. Registration can be done online here.

Booking is essential on all our Hill and Mountain Skills courses. Contact us by email, through our contact form or call now on 01931 713351
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