Our Mountain Training Hill Skills Course provides a broad introduction to UK hillwalking from our base in The Peak District National Park. Aimed at the beginner hillwalker, the itinerary offers practical instruction in planning walks, navigation with map and compass and equipment selection with the overall aims of building confidence and broadening your knowledge of the upland environment to enrich your days out.
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What does the Hill Skills course cover?
Planning – how to successfully plan a hill walk 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 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 hills and your day out. Navigation in the hills – everything from selecting a compass to navigation strategies and an intro to GPS.
Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill and information on good practice and useful organisations.
Hazards and emergency procedures in the hills – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency.
During a Hill Skills course, you can expect to start each day at about 9am. The first part of the course is spent indoors, getting to know the other people on the course and gaining an understanding of basic hill walking planning. The Tutor will outline the plans for the course before you head out into the hills.
The end of the day will usually involve a short indoor session to review the day and plan the following days’ outing. You can expect to be out walking each day for around 4-5 hours and generally on Hill Skills courses this will be on footpaths or trails that are rough underfoot. Much of the journey during the course will involve learning opportunities and as such, the pace of the day is friendly and will include plenty of breaks.
If you wish to attend either the Hill or Mountain Skills courses you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-off cost which gives you access to either or both courses.
1. Create an account on the Candidate Management System (mountain-training.org)
2. Register for the Hill & Mountain Skills (HMS)
3. Book your course (through this page)
Mountain Training Registration costs
Ages 14-17: £10
Age 18 and Over: £20
* Please note that the MTA registration fee is separate from and additional to the cost of the course.
The MTA registration fee includes the following:
- Access to both courses with any approved Provider
- A copy of the Safety on Mountains book
- A certificate of attendance from either or both courses
- Lifetime use of the Digital Logbook for recording all mountain-related activities