Our 'Mountain Training' Mountain Skills course is suitable for beginners and experienced hill walkers looking to move into the higher mountain areas of the UK such as Snowdonia, The Lake District or Scottish Highlands. Based in some of the finest mountain scenery in the UK, the itinerary aims to equip you with the skills and confidence to plan safe and exhilarating walks in the mountains of the UK.
This differs from many Mountain Skills Courses on offer as we deliver the content of this course over 3 days. You will need to find your own accommodation (Llanberis based) for the first night, the second night will be a wild camp.
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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.
A 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 Tutor. After that you will be out in the mountains, moving away from the trails 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 more demanding than the Hill Skills course and you can expect to be out in the mountains for between 5-6 hours. In addition we will run an evening session that can either be a walk into darkness or an additional teaching session on other elements of the course syllabus.
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