Hill & Mountain Skills Courses

Walking in the hills can be an exciting but daunting prospect if you have never done it before. To stay safe and enjoy your time on the hill you will benefit from some basic skills and expertise to support you on your way. The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are designed to give you just that. They aim to equip you with basic knowledge and safety skills, increasing your confidence to participate in more hill and mountain walking in your own time.

People hill walk for many reasons, but a significant motivating factor is the sense of freedom that you gain from exploring the great outdoors. Discovering new places and challenging yourself adds to the whole experience and within the UK and Ireland there are vast areas to explore and enjoy.

The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are nationally accredited and developed by Mountain Training. The courses are widely available through our network of course providers. The courses are delivered by our approved course tutors, who are all experienced Mountain Training award holders and work on behalf of the course provider.

Which Course is for me?

There are two courses as part of the scheme: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills. Both are open to anyone aged 12 or over.

Hill Skills Mountain Skills

Hill Skills

The Hill Skills course is your key to getting started in countryside walking. There is no experience of hill walking required to attend a Hill Skills course because the content of the course is aimed at beginners. If you do have some experience of hill walking but aren’t confident about planning walks, navigating and understanding the equipment required, then the Hill Skills course is an ideal way to learn.

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Mountain Skills

The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in transferring their walking skills to steep, remote or more mountainous terrain. Ideally, participants will have some basic hill walking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness. Courses are run in the higher mountain areas of the UK and Ireland.

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The handbook contains loads of useful information about what the courses cover. (Click on the image to view or download the handbook.)

Hill and Mountain Skills Handbook

Registration for the scheme

If you wish to attend either the Hill Skills or Mountain Skills course you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-off cost which gives you access to either or both courses.

For 12-17 yrs: Free
For 18 yrs and over: £20
The registration fee includes the following:
BMC Safety on Mountains
  • Access to both courses with any of our approved providers
  • A certificate of attendance for completing either course
  • Lifetime use of our digital logbook (DLOG) for recording all mountain related activities
Adults will also receive, in the post:
  • A copy of the Safety on Mountains book
  • A navigational timing card

The registration fee does not include:
  • The course fee (this is managed by the providers)
  • Equipment needed for participation in the course
  • Personal accident insurance

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