Hill & Mountain Skills Courses

Walking in the hills can be a daunting prospect if you have never done it before. To stay safe and enjoy your time on the hill you need some basic skills and expertise to guide you on your way. The Hill & Mountain Skills courses are designed to teach you just that. They aim to equip you with the basic knowledge and safety skills required to participate in 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 14 or over. The Hill Skills course is an introduction to hillwalking and the Mountain Skills course is a progression on from this.

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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 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 and Ireland.

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Registration for the scheme

If you wish to attend either the Hill 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.

Registration costs

There are two costs for the one-off registration cost:

For 14-17 yrs: £10

For 18 yrs and Over: £20

The registration fee includes the following:
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  • Access to both courses with any of our approved Providers
  • A copy of the Safety on Mountains book
  • A navigational timing chart
  • A certificate of attendance for completing either course
  • Lifetime use of the Digital Logbook for recording all mountain related activities

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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