Hill and Mountain Skills Goes Live

Hill and Mountain Skills Scheme

Today (March 31st) Mountain Training have launched the nationally accredited Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme, which has added two new courses aimed at novice and improving hill walkers. Coordinated by Mountain Training, through its network of approved course Providers, the courses aim to equip people with the basic knowledge and safety skills required to participate in hill and mountain walking in their own time.

Hill Skills Course

The Hill Skills course has been designed for hill walkers with little or no previous experience. It covers a practical understanding of the countryside and moorland environment, how to plan walks, familiarity with using maps, the equipment required and also an understanding of the effects of weather and how to deal with emergencies.

Mountain Skills Course

The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in transferring their walking skills to more mountainous terrain. The course includes skills in map and compass reading, mountain weather forecasting, movement through steep ground, planning and preparation, emergency procedures and the seasonal effects of the mountain environment.

The Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme is nationally accredited and has been endorsed by Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

'Mountain Rescue England and Wales support any initiatives that seek to develop the personal skills and self-reliance of Hill and Mountain Walkers,' says Mike Margeson, Vice Chairman of Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW). 'We are therefore positive about the announcement by Mountain Training of the launch of their NEW Hill and Mountain personal skills courses. We are also confident that Mountain Training has an effective quality assurance system in place and courses will be delivered by experienced and approved providers.'

Walking has been identified as a great way to combat inactivity and the Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme is an easy way for people to equip themselves with the skills to explore the hills and mountains safely.

Read more about the Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme.

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