Getting started The two courses in the Hill & Mountain Skills scheme are designed to provide progressive learning opportunities for new hill walkers. Before you can attend a Mountain Skills course you need to register on the Hill & Mountain Skills scheme.

Registration is free for 12-17 year olds and £20 for adults and it gives you access to both courses. To register, create an account on our candidate management system or log in if you already have one.

Courses are delivered by approved tutors who will introduce you to the skills and techniques required to enjoy mountain walking in your own time. You will have plenty of opportunities to practise these new skills as well as learning more about the environment and how to manage the risks associated with mountain walking.



Hill and Mountain Skills participant handbook

Hill and Mountain Skills Handbook
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Course content
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 course tutor. After that you will be out in the mountains, moving away from marked paths 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, many of our providers 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.
Training Mountain Skills courses typically last for 2 days, although some providers deliver them over 3-5 days.

Our approved Mountain Skills tutors offer courses in the high mountain regions of the UK. The course finder facility will show the number of available courses along with cost and location.

Examples of areas that courses are run:

Snowdonia - Brecon Beacons - Lake District - Mountains of Mourne - Scottish Highlands - Galloway Hills



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