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Difficulty:
Distance: Average 5 miles per day
Ascent: Average 500 metres per day
Duration: 2 days
Group Ratio: 1:6
Price: £110.00 per person
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Why choose this course?

  • A weekend practical course covering navigation, route planning, basic scrambling, and hillwalking fundamentals
  • An ideal course for beginners who want to gain the skills to be confident and competent in the mountains
  • A relaxed course and small group ratio, so you get the most out of the weekend
  • Led by an experienced Snowdon Walks Mountain Leader

Why choose Snowdon Walks?

  • All our courses are led and taught by fully qualified, experienced and knowledgeable Mountain Guides and Instructors
  • We specialise in organising mountain skill courses and walks – the mountains is our passion and we love nothing more than sharing this with you
  • Our courses are run and taught in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • We make sure that everything from booking your course to learning is as stress free and enjoyable as possible

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Event Description

The Hill and Mountain Skills Course is ideal for getting started with hillwalking in mountainous areas. After completing this two-day course, you will be able to tackle mountain walks over all types of terrain, know how to manage risks and hazards, navigate like an expert, plan routes, and know what to consider before going out in the mountains.

 

Dates for 2017

 

  • Saturday 1 April – Sunday 2 April 2017
  • Saturday 6 May – Sunday 7 May 2017
  • Saturday 3 June – Sunday 4 June 2017
  • Saturday 1 July – Sunday 2 July 2017
  • Saturday 5 August – Sunday 6 August 2017
  • Saturday 2 September – Sunday 3 September 2017

 

Course overview

 

This two-day course will equip participants with the skills and confidence required to get started walking in more mountainous terrain. You will spend two days in the mountains learning about navigation, route planning, managing risks and the weather before moving on to steeper, rockier terrain away from trails. You will plan and navigate a long mountain journey on the second day putting all your new skills to the test.

 

Course content

 

On Day One you will meet your group and instructor for a short navigational theory lesson before heading outside into the mountains to learn the practical elements of mountain navigation and route planning.

 

The navigation section starts with the basics and gradually introduce new techniques as the course progresses. You begin navigating on marked paths and mastering the fundamentals and when your confidence grows you will head to more baron and featureless ground and learn some advanced techniques, such as keeping track of your progress, relocation, and dealing with navigational errors. During the day you will learn about the weather, managing risk, the environment, clothing and equipment, walking skills, and emergency procedures. The day finishes with a planning session where you will plan a mountain journey with your group ready for the next day.

 

Day Two will involve completing a long mountain journey, which you will have planned within your group the previous day. You will further build on navigational skills as you navigate legs of the route across more difficult terrain. The route will involve steep terrain and you will learn to tackle easier scrambling routes safely and competently. Your instructor will be giving even more information on various walking and navigational skills as you complete the route.

 

Key concepts you will learn:

 

  • Choosing a route: how to plan a walk in the mountains
  • Navigation skills: map reading, using a compass and what to do when things go wrong
  • Basic scrambling:  an introduction to scrambling and gain confidence on steep ground
  • Working in a team: responding to hazards, what to do in an emergency and team welfare
  • Walking skills: pace, movement in the mountains and clothing/equipment
  • Weather: understanding the weather and how it can influence your day

 

Course pre-requisites

 

Some recent hillwalking experience is required and you are expected to have a good level of fitness and be able to walk over rough terrain. There will be some steeper scrambling sections with some exposure. You will need to wear and bring appropriate hillwalking clothing; this will be outlined in the course information email, which will be emailed to you after you have booked. Compass and maps will be provided.

 

Booking information

 

Spaces on this course are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We require a 35% deposit to reserve a place and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks prior to the course. All the course information will be emailed to you once your place has been confirmed. This will include all the details you need, including start and finish times, location details, parking information, and what you need to prepare and bring with you.

 

To book a place, select your chosen date on the calendar above and click ‘Book Now’

 

  • What our clients say...

    I can’t recommend Snowdon Walks enough. I’ve been lucky to do quite a lot of activity in Snowdonia over the past 6yr. However, I have done a recent Hills & Mountain Skills course and the two days very much exceeded my expectation. The course content, detail, practical and classroom engagement are superb. Great facilities and fantastic walking routes. I wish I had signed up earlier. Really looking forward to several more events with Snowdon Walks.

    Jim Macleerie
  • What our clients say...

    The Hill and Mountain Skills course was full of information, support and variety. As a novice, (who only went along to accompany a friend), it exceeded my expectations and I would like to do some more! The views were fantastic and the scrambling was a great way to end the 2 day course. An unforgetable experience.

    Helen Farrell
  • What our clients say...

    I attended the Mountain and Hills skills course without any prior knowledge of navigation. The course was the best training I have ever attended! Our Instructor Jo was very professional, organised and so experienced. She gave us an in-depth knowledge of navigation and awareness of our surroundings. We got a whole weekend of practising navigating and got the chance of having a go at scrambling too. I went from not being able to read a map and use a compass, to feeling pretty comfortable using both, something I did not think I’d be able too. Snowdon walks is a team of truly dedicated and very friendly and passionate people. The whole experience was fantastic to the point I might even go and try navigating by myself. I am so happy and could not recommend more! Definitely get in touch with Snowdon Walks!

    Emmanuelle Cuni
  • What our clients say...

    Really happy with the course and I’d recommend it to anyone. Staff were patient and very helpful on all aspects of the course! Thank you.

    Grant Leeding
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