At A Glance
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
Book Hill and Mountain Skills Course
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 (Snowdonia, Capel Curig)
- Saturday 5 August – Sunday 6 August 2017
- Saturday 2 September – Sunday 3 September 2017
Dates for 2018 (Snowdonia, Capel Curig)
- Thursday 5th April – Friday 6th April 2018 (Midweek)
- Saturday 21st April – Sunday 22nd April 2018
- Saturday 26th May – Sunday 27th May 2018
- Thursday 7th June – Friday 8th June 2018 (Midweek)
- Saturday 23rd June – Sunday 24th June 2018
- Saturday 28th July – Sunday 29th July 2018
- Saturday 25th August – Sunday 26th August 2018
- Saturday 22nd September – Sunday 23rd September 2018
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.
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
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. We expect each participant to have completed a minimum of 5 mountain days involving 6+ hours of strenuous mountain walking. 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.
If you feel you have not met the above requirements then have a look at our beginners weekend training course which is suitable for complete novices.
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’