At A Glance
Why choose this course?
- 4 days of adventure in Snowdonia learning all aspects of hillwalking
- Spend the night wild camping on a mini-expedition
- Learn mountain navigation and route planning
- Boost your confidence on steep ground and learn to scramble
- Perfect course to dramatically increase your confidence and master lots of new skills
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 The Complete Hillwalker 4 Day Course
This four-day course based in Snowdonia will teach you all the skills needed to be a confident hillwalker, navigator, scrambler and undertake a multi-day wild camping expedition. This course will teach you lots of skills and dramatically boost your confidence in all areas of hillwalking, navigation, planning and scrambling.
Dates for 2017
- Thursday 20th April – Sunday 23rd April 2017 (fully booked)
- Thursday 22nd June – Sunday 25th June 2017 (3 remaining)
Each day will be spent in the mountains learning and developing specifics skills and techniques. All content will be delivered in a relaxed manner and at a pace to suit the group. The final two days will be spent on a mini-expedition where you will spend the night wild camping and putting all your new skills to the test.
Thursday – Day 1
The course starts with a masterclass in mountain navigation and hill skills. The day will be spent learning the fundamentals of navigation using a map & compass and route planning. This will include:
- Navigation theory and hillwalking best practices
- Weather and the environment
- Using and understanding your map
- Navigation techniques including using a compass, handrails and contour interpretation
- Distance, pacing and timing
- Using a compass, walking on a bearing and aiming off
- Planning a route: The 5 Ds and the 5 What’s, navigational strategy, hazard awareness and escape routes
Friday – Day 2
On the second day you will complete a mountain journey over steep ground. The day will be spent in the Glyderau learning more about route planning but over steep, rocky ground. You will learn scrambling techniques and how to safely tackle grade 1 scrambles such as Y Gribin, Tryfan North Ridge or Seniors Ridge. Movement techniques, scrambling strategy and how to stay safe on scrambling routes will be taught on this exhilarating day.
Saturday & Sunday – Days 3 & 4
After a morning theory session you will head out to the remote mountains for a mini expedition including a wild camp.
Best practices, multi-day navigation, mountain craft, route planning and wild camping skills will be the focus of the morning theory session before packing your kit ready for a night under the stars. You will plan a journey and walk deep in to the mountains putting all the skills learnt on the course to the test. If conditions are favorable, then you will also complete a short night navigation exercise.
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 steep scrambling sections with some exposure so you must be confident with heights. 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.
You will be required to bring all the essential clothing and gear required for summer conditions in the mountains.
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Warm/comfortable hillwalking clothing
- Day rucksack (22-30 liters)
- Warm hat, gloves, extra warm layers
- Notebook and Pen
- Compass (or you can borrow one)
- Lunch box, water bottle, flask, snacks for the day
- Personal kit for wild camping (list will be emailed)
What we will provide:
- Lightweight wild camping tent
- Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
- Camping stove and gas
- Large expedition rucksack
- Food and rations for the wild camping expedition
- Transport from Llanberis
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’.