These courses are a practical introduction to the skills required to get started in hill walking and mountain walking. The courses aim to equip participants with the basic knowledge and essential safety skills required to start pursuing their own participation in hill and mountain walking as a leisure time activity.
Peak Navigation courses are pleased to have been chosen as providers of the new awards.
The Hill Skills course is aimed at the beginner hill walker and ideal for those interested in developing a practical understanding of:
- how to plan a walk
- become familiar with the use of a map
- learn about the equipment required
- gain an understanding of the effects of weather
- how to deal with emergencies
- gain a valuable understanding of the upland environment.
The course utilises countryside and moorland areas where the skills will be transferable to many popular walking areas of the UK and Ireland.
Course duration: 2 days. Based in Foolow, in the Derbyshire Peak District.
The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants would have done some basic hill walking previously and have a reasonable level of fitness. Topics to be covered include:
- skills in using a map and compass
- mountain weather forecasting
- movement through steep ground
- planning and preparation
- emergency procedures
- seasonal effects
- the mountain environment
all form the syllabus of this course. The course is run in the Lake District one of high mountain areas of the UK.
Course duration: 2/3 days
Based in the Lake District Mountains
All participants are required to register with Mountain Training. This is a one-off cost and allows access to either or both courses.
Mountain Training Registration cost include:
- Access to the Mountain Training Digital Logbook
- A copy of the ‘Safety on Mountains’ handbook
- Certificate of attendance for both courses
- Access to technical advice from Mountain Training
You can find out more about registration with Mountain Training on their website.
We need a group of at least 4 people to run either of these courses; do get in touch if you would like to know more.