Mountain Skills Course
£135 per person
During two fun and action packed days on the Mountain Skills course, we will equip with the skills and knowledge to safely undertake mountain walks in the upland areas of the UK.
A small amount of experience of hill walking or navigation is required prior to a mountain skills course. This might be on one of our Hill Skills Courses or a navigation course. You don’t need to be a regular hillwalker, but having some idea of how to use a map and walk in the mountains will allow you to get the most out of the course.
The Mountain Skills course is nationally accredited by Mountain Training and Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of Mountain Training courses. Our courses are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.
You can view a short little video about the Mountain Skills course below;
Sat 18 – Sun 19 Jan 2020
Mon 20 – Tue 21 Apr
Thu 14 – Fri 15 May
Sat 13 – Sun 14 June
Thu 30 – Fri 31 July
Thu 17 – Fri 18 Sept
Sat 24 – Sun 25 Oct
Sat 28 – Sun 29 Nov
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are three or more of you that would like to take the course, but there are no suitable dates available, or you would like to take the course in a different area, please contact the office and we will arrange something to suit your requirements.
We meet at 09:00 in Capel Curig.
Over the two days we will cover the range of Mountain skills required to be safe;
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 detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions. Essentially, you need to be self sufficient for a day in the mountains. We will provide all the group safety equipment.
If you wish to be awarded the Mountain Training certification on completion of the course, you need to register with Mountain Training. The registration is a one-of cost which gives you access to both the Hill Skills and Mountain Skill courses. For 12-24 years of age this is £10, for those wiser in years it is £20. Registration gives you access to the Mountain Training Digital Logbook (handy if you want to start logging your adventures) and a copy of “Safety on the mountains” handbook.
Further information and registration can be done from this page.
This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require.
There are literally thousands of accommodation options in Snowdonia from uber luxurious 5 star Spa hotels to campsites and everything in between.
Popular options (apart from the club huts) nearby include The Rocks hostel and the Tyn y Coed Hotel in Capel Curig. Bryn Llewellyn Guest house in Betws-y-Coed. Youth Hostels in Ogwen, Betws y Coed, Pen-y-pass, Llanberis and Nant Gwynant and the Dol Gam camp site which benefits from being within walking distance of a pub.
If you want a hand booking something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, average fitness is quite sufficient.
After this course you will be eager to try some scrambling. You can try our very popular Introduction to Scrambling, or if you are feeling more adventurous, get the most out of this adrenaline filled activity with a whole week of amazing experiences in the safe hands of one of our team.