Mountain Skills Week
Peak District + Snowdonia
£395 per person
Learn the basic mountain skills of navigation, scrambling and remote camping in this 1 week fun packed course as a foundation for a lifetime of action packed and inspiring adventures.
We start with some basic navigation and mountain skills before learning the basics of scrambling on a classic mountain scramble and finally bring it all together with a two day expedition involving an overnight stay in a remote location.
On successful completion of the course you can choose to receive the Mountain Training Hill Skills, Mountain Training Mountain Skills and NNAS Silver navigation awards.
This course is a great experience on its own or as a precursor to the a HML or ML training course, although it should be noted this course focuses on personal skills rather than group leadership.
Mon 15 – Fri 19 Apr Course full
Mon 20 – Fri 24 May Course full
Mon 3 – Fri 7 June
Mon 29 Jul – Fri 2 Aug
Mon 12 – Fri 16 Aug
Mon 30 Sept – Fri 4 Oct
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are no dates that are suitable and there are two or more of you that want to learn some mountain skills, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.
Meeting / Departure Point
The course will meet at 09:00 in Grindleford in the Hope valley. Grindleford has good train links to both Manchester and Sheffield.
Whilst the course finishes in Snowdonia, we can drop you either at a train station there, or return you to Grindleford.
The course is flexible so that we get the most learning out of the prevailing weather conditions. As a rough outline, the course will start with the essential hill and mountain skill of navigation. After two days in the beautiful terrain of the Peak District we will move to Snowdonia. After a day learning to scramble we undertake an overnight journey staying out somewhere remote.
Day 1 Following introductions, we will look at some of the theory of navigation before heading out on a local walk to practice these skills and learn about essential equipment, upland weather and the environment.
Day 2 We practice our navigational and hill skills on a day journey. This is often around Kinder Scout.
Day 3 With an early start we head over to Snowdonia (transport provided) and tackle one of the iconic scrambles for which the area is renowned. Focussing on personal movement skills we also take a brief look at the use of a rope for safety.
Day 4 Today we set off on an overnight adventure that you will have planned. Making use of the skills that you have learned we will navigate through mountainous terrain to an overnight location. During the evening we will head out and practice navigation in the dark.
Day 5 We return from the hills practicing our navigation and general hill craft to a well earned cuppa. We make sure that all the learning on both Hill and Mountain skills is reviewed and that an action plan is in place for you to develop your skills to achieve your personal ambitions before dispersing.
A detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions.
Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!) A useful text book and the official handbook of the Mountain Training walking scheme is:
Mountain Training handbook – Volume 1. Hillwalking. Steve Long. Mountain Training.
Beyond the Edge courses are normally non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. However, on this course self catering accommodation in Snowdonia is included for night 3 and we are camping on night 4.
There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate (code given on booking) and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm
You require sufficient fitness to spend several days walking in challenging terrain.