Expedition Skills Module

The Expedition Skills Module complements both the Lowland Leader and Hill and Moorland Leader awards and is a combined training and assessment course covering the skills needed by leaders to supervise wild camping and provide remote supervision to groups. It is the perfect accompaniment for leaders supervising Duke of Edinburgh or Ten Tors groups.

Beyond the Edge believe in learning by doing so we camp out overnight. Our training courses are not only highly informative but also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of people returning for other courses.

Course Format

The Expedition Skills Module is largely practical in nature although we undertake several theoretical exercises. In outline:
Day 1

  • Introduction to the course
  • Selection and pitching of tents
  • Sleeping equipment
  • Stoves and their safety
  • Camping equipment, selection appropriate to use, packing and carrying
  • Nutrition and hydration in camp and on the move
  • Expedition planning, training, leadership and remote supervision
  • Overnight camp

Day 2

  • Teaching navigation
  • Remote supervision pitfalls and problem avoidance

We finish the day at about 1400 with individual feedback and discuss your personal action plan.

Registration with Mountain Training

This is relatively straightforward and can be completed online at:
Here you can also find short videos explaining the award and other useful resources.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £145 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:6
Select course date

More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

    If there are four or more of you that want training, or you would like some different dates or a specific location, please contact the office and we will arrange something to suit your diary.

  • Meeting Point

    The Expedition Skills Module will meet at 1000 at The Sir William hotel in Grindleford in the Hope valley. Grindleford has good bus and train links to Sheffield and a good train link to Manchester.

  • Equipment Required

    You will need to bring all the clothing and equipment you need to camp and lead a group for multiple consecutive days on the hill including a waterproofed map of the area and a compass. Robust footwear and high quality waterproofs are absolutely essential.

    Full details and joining instructions will be sent to you on booking.

  • Recommended Reading

    We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Expedition Skills Module Joining Instructions.

    The Expedition Skills Module Handbook contains all the details of the syllabus, the remit of the award and a skills check list.
    The official handbook Mountain Training’s walking schemes is:
    Mountain Training handbook – Volume 1. Hillwalking. Steve Long. Mountain Training.

  • Eligibility

    In order to attend a Expedition Skills Module you must meet the following requirements:

    1. Be registered specifically for the Expedition Skills Module with Mountain Training.
    2. Have passed a walking leader assessment (Lowland, Hill and Moorland or Mountain).
    3. Have logged an absolute minimum of 10 overnight camps.
    4. Have assisted with at least two group camps (these can be included in your 10 personal camps)
  • Accommodation Options

    Normally our courses are non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. For this course, its all about your own portable home so we provide the campsite and you provide the tent.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £145 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:6
Select course date

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