Summer Mountain Skills Week
Learn the fundamental skills for moving over hills and mountains in this five day fun packed course. Its essentially a foundation for a lifetime of action packed and inspiring adventures in the hills.
Highly qualified and experienced instructors, guide your learning throughout the mountain skills week, so you come away confident to undertake your own adventures.
Who is it for ?
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.
Summer Mountain Skills – Course Overview
We start with a couple of days walking for basic navigation and mountain skills before getting a little steeper and learning the basics of scrambling on some classic mountain scrambles in North Wales.
On successful completion of the course you can choose to receive the Mountain Training Mountain Skills or NNAS Silver navigation awards.
Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of training courses for hills and mountains and 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.
Summer Mountain Skills – Course Format
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 and learning how to look after ourselves in the uplands. After two days of covering the basics we venture onto longer walks and easy scrambles to explore the best of the mountains of Snowdonia.
A normal day is from 09:00 to 16:30 ish
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 navigation and general mountain skills on a short day journey.
Day 3 After discussions about the weather, we make a plan that will involve putting all the skills we have learnt on a longer day journey that may include some scrambling.
Day 4 Equipped with the basic skills for the mountains we 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 5 We use all the skills we have learnt and undertake a longer mountain scramble making the most of what Snowdonia has to offer. On completion, we make sure that all the learning for 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.
- Location: Snowdonia
- Cost: £395
- Duration: 5 days
- Ratio: 1:8
- Level: Introduction
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.
The course will meet at 09:00 in Capel Curig in Snowdonia
You need hill walking equipment sufficient to enjoy five days in the mountains. Good waterproofs and robust boots are essential.
A full kit list including some recommendations are contained in the joining instructions which we send you after you have booked.
You require sufficient fitness to spend several days walking in challenging terrain.
Beyond the Edge courses are normally non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require.
Accommodation options are listed on our Accommodation page.
How do I book ?
The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking and pay the deposit.
For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.
Does the course include accommodation ?
Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.
A range of accommodation options can be found on our accommodation page.
For bespoke courses and events we can arrange whatever you desire from a bivouac under the stars to a spa hotel.
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