Mountain Skills Week
£395 per person
Learn the fundamental skills of 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.
We start with some basic navigation and mountain skills before 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 and / or 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 12 – Fri 16 Apr
Wed 19 – Sun 23 May
Sat 12 – Wed 16 June
Mon 5 – Fri 9 July
Wed 11 – Sun 15 Aug
Mon 6 – Fri 10 Sept
Wed 6 – Sun 10 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.
The course will meet at 09:00 in Capel Curig in Snowdonia
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.
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.
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. Accommodation options are listed on our Accommodation page.
You require sufficient fitness to spend several days walking in challenging terrain.