Mountain Skills Courses

We offer a range of mountain skills courses in the Lake District and Snowdonia. covering everything from clothing and equipment, the weather, scrambling skills and navigation. We do not schedule these in advance on specific dates, as we prefer to make each one bespoke for you and adapt them to cater for different levels of ability and experience.

Perhaps you are experienced on some of the lower hill ranges in the UK, but want to venture into the higher mountains and are unsure if you are ready for it. Or perhaps you are a total novice to being in the outdoors and know you want to get started but don’t even know what you need to wear. Or maybe you are an experienced mountain walker progressing through the Mountain Leader scheme and want a refresher or someone to test your skills. Whatever your level of mountain walking experience, then one of our bespoke courses could be just what you need.  (Ratio 1:8 max depending on exact activities)

A walker spots her 'Brockenspectre' in the Cairngorms during one of our mountain skills courses

Course Details

Who is the course for?

Mountain skills courses are for anyone and everyone, from the complete novice to the aspiring Mountain Leader.

Where is it held?

We generally run mountain skills courses in the Lake District and Snowdonia, but we also use areas of Scotland, for example GlencoeBen Nevis and the Cairngorms, by arrangement.

How long is the course?

Courses are a minimum of one day in duration, but are often booked as a two-day weekend. We can also run the course for longer periods, perhaps separated by a few days to give time for you to reflect and practice, or in one intensive burst, such as a 5-day week long course.

What does the course cover?

This course is completely bespoke. We will discuss your current experience and aspirations in some detail, and identify what would be the most useful skills to help you progress towards your personal goals. Together, we will then devise a plan to address those aspects.

What equipment is included?

You will need to provide: warm clothing including a waterproof jacket; walking boots; and a rucksack of about 30 litres.

We will provide any technical equipment, such as ropes, should they be required.

We will discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What  does it cost?

Prices for one day start at £160 for one person; £180 for two people (i.e. £90 per person); etc. From the 4th day, a discounted rate will apply.