Mountain Training Mountain Skills

Mountain Training Mountain Skills

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Mountain Water Expeditions Mountain Training

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Mountain Training – Mountain Skills

The Hill & Mountain Skills scheme is designed to provide progressive learning opportunities for new hill walkers. 

The scheme includes;

  • Hill Skills Course
  • Mountain Skills Course

Before you can attend a Mountain Skills course you need to register on the Hill & Mountain Skills scheme. 

Registration is free for 12-17 year olds and £20 for adults and it gives you access to both the Hill Skills and Mountain Skills courses. To register, create an account on our  candidate management system or log in if you already have one. 


Our Mountain Skills course will start with an opportunity to meet the other people on the course and take part in a short planning session with the course tutor. After that you will be out in the mountains, moving away from marked paths and into steeper, rockier terrain in order to learn about the differences in weather, navigation and managing risk in the mountain environment. 

The physical effort required on these days will be more demanding than the Hill Skills course and you can expect to be out in the mountains for between 5-6 hours. In addition, we will run an evening session that can either be a walk into darkness or an additional teaching session on other elements of the course syllabus.

Course Content:

Planning – how to successfully plan a walk in the mountains in the UK or Ireland 

Walking skills – what things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills, steep ground etc.)

Clothing and equipment – being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster

Weather – how it affects the mountains and your day out

Navigation in the mountains – everything from selecting a compass and using a map to navigation in poor visibility and an intro to GPS

Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill, information on good practice and useful organisations

Hazards and emergency procedures in the mountains – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency


This course is non-residential.

Meeting Place


Course Dates

Mountain Skills Date[s]Course/ActivityLocationPriceBook Now
Dates to be confirmedMountain SkillsSnowdonia – North Wales£145MWE-CTA-ENQUIRE

Working minimum is two course participants to run this course.

We are also happy to run bespoke courses for groups at an agreed location & time. Please contact us to discuss your group needs further.

Other dates are available on request for group bookings please email to discuss your needs.

What we include in our course:

The price of the course includes; 

  • Coaching and guiding from experienced and helpful coaches
  • A single point of contact at Mountain Water Expeditions to provide you with consistent support throughout your experience.
  • Pre course information pack with lots of helpful advice, kit lists etc 
  • Maps
  • The use of a compass for the duration of the course

What we do not include

  • Transport to and from the starting point
  • Personal kit and accident insurance
  • Items of personal walking kit
  • Any fees payable to Mountain Training for the award
  • Food or drink


Alan Pinnington 

If you have any questions or require more information on our Course costs and available dates, please contact us