Get the skillz. Get the Hill and Mountain Skills!

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 05/02/2014
The Glyderau, N Wales. Credit: Alex Messenger

This spring Mountain Training launch their Hill & Mountain Skills courses, the perfect way to receive top training for those days in the hills.

Who’s it for?
Anyone aged 14 or over. Hill Skills is for beginner hill walkers and Mountain Skills is for those with some experience of countryside walking. If you’d like to walk more often but can’t read a map or are too scared to venture onto steeper terrain, these courses are for you.

What’s it all about?
Hill Skills: A practical understanding of how to plan walks, become familiar with the use of a map and learn about the equipment required. You will also gain an understanding of the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies a valuable insight into the upland environment.

Mountain Skills: Skills in map and compass, mountain weather forecasting, movement through steep ground, planning and preparation, emergency procedures, seasonal effects and the mountain environment are all part of the syllabus.

The scheme has been designed to teach novices about the hill or mountain environment and how to enjoy it in their own time.

How does it work?
From 1 April, register for the scheme on Mountain Training's website and receive a copy of the BMC's Safety on Mountains book. You can book on a course from 1 April when the scheme is launched. 

It’s that simple. And once you’ve registered, you can attend either or both courses.

The Hill Skills course can also be used as a stepping stone to the new Lowland Leader award which is being launched on 1st April.

Where is it useful?
It has been designed for use anywhere in the UK and Ireland depending on which course you attend.

Why?
Because the freedom and independence that comes with knowing how to look after yourself in the hills and mountains is priceless.
 

WATCH Hill Skills - learn and explore on BMC TV:

WATCH Mountain Skills on BMC TV:

This article is part of a series of articles celebrating Mountain Training’s 50th anniversary year in 2014.



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05/02/2014
ive just tried register and the price is coming up at over £920 .Is this correct as it previously said £29
06/02/2014
Hi, great to hear you're interested in the scheme!

The Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme was created on our system in advance so that we could do some necessary 'behind the scenes' admin prior to launching the course. We set the cost so high to deter people from registering before everything is ready.

From 1st April you will be able to register for £20 (or £17 if you're under 18). This does not prevent you from booking a course if dates become available prior to 1st April, as long as you are registered before the course actually starts. Dates for courses will be listed on our website http://www.mountain-training.org/find/find-a-course - at the moment there are no courses listed but this will probably change over the next few weeks.

Good luck with the scheme and get in touch if you have any further questions: 01690 720272

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