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Hill & Mountain Skills - Mountain Training

Saturday, 19 October '24   2 days
Honister, Honister Pass, Keswick, CA12 5XN
16 years and over
6 spaces available


A 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. Day 1 will be an extended day so that we can either walk into darkness or have an additional teaching session on other elements of the course syllabus.

On day 1, we will meet Honister Slate Mine and use the cafe for meetings, briefings and course background before we head out onto the hill to cover the navigation elements of the syllabus around the Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike area.

Day 2 will meet in Seathwaite, ready for an adventure day towards the mountains of Great End and Great Gable, looking at moving onto some steeper and rockier terrain as we ascend towards a mountain summit high above Borrowdale.

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.
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.

Level: Intermediate, Beginner


Basic hill walking experience 
A higher level of fitness is required from the Hill Skills course, as we will access higher mountain areas and be out for longer 

Our Hill & Mountain skills courses are accredited by Mountain Training.  
If you wish to receive accreditation for this course, we will register you on the scheme with Mountain Training and create an account for you

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing (warm and waterproof where possible) and suitable mountain footwear (boots)
A good rucksack to carry everything you need for the day is advisable
Lunch, snacks and water for a full day



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Mountain Skills


Honister Pass
CA12 5XN

Please meet your instructor at this location
Sam drives a Grey Skoda Estate: MH68 TFA
Please come over to the vehicle and say hello; we will do briefings and course introductions in the cafe


  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Baby changing