To the inexperienced, the mountains can be a daunting place with their sheer drops, steep slopes, raging rivers and changeable weather. This course will teach you how to recognise problems and dangers before they affect you and how to cope with them should you still encounter them. We will introduce you to basic mountain navigation, steep ground tactics, how to recognise changes in the weather, basic mountain first aid and what to do when things have gone badly wrong. After this course you will be well equipped for your very own mountain adventure.
Upcoming open sessions:
None at this time
You should have recent hill walking experience and have a basic understanding of navigation. You should be reasonably sure-footed as a large proportion of the course is spent in complex and steep terrain.
What will you learn?
- Recognising hazards and avoiding them
- Planning a good day out in the mountains
- Keeping you and your friends safe
- Basic mountain navigation
- Basic mountain weather
- Steep ground and basic scrambling
- Mountain wildlife and flora
- Basic first aid and emergency procedures
What can you expect?
On day one your instructor will meet you in a popular walking car park for introductions and to plan the day ahead. Usually this day is spent looking at route planning, navigation and covering steep ground. Depending on the levels of experience in the group this may change at the discretion of your instructor. During this mountain journey you will be faced with, discuss and tackle a number of hazards that are typical of the British mountains under the watchful eye of your instructor. Over lunch you will be discussing weather forecasts and how to spot changes on the day. The day continues with more steep ground and other hazard work before returning back to the start for a debrief and a short planning session for the following day.
Day two will usually involve a more realistic mountain journey as opposed to the "hazard finding" day one. During the journey, you will implement the strategies and skills you have acquired on day one and work together as a group. Usually day two will involve a summit or two and breaks will be taken up discussing emergency procedures, basic first aid and other mountain related topics. Your instructor will share their extensive knowledge of the upland environment with you, aiming to open your eyes to the small details and beauties that nature places in our tracks. After you return to the start your instructor will provide you with honest feedback on your skill level and recommend further training or experiences that may suit you. This is not intended to be a sales pitch, rather an opportunity for you to have your skills validated by an experienced Mountain Leader.
What do you need to bring?
You will need standard outdoor gear including warm layers, waterproofs and sturdy boots. We will be providing all necessary safety equipment and ropes to practice with.