beginners hill walking navigation course in north wales
The Hill Skills course is aimed at the beginner hill walker and ideal for those interested in developing their navigation skills and awareness in the hills.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE COVER?
These 2 days will open up the world of hill walking to you, it will be a practical two days looking at what you should consider prior to heading out, what type of navigational skills are appropriate, when to use them and perhaps the most important crucial part, how to keep yourself safe.
Day 1 & 2
Over the course we will look at:
Weather and route planning - what sort of planning tools are ideal to use
Introduction to different map scales
Planning and following a route using paths and other key features
Estimating distances using pacing and timing
How to use the compass
Methods of relocating if a little confused!
Hazards and emergency procedures - applying a bit of common sense to the hillside and knowing what to do if things don’t quite work out
Appropriate hill walking equipment
This course will follow the full syllabus of the Mountain Training Hills Skills and If you wish to receive a certificate of attendance on this course you will need to register in advance with Mountain Training.
Registration costs £20 and includes
Access to the Mountain Training Digital Logbook
A copy of the "Safety on Mountains" Handbook
Certificate of attendance
Access to technical advice from MTUK
WHO IS MOUNTAIN TRAINING?
Mountain Training's aim is to educate and train people in climbing, walking and mountaineering. They have developed a range of Nationally recognised mountain leadership, instruction and coaching awards, as well as skill courses.
The Hill Skills course is your key to getting started in countryside and moorland walking. There is no experience of hill walking required to attend a Hill Skills course because the content of the course is aimed at beginners. If you do have some experience of hill walking but aren’t confident about planning walks, navigating and understanding the equipment required, then the Hill Skills course is an ideal way to learn.
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS
One registration gives you access to all four courses.
To be eligible to attend any accredited Hill Skills course, you must register with Mountain Training, (candidates in Ireland can also register directly with Mountaineering Ireland).
Registration is free for under 18s and £20 for adults. This fee contributes towards the administration and quality assurance of the Hill Skills Scheme, gives you access to DLOG (a digital logbook for recording your activities) and material to help you develop as a rock climber.
For full details and how to register click here.
HOW TO BOOK
Complete the online booking form and pay a deposit
Make sure you check out the terms and conditions
Full payment details are on the booking form
You will receive confirmation of your booking, payment received and final details.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
All instruction by a approved Mountain Training provider
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
You will need to complete a booking form and full payment will need to be made at the time of booking.
If you have other questions that you haven’t been able to find the answer to on my website, then just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE CAN I STAY?
There is a full range of accommodation options in Snowdonia to suit every budget and taste. The ones suggested below operate independently from Paul Poole Mountaineering.
ST CURIGS CHURCH
GUEST HOUSE / INN
GWESTY PLAS COCH
TYN Y COED
DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?
No, apart from being a keen hill walker and having a reasonable level of fitness, which will help you get the most out of the course.
WHO WILL RUN MY COURSE?
All courses are run by myself, occasionally if I have to use another Instructor then I will inform you of that. I don’t use instructors unknown to me or who aren’t close friends. The small team that I use are equally as qualified, experienced and keen to share their enthusiasm of the mountains in a relaxed and safe manner.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Your personal hill kit, a 1,25:000 OS scale map of Snowdonia and a compass. I will send you a detailed kit list once you confirm your place.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
All my courses are run in Snowdonia from Llanberis or Capel Curig.I will confirm the time and place when you reserve your place.