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Mountain Training Skills Courses
The new Hill and Mountain Skills Scheme offers two courses certified and approved within the Mountain Training scheme. As Personal Proficiency Training they are designed for aspiring and improving walkers and give an introduction to the essential skills for safe travel in UK wilderness and remote areas. If taken in conjunction with the intensive and assessed National Navigation Award Scheme they are an ideal precursor to any of the leader award schemes and give people a significant leg-up in the learning process. Each Hill and Mountain Skills course has a minimum candidate number of 2 with up to an 8:1 student/tutor ratio, completion of each course is marked by an attendance certificate from Mountain Training.
The Hill Skills course is aimed at the beginner hill walker and ideal for those interested in developing a practical understanding of how to plan walks, become familiar with the use of a map, learn about the equipment required and also gain an understanding of the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of the upland environment. Terrain for Hill Skills is classified as UK upland or moorland, not necessarily but generally considered to be up to around 600m (app 2000ft) asl. The Hill Skills course has a 16 hour contact duration over a weekend.
The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants would have done some basic hill walking previously and have a reasonable level of fitness. Skills in map and compass, mountain weather forecasting, movement through steep ground, planning and preparation, emergency procedures, seasonal effects and the mountain environment all form the syllabus of this course.
Mountain Skills provides additional material particularly covering steep ground and more complex navigation for UK mountain areas, generally over 600m and typical areas include Munros, and Corbetts. There is an 18 hour contact time over one weekend for this course, which includes a short evening session. Some previous outdoor experience is required for this course and as it involves ascending and travelling in our mountain areas a reasonable standard of fitness is required. Successful attendance on a Hill Skill course or equivalent experience with a number of personal consolidation days would be a suitable pre-requisite. This course is intended to be run under 'summer' conditions, meaning that there is no use of winter technical equipment or any specialised winter techniques, even though the weather may well be wintry! Specific winter skills courses can be arranged separately.
Participants need to register with Mountain Training, which can be done via their website http://www.mountain-training.org/. You will then have a Candidate Number and access to the resources and facilities including the Digital Log Book. Courses can be found and booked on-line, though if you send us your candidate number this can be done for you.
NSC Outdoor Adventures makes use of the Angus Glens, Glen Shee, Sidlaw Hills and Forest of Atholl areas for all our training, though we can make arrangements for other areas as necessary. While our training schedule lists what we are offering any of the courses can be scheduled or re-arranged to suit your own requirements.
Training cost for Hill Skills is £100, and for Mountain Skills £110 per person for between 2 and 8 clients. These courses are over 2 days so accommodation will be required. You will need to be equipped for a walking day in the outdoors and appropriately for the predicted weather. Both courses are conducted under 'summer' conditions, but this can include cold weather and snow though no winter skills or equipment are required. In the future a formal Mountain Training winter session to complement these courses may be available. In the mean time we can offer 1 or 2 day non-certificated winter training as an alternative. If you have any queries please drop us an email or give us a call.