2-day MOUNTAIN SKILLS courses LAKE DISTRICT
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Our Mountain Skills courses are personal skills courses, accredited by Mountain Training, that will give you the skills and confidence to plan and follow your own walks across the Lakeland fells and mountains.
This course is designed for walkers who want to move their walking from valleys and hills to the fells and mountains.
DO YOU WANT TO…?
- Learn new outdoor skills
- Be more confident in the hills and mountains
- Learn navigation skills, strategies & decision making
- Plan your own walks and not rely on others
- Deal with steep, rocky and/or broken ground
- Understand and visualise contours
- Stay safe on the hills and mountains
- Know what to do if the mist comes down
- Increase your enjoyment of the mountains
- Leave feeling inspired and ready to do more!
See photos from previous courses
Walking in the mountains is a rewarding and exhilarating experience. To stay safe and enjoy your time out on the fells you need some key skills and knowledge to guide you on your way.
From clothing and kit, to mountain weather and route planning we’ll show you how to prepare for your mountain day. From map skills and navigation strategies to relocation and dealing with steep ground, we’ll show you how to safely follow routes across the fells and mountains.
ABOUT THE COURSE
- Introduction to the key skills you need to enhance your enjoyment of the UK hills and mountains
- Practically based within small groups (max. 8 per tutor)
- 2 full mountain days in the heart of the Lake District
On both days, we will walk classic Lakeland routes whilst looking at various skills along the way at appropriate opportunities. The course will include route planning and preparation, weather and seasonal effects, map and compass skills, navigation in the hills and mountains, walking skills, dealing with steep ground, clothing & equipment, environmental knowledge, hazards and emergency procedures.
8 Video Tutorials – unlimited access to our online video tutorials. Watching these videos before the course will allow us more practical time outdoors.
- Weather Forecasts & Conditions
- Route Planning (maps & digital)
- Essential Kit & Looking after Yourself
- Understanding OS Maps & Symbols
- Practical Map Reading
- Navigation Strategies
- Understanding Contours
- How & when to use a Compass
Pre-course Online Webinar (1 hour) with Mark Reid
During this 1 hour webinar, we will discuss learning objectives, course syllabus, weather forecasts, route planning and essential kit. Your Mountain Skills course notes will also be emailed to you. This webinar will take place via Zoom, which is free and easy to use.
Mountain Training Mountain Skills Handbook
Please read through the Mountain Skills Course Handbook
9:30am: Meet at a village car park in the Lake District (with facilities).
9:30am – 4:30pm: Full day’s walk in the Lake District with Mark Reid. We usually walk between 6 and 10 miles over the course of the day, with plenty of rest stops and time to practice skills and ask questions.
4:30pm – 5pm: De-brief back at the village
Evening: Route planning exercise for the next day
9:30am – 4:30pm: Full day’s fantastic walk in the Lake District, where each person navigates a section of the route they planned the night before, shadowed by Mark Reid (we usually walk slightly further on the second day and cover around 8 to 12 miles, although this is tailored for each group).
4:30pm – 5pm: Course feedback then head home.
NB: This course doesn’t include climbing but may include steep ground and Grade 1 scrambling.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 24,000 miles of footpaths over the past 24 years, and has taken over 13,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
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IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE?
The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants will have done some hill walking previously in areas such as the Yorkshire Dales or Peak District, or already enjoy fellwalking in the Lake District and want to improve their skiills. A good level of fitness is required as we will be walking up mountains. This course is not suitable for novices.
If you are a novice walker, please attend our NNAS Bronze Award.
MOUNTAIN TRAINING - info & registration
This course is accredited to Mountain Training (MT). Once you’ve booked onto the course then we’ll register you with MT (free of charge).
Once registered, you will have:
- Access to the Mountain Training Digital Logbook (DLOG)
- A copy of the ‘Safety on Mountains’ book *
- Timing card *
- Certificate of attendance upon completion *
- Access to technical advice from Mountain Training
* Given out on the course.
Mountain Training website
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants will have done some hill walking previously in areas such as the Yorkshire Dales or Peak District, or already enjoy fellwalking in the Lake District and wish to improve their skills. This course is not suitable for novice walkers.
- All walks are tailored specifically for each group according to your needs, aspirations, experience and average fitness levels. However, a good level of fitness is required as we will be walking across hills, fells and mountans.
- We usually cover between 6 and 12 miles over the course of each day (around 7 hours of walking), with plenty of rest stops to learn new skills. The terrain we will be walking across will include uneven ground, rough and rocky terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, moorland, hills, fells and mountains (including summits), tracks and lanes, as well as a number of steep ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. The course will include some scrambling across rocks (max. Grade 1).
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our guides are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 12,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimise potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our courses are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the activity by their parent/legal guardian.
- TeamWalking is an Approved Provider of the Mountain Training ‘Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme.
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