Mountain Training (the National Governing Body of mountain leadership and instructing in the UK) administer and quality control 2 courses called Hill Skills and Mountain Skills. These courses are 'personal proficiency' courses, designed to equip participants with the skills needed to pursue their own hill and mountain walking. 

Lupine Adventure Co-op has delivered these courses since their launch in 2014. In this time we have run  29 courses, and trained 141 successful candidates. Some of these have been open courses and some have been for schools and university societies. We have also recently started to work in association with Black Dog Adventures CIC in offering Hill Skills courses for people who struggle with mental health challenges.

Mountain Skills

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. The syllabus covers map and compass work, mountain weather forecasting, movement through steep ground, planning and preparation, emergency procedures, seasonal effects and the mountain environment. The course is run over 2 days in the main high mountain areas of the UK and Ireland. The minimum age for participants is 12 and there is no need to have extensive mountain walking experience. This course could be ideal to some as a precursor to taking the Mountain Leader Award.

Mountain Skills Dates

Date: We do not currently have a Mountain Skills course scheduled.
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We are able to run Mountain Skills courses for groups on dates to suit you. Please contact us for a quote.

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Hill Skills

Mountain-Skills-038The Hill Skills course is aimed at the novice hill walker. The syllabus covers the planning of walks, the use of a map, the equipment required, the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of the upland environment. This course takes place in countryside and moorland areas where the skills will be transferable to many popular walking areas of the UK and Ireland. Again the course is 2 days long and is open to anyone aged 12 and over.


Hill Skills Dates

Date: 3 - 4th October
Location: Edale, Peak District.
Price: £60 + the Mountain Training registration fee of £20 for 18 years and over, Mountain Training registration is free for 12-17 year olds.
Bookings Close: This event is cancelled.
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This course is being run in partnership with Black Dog Outdoors CIC and is being subsidised by Mountain Training. It is aimed at supporting people who have experienced mental health challenges. We aim to provide a supportive atmosphere and to enable people to gain nthe benefits of outdoor exercise.

Your course tutor Ian Winterburn lives in the Peak District, is a keen and experienced fell runner, and is a member of a local Mountain Rescue team.

This event is cancelled.


As well as the date above we are able to run Hill Skills courses for groups on dates to suit you, Please contact us for a quote.

Before attending these courses you will need to register with Mountain Training  (£20 for those 18 years old and over, 12-17 year olds FREE).

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