Hill and Mountain Skills

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Hill Skills and Mountain Skills 


Mountain-Skills-029Mountain 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 9 Hill Skills and 13 Mountain Skills courses, and trained a total of 106 candidates.



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 14 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

Course Location Price Updates Closing date for bookings
25-26 May 2019 Mountain Skills Ambleside, Lake District


This course is only £75 per person if booked before February 1st + the Mountain Training registration fee of £10 (12-24 years old) or £20 (25 years and over).

Your course tutor Joanna Chitty has extensive natural history and field studies teaching experience. A qualified Mountain Leader since 2016 she is enthusiastic about encouraging people to explore the mountains of Great Britain. 6 May

17-18 August 2019

Mountain Skills Ambleside, Lake District £99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £10 (12-24 years old) or £20 (25 years and over). Your course tutor Clive Nutton has over 20 years experience as a mountaineer and outdoor educationalist. A keen naturalist he will regale you with stories and information about the natural world. 31 July.

We are also able to run Mountain skills courses for groups on dates to suit you.

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Hill Skills

Mountain-Skills-038The Hill Skills course is aimed at the beginner 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 over the age of 14.



Hill Skills Dates

Course Location Price Update Closing date for bookings
22-23 June 2019 Hill Skills

Edale, Peak District

£99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £10 (12-24 years old) or £20 (25 years and over).

Your course tutor Dave Lyons MSc Biodiversity and Conservation is a keen mountaineer with over 10 years experience working in the mountains of Britain and Europe. Dave is passionate about upland land management, peat bogs and human impacts on the natural world. 11 June

As well as the date above we are able to run Hill Skills courses for established groups on dates to suit you.


Before attending these courses you will need to register with Mountain Training (this costs £10 for under 18's and £20 for those 18 years old and over).


More information is available from our Hill and Mountain Skills web site.

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Mountain Skills Feedback

For a solo hiker used to their own company  I was pleased to find I was made welcome by the instructor and the group even though my pace over steep ground was slower than the rest of the group. Normally I would avoid group things like this course but I left thinking maybe I would do another more advanced navigation course. 

Neville Ryan


Great time with Andy good to get some feed back before going for my ML thanks a million, Really relaxed and easy going which made everyone feel comfortable … Will be recommending 

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Lupine Adventure Co-operative Ltd is registered with The Adventure Activities Licensing Service as licensed to provide specified activities under the following headings:

  • Rock Climbing.
  • Abseiling.
  • Orienteering.
  • Hill Walking & Mountaineering.

To find out more about the Adventure Activities Licensing Service visit their website