3 Day Mountain Skills Course in Snowdonia Cost £260pp

This is one of our most popular courses.
It’s a 3 day mountain experience with the professional instruction of essential foundation skills for all who love the hills and mountains.

Over the 3 days we cover: Navigation with map and compass, GPS & Altimeter as well as basic weather forecasting & synoptic charts, plenty of hiking, a bit of scrambling, river crossing strategies, basic planning skills for multi day hikes and wild camping.

Oh and one last thing, You will have 3 great great days in the mountains of Snowdonia as we show you some of our favourite places off the beaten path!

2019 Dates

April 8th – 10th
May 13th – 15th
June 10th – 12th
July 1st – 3rd
August 12th – 14th
September 2nd – 4th
October 14th – 16th
November 4th – 6th
December 2nd – 4th

Where is the course? Who is it suitable for? What do I need?

Where?

We use a variety of the quite location in north Wales, but initially we meet in Capel Curig in the North of the Snowdonia National Park.

Google meeting point map Capel Curig

Who is this course suitable for?

This courses are suitable for all abilities but it does help if you already have some hill or mountain hiking experience.

What kit do I need?

You will need clothing and footwear suitable for the weather that can be encountered in hills and mountains at the time of your course.
You should also have a packed lunch and drinks in addition to your normal hill kit.

During the course we use map number OL 17 Snowdonia in 1:25,000 scale, you should also have a working compass and we highly recommend the Siva Type 4/54 as the industry standard compass.
A pen, pencil and note book may be useful.

We have teamed up with the award winning online outdoor retailer Above and Beyond to offer our customers 15% Off their full portfolio of products (terms apply). They have an extensive range of navigational kit including handheld GPS and compasses from top brands including Garmin, Stmap, SIlva, Brunton and Suunto, as well as having one of the largest selection of OS maps available at great discounts.

To Redeem your discount for maps, compasses and GPS for our courses, simply type in this code at checkout – SNOWDONIA15

Course Ratios

Maximum ratio’s during the course are 6 clients to 1 instructor

What will I learn?

By the end of the 3 days with us you will experienced some of the wilder and quieter parts of Snowdonia and will have a great set of skills in your mountaineering tool box that will stay with you forever and help you to explore the hills and mountains of the world in a self sufficient and safe way.

You will receive first class coaching and instruction from qualified mountaineers who have great teaching skills is provided during the course but you will need your own accommodation and packed lunches/drinks during the 3 days.

All of our instructors have a very broad range of experiences and most have been to the Greater Ranges and Europe so they will be able to answer questions and give you advice on some very specific topics if needed, But most of all you can draw on their knowledge and experience to help you to become a better all round hill or mountain walker.

All days are mountain days and as such we will be traveling in to some of the more remote parts to get away from the crowds.

Over the 3 days we will cover a wide range of skills and related topics. One of the main elements will be mountain navigation and route choice.This will primarily be using map and compass but we will also look at GPS and altimetre use as navigational aids..

Other topics covered are a basic appraisal of the mountain weather forecast as well as how to interpret what they actually mean including synoptic weather charts, cloud types and what they mean plus a good level of awareness of how the weather can change during your mountain day. We will also look at choice of mountain area or hill ranges and hill walking equipment including the pro’s and con’s of the various clothing and footwear available today. The choices and types of food available when wild camping will also be looked at, including the fine balance of proteins and carbohydrates in your hill food diet.

As always these courses are tailored to your personal needs, In the past we have tailored these courses for people traveling to higher altitudes on trekking peaks around the world so that they would have an appraisal of the fitness level and also to learn how to travel a little safer at altitude. We have even taught people how to use walking poles correctly, this is something the vast majority of walkers don’t know!