Skills learned include: planning, walking skills, weather, navigation in mountains, enviornment and hazards and emergency procedures.
More info on the course and the Mountain Training Association can be found here on the Mountaineering Ireland website.
More information on the individual courses can be found on the 'Book Now' link on the screen.
The Mountain Skills scheme is a personal proficiency award accredited and organized by Mountaineering Ireland; the governing body for hillwalkers & climbers in Ireland. The Mountain Skills Scheme consists of 2 weekend courses out on the hills and then an assessment. A Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for people interested in exploring mountainous terrain and want to develop their confidence in the mountains.
Participants should have some hill walking experience and a reasonable level of fitness.
Topics covered over the weekend on Mountain Skills 1;
- Mountain Hazards
- Personal Equipment
- Mountain Environment
- Responsible Recreation
- Route Planning
- Intro to Compass
- Grid References
Topics covered over the weekend on Mountain Skills 2;
- Compass work
- Compass Bearings; Grid & Magnetic
- Grid, True & Magnetic North
- Navigation Techniques
- Route Planning
- Night Navigation Exercise
- Emergency Procedures
- Moving on Steep Ground
Yes! This course is for anyone who's interested in learning more skills whilst out hiking, gaining confidence and meeting like minded people interested in learning the same skills. A good level of fitness is a must to be able to spend all day out on the hill.
No, We will provide a map & compass for everyone, if you have your own map and/or compass bring it along.
More info on this here https://www.mountaineering.ie/content/MountainSkills/122
Typically the same as what you would carry on a day hike;
Good waterproof boots
Waterproof jacket & trousers
Enough Food, snacks & water for the day
Weather dependent items ie gloves/hat or sun cream and sun hat.
Map & Compass if you have one
Go to https://tworockoutdoor.com/ to see when Kathryn has courses running, in 2024 she will be in Wicklow, Dublin, Mournes & Connemara running Mountain Skills.If you have a group of 4-6 and would like to enquire about putting on a course for you group please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org OR
Check out the Mountaineering Ireland training calendar for a full list of providers,dates & locations; https://www.mountaineering.ie/courses/
More information at https://www.mountaineering.ie/content/MountainSkills/122