Being in the great outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. Especially if you have planned your own route and have confidence in your map reading skills. With these tools, you are free to explore some of the most spectacular places that the UK has to offer. Safe in the knowledge that you know exactly where you are.

The Mountain Skills course from Mountain training is the ideal course for those wanting to improve their personal skills. Gaining independence and confidence is the key to enjoying all of Britians Mountains. A great alternative to this course if you have done some walking before is to head to the Mountaineering introduction page where you can learn the skill to be able to head to mountain and seek out rock climbing. 


Location: Ambleside / Keswick, Lake District

Cost: £115

Duration:  2 Days

Ratio: 1:6

What does a Mountain Skills Course Cover?

  • Planning, how to successfully plan a walk in the mountains.
  • Walking skills, what things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills, steep ground etc.).
  • Clothing and equipment, being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster.
  • Weather, how it affects the mountains and your day out.
  • Navigation in the mountains, everything from selecting a compass and using a map to navigate in poor visibility and an intro to GPS.
  • Environmental knowledge, how to minimise your impact on the hill, information on good practice and useful organisations.

Hazards and emergency procedures in the mountains, how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency

After spending a day lost in the mountains my partner convinced me to do a navigation course. I won’t lie I was very septical about it but booked with Jack to keep my wife happy! What I got was an incredibly inciteful and hands-on experience with small groups and engaging way to teach I literally went from zero to hero. Jack was more than happy to spend the time with at the end of the day and run through some things I didn’t get and I really appreciated that.I think that everyone got so much more out of the course than learning to map read.

Thanks Jack for a great course.

Joe Blake



Please either select a chosen skills course from those listed below by entering your preferred dates into the date picker or complete the contact form below to begin the booking process for your chosen course. A member of Mountain Adventure team will contact you once received to confirm and complete the booking process with you.

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This great Mountain skills Course is aimed at those who already have some mountain navigation experience or are wanting to learn the skills to be able to venture out on the mountains a little more.

During the 2 days we will cover the core fundamentals of mountain navigation as looking at aspects of mountain safety. This is very much a hands on course with maximum time being spend on the fells. We keep our group sizes to a max of 6 to ensure that everyone gets as much out of their instructor as possible.

Day 1: We will meet at a prearranged venue where we’ll go through the out line of the next two days and cover some of the basics (over a brew of course!) From there we will be heading onto the mountains for the rest of the day learning the skills in an open and hands on way.

Day 2: We start the day at the same location we met on day 1, after a quick refresher we will be heading straight out to put all the skills we learned yesterday into practice, this will generally involve the ascent of a peak. All while we will spend time developing your confidence and your own ability to navigate in a mountain environment.



  • Enough clothes to keep warm and dry in all weathers
  • Waterproofs
  • Lunch and something to drink
  • Suitable footwear
  • Map and compass
  • Note book and pen
  • Walking poles (optional)

The course fee includes full instruction from a qualified and experienced Mountain leader. We can also provide maps and compasses if you need one.



This course is aimed at people who have never picked up a map and compass before or would like to refresh and learn a few new skills.


So you’ve brushed up on your mountain navigation and are now looking to step it up a notch – Did you know that being able to navigate at night or in poor weather is just as important as being able to navigate in the day time ? With our night mountain navigation course we will help you to be more confident at heading into the mountains in the dark. Alternatively why not look at our 3 days course and learn the skills to head out in the mountains on multi day journeys and camp out.

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