Project Description

Mountain Skills Navigation Course

This Mountain Skills Navigation Course is ideal for anyone that wants to be self sufficient in the mountains of the UK and is based in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Price: £135 per person
Ratio: 1:6
Length: 2 days

Mountain Skills Navigation Course

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is ideal for anyone looking to apply countryside walking skills to a mountain environment. Whether you are a hill walker who wants to be able to head out in all weathers, considering enrolling on the Mountain Leader scheme or a climber who wants to be able to navigate from the top of the route back down to the pub in the dark the skills are the same. If you have existing navigation skills we will be able to build on these over the two days, if you have none we will give you some! The course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18, there is no maximum age and we regularly get a mixture of ages and experience and are used to tailoring the course to meet the needs of a varied group of people.

What does the mountain skills navigation course cover?

– Two full days of practical navigation in the mountains of Snowdonia
-Planning a route using maps and guidebooks
– Clothing and equipment overview and selection
– Introduction to different map scales
– How to set the map
– How to interpret contours
– How to interpret key symbols ie how to find a footpath, fence, stream etc
– How to plan and follow a route using paths and other key features
– How to plan and follow a route off the path
– How to estimate distance using pacing and timing
– How to navigate in poor or limited visibility
– How to use the compass
– How to re-orientate yourself if you do get lost
– Movement over steep gound (this is not a scrambling course but will give a gentle introduction)
– Mountain weather – how the weather affects our route planning and choice during the day
– Emergency procedures in case of an incident
– Choice and use of equipment including an element of use of GPS (I will demonstrate the role that GPS plays for me in my own navigation and we will look at the advantages and limitations of GPS units. You don’t need a GPS unit but I will happily answer questions about yours if you bring it along.)
– Environmental knowledge and considerations

Mountain Skills Navigation Course

What are the MTUK Mountain Skills Courses?

The Mountain Skills Navigation course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment.

If you wish to receive a certificate of attendance on this course you need to register in advance with MTUK.

Registration Cost:
Cost: £20 per person

Registration cost includes:
Access to the Mountain Training Digital Logbook
A copy of the ‘Safety on Mountains’ handbook
Certificate of attendance this course
Access to technical advice from Mountain Training

You can join this course without registering with MTUK if you are happy to gain the experience of the course without the certificate of attendance, logbook and handbook. The registration is quick, easy and amazingly good value though. You can join our course in Wales whether you are registered with Mountain Training in England, Wales or Scotland.

What makes our courses different?

My courses are based on many years of practical experience in the mountains as a walker, mountaineer, climber and member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team. I use a map and compass in all weathers, day and night most days of the year around the world. Having gone all the way through the UK qualification system I have been assessed to the highest level and have spent a great deal of time looking at the skills involved in teaching what can be a complex subject. I also really enjoy the freedom of being able to navigate in the mountains and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to pass that freedom on. My courses are progressive, relaxed and will equip you with the skills that you need to be self sufficent in the mountains, whatever the visibility.

Where is the course held?

We run the course in Snowdonia and generally spend one day looking at micro navigation on the lower slopes before completing a mountain journey on the second day. We have the right to roam in Snowdonia and so are not restricted to staying on footpaths and this helps develop our map to ground reading skills.

Who runs the course?

The courses are run by myself and fellow instructor Huw. We both hold I hold the MIC qualifications (the highest instructional qualification in the UK) and have many years of practical experience of working with a wide range of clients. We also have a number of coaching qualifications between us and are approved providers and tutors for Mountain Training UK’s Mountain Skils and Hill Skills Awards. On top of that we share a firm belief in learning by doing and in having fun in the process! You can read more about our qualifications and experience here.

Whats included?

The course fee includes instruction and the use of any specialist equipment. You can read our “whats included” and kit list page here.

What about accommodation & transport?

We do not include accommodation with this course. For a variety of different accommodation options in Snowdonia, from camping to nice hotels, visit this link. The link also shows road and rail travel options to Snowdonia.

Meeting Place & Time

Once you book we will send you a comprehensive set of course notes and a letter of confirmation, this will include a detailed kit list and details of where and when we meet. The course provides two full days out in the mountains which may be supplemented by a lecture at the end of the first day if the weather means we have had to come off the mountains early.

We meet each day in Capel Curig and the course starts at 9:00am on the first day and concludes by about 4:00pm on the second day.

When does this course run?

You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page.

Other Questions

If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

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To book this course please choose a date from the diary page and then click on the button below to complete our booking form and make payment via Paypal. We require full payment to secure your course space.

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Hi Rob

Just to let you know I had a great weekend on the Mountain Skills Navigation course with Tarquin. He listened to what we all wanted to get out of the weekend and then delievered. I am not a natural when it comes to these things and he patiently persevered in explaining things to me, sometimes several times, which I really appreciated. Of course he knows his stuff but the skill is in its delivery to a group of strangers whereby everyones needs are taken into account. His (mostly!) easy nature allowed the group to gel and develop a good comradery for the short time we were together and to have fun. He negotiated well to get a balance between navigation skills and mountain skills and the scramble up Tryffan was a great call.

Although I didnt understand everything Tarquin taught us, I understood everything I went on the course to learn and more. Tarquin has given me the confidence and enthusiasm to get out and practice what I have learnt and to enjoy the mountains even more than I have to date by following others.

When I feel I have become more proficient with the basics I am sure I will come back to learn more.

So big thanks to Tarquin and thanks to

Best wishes


Hi Rob – I just wanted to thank you for an excellent learning experience I had whilst on the course the other week. I am no longer day dreaming about off trail back country travel, with the knowledge gained and lots of practice I feel confident that I can undertake a such a trip with confidence. – Mauro – Mountain Skills Course

Rob, Thanks for the weekend of Navigation & Hill Skills. I learnt so much during the two days and it was all in the good company of other like minded people. The success of the weekend was in most part down to our instructor Huw. His relaxed and friendly style combined with his knowledge ensured that we were onto a winner. I look forward to doing further courses with you in the future. – Steve – Mountain Skills Course

Hi Rob – Thank you very much for an amazing couple of days, really enjoyed it and benefited from your knowledge, expertise and skills, I now know what I need to improve on.
Thank you also for your patience with me and the ‘shamaila shamaila plod’, hopefully see you on the next adventure to do more firsts and conquer more fears and heights. xxx Shamaila – Mountain Skills Course