Ever wanted to learn the skills you need to become a competent navigator in the mountains of Ireland and beyond by day, by night or bad weather  ?

As mountain leaders and course providers for Mountaineering Ireland and the UK, we run Mountain Skills 1 and 2 which is a nationally accredited course.

The aim of Mountain Skills 1 and 2 which run over 2 weekends or 4 days, is to help you learn the skills you need to get out hiking; independently, safely, responsibly in the mountains of Ireland, the UK and beyond.

You will learn how to navigate with confidence using a map, a compass and proper equipment in any type of weather condition during day time or night time.

The course is split between an indoor session of 4 hours and 4 hours outdoor practice which includes a night navigation as part of Mountain Skills 2.

Mountain 1 and 2 cover :

  1. Mountain Skills Scheme introduction
  2. Personal Equipment
  3. Reading and Understanding Maps
  4. Features recognition and depiction of relief
  5. Contour interpretation
  6. Grid reference and self location
  7. Map’s Scale
  8. Introduction to compass
  9. Timing and Pacing
  10. Mountain Environment and the Leave No trace Program
  11. Route Planning
  12. Route Card
  13. Mountain Hazards
  14. Emergency
  15. Steep ground
  16. compass bearing

Private and personalized courses for individuals and small groups are also available.

Some hiking experience is essential before joining the scheme however, you don’t need to be an expert.

You will need to be registered with Mountaineering Ireland is the cost of registration for the the course is :@22

The  Mountain Skills course is  € 120 which includes: Tea, coffee, scones or else, course notes, a free hiking day practice, a log book and a certificate.