As a course provider for Mountaineering Ireland, I run a nationally accredited Mountain Skills course . The scheme is divided up into ; Mountain Skills 1 and Mountain Skills 2 and a Mountain Skills Assessment.

The aim of these courses 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. To navigate with confidence using a map, a compass and proper equipment in any type of weather condition during day or night time.

There are 3 to 4  hours indoor sessions on the Saturday and Sunday morning but, most of the course takes place outdoor with a night navigation up to 9 or 10 pm as being part of Mountain Skills 2.

The courses 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. Scale understanding
  8. Compass use
  9. Timing and Pacing
  10. Mountain Environment and the Leave No trace Program
  11. Route Planning
  12. Mountain Hazards
  13. Emergency
  14. Steep ground

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.

The location of this courses take place in the Mount-Leinster area for Mountain Skills 1 and the South Wicklow area for Mountain Skills 2.

In order to take part in the courses, you will need to register with Mountaineering Ireland for €22


PRICE = € 120

Which include: Tea, coffee, scones or else, Course notes, A free hiking practice day.

Dates and location of my courses are in the Upcoming Events page of this website.

7th & 8th August 2021 – Mountain Skills 1, Wicklow Mountains
21st & 22nd August 2021 – Mountain Skills 2, Wicklow Mountains
4th & 5ft September 2021 – Mountain Skill 1, Mount-Leisnter
11th & 12th September 2021 – Mountain Skills 2, Wicklow Mountains
25th & 26th September 2021 – Mountain Skill 2 , Wicklow Mountains
09th & 10th October 2021 – Mountain Skills 1, Mount-Leinster
23rd & 24th October 2021 – Mountain Skills 2, Wicklow Mountains
13th & 14th November 2021 – Mountain Skills 1, Mount-Leinster
27th & 28th November 2021 – Mountain Skills 2, Wicklow Mountains
04th & 05th December 2021- Mountain Skills 1 , Mount-Leinster
18th & 19th December 2022 – Mountains Skills 2, Wicklow Mountains