Mountain Skills Courses Parts 1 and 2:

Learn the skills you need to stay safe in the mountains while Hill-Walking and Hiking.

Mountain Skills Part I – Jan 7th & 8th 2023

Meeting: 09:30 Glencree Reconciliation Centre
Cost: Part I: €135.

  • Map features, Contours, Map scales and index.
  • Compass work, Taking a bearing.
  • What to wear while Hill Walking
  • How to keep yourself safe, emergency procedures.
  • The course is given by a recognized Mountaineering Ireland Provider.

mountain skills courses

Mountain Skills Courses: Parts I and II

This is a two day course which is recognised by BOS (Bord Oiliúint Sléibhe). Which is the Irish Mountain Training Board.

The Mountain Skills course is for your own personal confidence on the hills or a foundation to further your skills towards a leadership qualification. The course will also provide you with the skill set to navigate correctly in the hills. There is also advice on how to keep safe while walking and hiking.

Mountain Skills Part 1 Course.

This course normally takes place in the Dublin Wicklow area. (although we do offer them in other parts of the country)

You should have a reasonable level of Fitness and some previous Hill walking experience.

Your Instructor is fully Qualified with appropriate First Aid (REC 3 or higher) and recognised by Mountaineering Ireland as a qualified provider of the course.

Part 1 Mountain Skills Course covers the following topics:

  • Map Reading
  • Navigation Techniques.
  • Grid References.
  • Compass work.
  • Features on a Map.
  • Pacing and Timing.
  • Mountain Hazards.
  • Route Planning.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Mountain Environment.
  • Leave No Trace Principles.

These mountain courses are for your own personal confidence on the hills or a foundation to further your skills towards a leadership qualification.

It will show you some of the skills required to keep you safe while out walking. Such as Map reading and compass work, what to wear on a walk and other equipment advice. Advice on emergency situations and how to handle them.

The Mountain Skills Courses are organized and run by a qualified and recognized BOS Instructor Terry Lambert who is a qualified instructor with numerous years experience on the mountains.

These Mountain Skills courses will take place in the Wicklow Mountains over 2 days. Both in a classroom and the outdoors.
The outdoors session gives the chance to put all the theory you will have gained into practice.


map and compass work
Steps towards Qualification would be

  • Mountain Skills I
  • Mountain Skills II
  • Assessment

These Mountain Skills Courses are given by a recognized Mountain Leader and provider with Mountaineering Ireland.

Check out our Blog on what to wear on the hills herehttps://www.hilltoptreks.com/blog/hill-walking-clothing

Good day out and you learn something too!

Review of Hilltoptreks

Reviewed Feb 2016.

The Map & Compass course was fun, informative and very useful, and the walk in the hills afterwards good craic. Can highly recommend!

5 Star Review

Date of experience: February 2016

Cancellation Policy:

If for any reason the Mountain Skills course is postponed. Then the course will be held on another date. You will be offered a full refund or re-booked to new date.

• A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 48hrs in advance, or in case of no-show.
• A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 3 Days in advance.
• No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 3 or more days in advance.

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