New outdoor skills courses for hill walkers

Official outdoor body Mountain Training UK are to launch two new outdoor courses next spring, allowing hill walkers to improve their skills and increase their confidence on UK terrain.

The two-day Hill or Mountain Skills courses will be open to all aged 14 or over, and aim to teach participants self sufficiency on the hills or in the mountains, with navigational techniques also on the agenda. Walkers can choose from either course, both of which are led by a qualified instructor and holder of the Walking Group Leader Award, with one geared towards upland moorland and the other mountainous terrain.

Following an induction session and successful completion of either course, registrants will receive a certificate of attendance, and should have gained enough knowledge to use these new skills unaccompanied out on the hills.

Capel Curig-based Mountain Training development officer Mal Creasey explained: ‘’These (courses) are not designed to compete with National Navigation Award Scheme or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award but will however offer a viable alternative.”

A lowland leader scheme will also launch in April 2014.


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