Complete Mountain Skills

You’ve got some basic hillwalking experience and now you want to push yourself to be able to walk on steeper, more remote or mountainous terrain.


Plas y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor Ratio1:6

Location

Plas y Brenin

Length

5 Days

Instructor Ratio

1:6

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Overview 

This five-day course, with a two-day expedition and remote wild camp, is a great introduction to wild walking in the British and Irish mountains. Go walking amongst some of the UKs most beautiful terrain, and take in stunning scenery on a course that will leave you equipped and inspired to access the outdoors again and again in the future.

The beauty of the UKs mountains can be accessed by anyone with the right set of skills and the right knowledge. After this course you will be able to safely explore further and wilder places.

This course covers the Mountain Training Mountain Skills syllabus with added extras, such as an expedition, and time for consolidation. If you wish to receive accreditation from Mountain Training, you can register with for this separately via their website.

The Objectives 

  • You will have walked some classic routes in beautiful Snowdonia National Park, gaining confidence in your navigation skills along the way.
  • You will have skills and techniques to allow you to be confident and comfortable planning, and undertaking, your own hill walks in the mountainous areas of Britain and Ireland.
  • You will gain confidence in undertaking overnight camps, and the skills to make multi-day expeditions comfortable and safe.

 

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What to Expect

  • Planning – how to successfully plan a walk in the mountains in the UK or Ireland.
  • Walking skills – what things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills, steep ground etc.)
  • Clothing and equipment – being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster.
  • Weather – how it affects the mountains and your day out.
  • Navigation in the mountains – everything from selecting a compass and using a map to navigation in poor visibility and an intro to GPS.
  • Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill, information on good practice and useful organisations.
  • Hazards and emergency procedures in the mountains – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency.
  • Wild camping skills and night navigation.

Experience Required

You should have done some hillwalking, but probably won’t have ventured to higher parts and away from paths.

How Should I Prepare?

Ideally you’ll be able to walk in the region of six to eight miles for up to six hours each day on uneven terrain. This being said, be assured we will tailor the course as best we can to the needs of those attending.

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Unlock a mountain of benefits while supporting the future of climbing, hill walking, and mountaineering. As a BMC member, not only will you gain access to incredible perks, but you also be joining a community dedicated to preserving our wild places for generations to come.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Expert Tuition

You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.