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Skills for the Hills Course

Our Skills for the Hills course is a great way to gain experience and knowledge towards enjoying the UK mountains safely.

It is a good first step for those looking to build confidence to head out independently, allowing you to gain the understanding towards managing the risks that are associated with mountain walking. 

The course runs over 2 days, here is what is covered over both days:

  1. Planning

Plan appropriate walks in the mountains 

  1. Clothing & equipment

What to wear & why and what extra equipment to carry. We will discuss how to efficiently carry everything and how to effectively pack a rucksack. 

  1. Weather 

Reading weather forecasts for the mountains and understanding how weather effects us on the mountain 

  1. Walking Skills

Discussions around pace, movement skills & effective walking techniques

  1. Navigation

Understanding and reading the map, such as the scales, symbols and contours. Looking at the 4D's of navigation and how relay the map to the ground and accurately pace and time your legs and keep track of your journey. 

  1. Steep Ground 

How to move on steep ground and unroped scrambles. There will be the opportunity to look at using a rope for an emergency. 

  1. Environmental knowledge

A look at and discussion around mountain flora and fauna. Understanding the geology of the Uk uplands. 

  1. Emergencies in the mountains 

How to respond to and deal with emergencies and hazards in the mountains and what to do if something goes 

​Both days will run the mountain environment.

Day 1 will meet in a cafe setting, where we will discuss all the planning and equipment stages of the course. We will then head out into the hills. 

Day 2 will be based on the hill all day, and incorporate a mountain journey, hopefully ticking off some Wainwright summits. 

This course is non-residential

The price of this day is inclusive of:

  1. A qualified Mountaineering Instructor, affiliated with AMI 
  2. Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
  3. Technical equipment 
  4. Professional coaching & instruction

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Layer

Spare Warm Top

Hat & Gloves

Walking Boots

30-35L Rucksack

Spare Hats & Gloves

Lunch & Snacks

1 litre water

Personal Medication


Equipment Provided:


Silva Expedition 4 compass


No experience necessary - this is an introductory course offering skills and techniques to people looking to gain confidence in the hills


We will send a full itinerary on booking - please look out for our email.

Group discount available

£380 for adults

Sat 6th - Sun 7th Aug
09:00 - 16:00 every day · 6 spaces left
Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Oct
09:00 - 16:00 every day · 6 spaces left



Cancellation Policy


In the unlikely event we have to cancel, we will offer a full refund if an alternate date can't be offered.

We can also issue vouchers to be used on other events or sessions with us. 

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes with part refunds.


In the current COVID climate, here is our COVID stance and policy. 

Any booking that cannot go ahead due to Covid restrictions or national lockdowns will be given a full refund. 

In light of the successful vaccine roll out and easing of restrictions in England, we are not offering COVID refunds at this time. 

We take our health very seriously here at LDM, our instructors will wear face masks in close contact scenarios and we will regularly use hand sanitiser. Our instructors are double vaccinated and COVID aware, following all up to date information.

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Where we'll meet

The meeting location is decided on the day.

We will be in touch regarding the meeting locations and suitable venues for the day during the booking process We will send a full itinerary detailing all meeting locations for the day

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