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2 Day Mountain Skills - Borrowdale


Course Information

Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in transferring their walking and hiking skills to more mountainous terrain. Ideally, participants would have some basic hill walking experience and have a reasonable level of fitness. Courses are generally run in the higher mountains of the United Kingdom. This course is in Keswick, but we offer others in The Lakes in Helvellyn area and into Scotland, Cairngorms Loch Lomond and Glencoe. Our navigation course will ensure you get the most from your walks, hikes and mountaineering trips.

 A Mountain Skills course will start with an opportunity to meet the other people on the course and take part in a short planning session with the course tutor. After that you will be out in the mountains, moving away from marked paths and into steeper, rockier terrain in order to learn about the differences in weather, navigation and managing risk in the mountain environment. The physical effort required on these days will be more demanding than the Hill Skills course and you can expect to be out in the mountains for between 5-6 hours. In addition, will run an evening session that can either be a walk into darkness or an additional teaching session on other elements of the course syllabus. 

For this course you need to register with The Mountain Training Association, to do so please CLICK HERE. The cost of registering is not included in the price. The fee is currently £20 for adults and £0 for under 18's 

The minimum age for this course is 14yrs.

What to bring

Suggested Clothing & Equipment List:

  1. Boots
  2. Gaiters
  3. Day Sac(30 litres)
  4. Thermals or suitable under clothing
  5. Insulating layers –at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  6. General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  7. Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  8. Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)
  9. Waterproof over-trousers
  10. Hat or balaclava
  11. Mitts & gloves
  12. Whistle
  13. Waterproof Map Case (we recommend Ortlieb and have a suply for sale)
  14. Compass (we rocommend Silva Expedition 4 and have a supply for sale)
  15. Maps 1:25,000 for the immediate area
  16. Headtorch
  17. Rucksack liner
  18. Flask & Water Bottle
  19. Packed lunch
  20. Survival Bag –Plastic type
  21. Small notebook and pen or pencil
  22. Walking Poles (Optional)


What does the Mountain Skills course cover?

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

Group discount available

£120 per person

Thu 23rd - Fri 24th Jul
10:00 - 18:00 every day · 16 spaces left
Sun 23rd - Mon 24th Aug
10:00 - 18:00 every day · 16 spaces left
Wed 23rd - Thu 24th Sep
10:00 - 18:00 every day · 16 spaces left



Refund Policy & Terms and Conditions

These apply to every person booked onto a course. If booking on behalf of a third party you accept these terms on their behalf and so it is important that you make them aware.


1. A place is considered as Booked whence your deposit is received.

2. The balance of the fee is payable 4 weeks before the commencement of the course. In the event that The balance is not paid we will have the discretion to treat the booking as cancelled by the client and re-sell the course place.

3. The balance is due 4 weeks before the course start date.


1. All cancellations must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable).

2. Mountain Skills Training once notified of the cancellation will endeavour to re-sell the course place(s).

3. If the course is resold prior to its start date you, then you will receive a full refund less 20% of the total course fee to cover administration costs.

4. Refunds will only be made To the account used to pay for the course.

5. If the course is not resold before the start of the course, you will forfeit your deposit - 30%

C) CANCELLATION BY Mountain Skills Training

Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that advertised courses run, It is not always possible. Mountain Skills Training will notify the client of cancellation as soon as practicable where it believes on reasonable grounds that cancellation is necessary due to dangerous and/or unsuitable conditions for the course activity.

Mountain Skills Training shall notify the client of cancellation not less than five days before the start of the course if there are insufficient participants for the course to go ahead. The minimum on all courses is 2.

In the event of cancellation clients will be offered the choice of the following options:-

Full refund of the course fee paid;

Another course on different dates.


Climbing and mountaineering are activities with an element of danger and risk of personal injury or death. By booking a course in these activities you are aware of and accept these risks and will be responsible for your own actions and involvement. We will teach you how to manage these risks, but we can never completely remove them. You confirm that you are familiar with the nature of the activities that you wish to undertake and acknowledge those risks that are inherent therein and that you may freely withdraw from any activity without penalty and there is no pressure whatsoever to take part.


Our courses do not include any personal accident, cancellation, third party liability or personal injury insurance. We recommend that you take out your own policy. We will accept no responsibility whatsoever in respect of loss or damage to personal property. The BMC offers suitable insurance

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