Mountain and Trekking

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At Outdoor Resources we provide Mountain Training and assessment for the award schemes of the Mountaineering Councils in the UK and Ireland, including:

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC)
Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS)
Mountaineering Ireland (MI)

Hill Skills

The Hill Skills course is a two day training course aimed at the beginner hill walker. You will learn things like:

  • How to plan walks
  • How to use of a map
  • Which equipment you should bring and how to use it
  • Effects of weather
  • How to deal with emergencies
  • Understand the upland environment.

We will use countryside and moorland areas, and your skills will be transferable to many popular walking areas of the UK and Ireland.

Mountain Skills

The Mountain Skills course is a two day training course aimed at walkers with some basic hill walking experience, who have a reasonable level of fitness and would like to learn how to apply their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. We will cover:

  • Map and compass skills
  • Mountain weather forecasting
  • Movement through steep ground
  • Planning and preparation
  • Emergency procedures
  • Seasonal effects
  • The mountain environment
  • This course is run in the main high mountain areas of the UK and Ireland.

    Walking Group Leader

    This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead groups in non-mountainous terrain known as upland, moor, fell and down. The Peak District, Dartmoor and the Pentland Hills are typical areas where Walking Group Leader holders lead groups.
    Do you have at least one year’s experience of hill walking? And would you like to lead groups in hills and moorlands?

    This Award will soon be renamed Hill and Moorland Leader and a new Lowland Leader Award will be introduced. If you are interested in doing this award, get in touch to discuss what would best suit your needs. Download the Award Information.

    Mountain Leader

    This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead hillwalking groups in summer conditions on mountainous routes not requiring the planned use of a rope.
    Do you have an interest in leadership of groups in the hills and are you at least eighteen years old? Do you have at least twelve months experience of hill walking? Then this training is definitively something for you!

    Not sure if your experience is enough, or do you have any particular requirements or special needs? Just contact us, we are happy to give you all advice and guidance you need. More information? Download the Award Information.

    Single Pitch Award

    This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on single pitch crags and climbing walls. Common activities undertaken by a Single Pitch Award holder will be roped climbing and bouldering. Do you have a genuine interest in rock climbing and the supervision of groups on single pitch crags? Do you have at least twelve months rock climbing experience and are you at least eighteen years old? Then this training might be something for you!
    Download the Award Information.

    Climbing Wall Award

    This award qualification trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders.
    Do you have at least six months experience of using a variety of climbing walls? Are you interesed in climbing and and would you like to supervise groups on climbing walls? And are you 17 years or older? Then this training might be something for you. Download the Award Information.

    Climbing Wall Leading

    This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills acquired in either the Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award award.
    Do you already have one of these awards? Then this might be the course for you!

    To start with, you need to register with Mountain Training. To do this, log into their Candidate Management System and register online. Please be aware that registration for this Award costs £50. When you register, you start an application process, during which you log your climbing sessions and experience in a digital logbook. The minimum requirements before you can start the Climbing Wall Leading course are:

    • 50 led routes
    • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls
    • Belayed a lead climber 50 times
    • 25 lead routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls
    • 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award
    • Include a referee within your digital logbook who can endorse your experience

    Once you have completed all the requirements, you can notify Mountain Training by email that your application is completed.
    To take part in our training course and assessment, you need a confirmation from the Mountain Training staff that your application is approved. Please note that until you have received confirmation that your application has been approved you should not book nor attend a training course.