Mountain Skills


Next course: MSIEarly 2024, dates coming soon!
Duration: 2 Days per course
Max group size:12 participants
Additional costs: None


  • Learn how to look after yourself in the mountains
  • Map and compass
  • Mountain Hazards
  • Equipment

What’s included

  • Expert tuition
  • Training room
  • Direct access to the mountains
  • Parking
  • Use of maps and compasses

Mountain Skills

Want to take your navigation confidence up a notch? Learn how to navigate off-trail and in poor conditions? Our Mountain Skills courses are exactly what you need!

The course is run by approved providers and with a ratio of 1 instructor to 6 participants, you are assured of the highest quality tuition.

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The course is divided into 3 modules:

  • Mountain Skills 1: run over 2 days
  • Mountain Skills 2: run over 2 days with a night navigation element
  • Mountain Skills Assessment: run over 2 days with a night navigation element

Most people will just do MS 1 and MS 2 where you’ll learn all the skills you’ll need. MS Assessment is completed by those who are looking to progress to Mountain Leader training courses and those who like to have a goal to aim for.

Mountain Skills is not a leadership qualification, you’ll need to progress to Mountain Leader level for that. Instead, it equips you with the skills to look after yourself in the mountains.

The aim of this course is to equip you with the skills so that you can:

  • Navigate with map
  • Use additional tools e.g. compass
  • Recognise and avoid hazards
  • Navigate in poor conditions and at night
  • Know what kit to carry
  • Know what to do in an emergency
  • Learn how to enjoy the mountains in a sustainable manner

Mountain Skills

What you’ll need to bring:

  • Full rainwear
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Hat & gloves
  • Extra fleece
  • Good boots
  • Basic first aid kit: blister pads, roller bandage, pain killers, plasters
  • Map- Sheet 56 (these are available to buy at our location)
  • We can lend you a compass for the course but you can also buy them in our online store.

Mountain Skills Course: Who’s for it

Hillwalkers who are looking to be more independent on the mountains, this should not be one of your first times on the mountain!

Our instructors are highly qualified and have many years experience on the mountains at home and abroad.

mountain skills FAQs

How many days is the experience?

Each element is 2 days, MS II and MSA have night navigation elements also.

Do participants need experience?

Hillwalking experience is necessary, you do need a reasonable level of fitness.

What kit do participants need?

We’ll provide a full kit list in advance. But your usual mountain kit is required.

How many participants will there be?

We have space for 12 but work on a ratio of 1:6.

Where is the Mountain Skills course run?

This course is run from Glendalough, there is plenty of parking and direct access to the mountains.

Do we provide private courses?

Yes, we certainly do. We can run this course for you 1 on 1 or for your group. We can also run the Mountain Skills course all over Ireland.

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