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Hill Skills Courses in The Peak District

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Hill Skills Courses in The Peak District
Peak Navigation Courses have been accredited by Mountain (Leader) Training to provide the new Hill and Mountain Skills Courses.
Hill Skills will be run at weekends from our base in The Peak District, the weekends of 17th & 18th Mayand 18th & 19th October. These are non-residential courses and cost £85, (though in addition you will need to register with Mountain Training for an additional cost of £20).
The Hill Skills Course will teach you:  To read a map and navigate;  How to Plan a Walk; About equipment and clothing for hill walking;  The effects of weather in the hills; About the upland environment;  and  How to deal with emergencies.

Day 1Saturday We meet at 9.30am in the village of Foolow, using the village hall as our base for the day.
After a short indoor session learning about maps and navigation we go out for a walk practising map reading and navigation techniques and relating the map to features on the ground.
A working lunch back in th…

Mountain Skills Course – 2nd May Bank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May

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Mountain Skills Course   – 2nd MayBank Holiday Weekend 24th, 25th and 26th May
There’s quite a lot to cram into a weekend Mountain Skills Course, so we at Peak Navigation Courses are seizing the opportunity to spread the course over three days and ensure that course participants get the most from the course.


Based in Keswick, The Lake District, we have planned the following:
Saturday The course starts at 10.00am with introductions and a indoor session about navigation. We then go out for a walk where we put our navigation skills into practice, identifying “contour” features, walking on a compass bearing and learn a bit about pacing and timing. We’ll move onto some steeper ground and look at techniques for safe movement on steep ground and easy scrambling.
Mid afternoon we return to Keswick and have a session in a local equipment shop discussing and comparing different makes, models, etc. followed by tea and cake!
We then return for a final session looking at equipment to carry, weather and …

Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses

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Hill Skills and Mountain Skills Courses
Mountain Training (formally Mountain Leader Training) are about to launch two new awards: Hill Skills and Mountain Skills.Peak Navigation Courses have been chosen as one of the first organizations to run these courses on behalf of Mountain Training.

Unlike the other awards which are about leading others, Hill Skills and Mountain Skills areabout personal competence so that those new to Hill Walking and Mountain Walking can learn the basics of being safe in the hills or mountains, from qualified professionals .
Both Hill Skills and Mountain Skills courses can be delivered over a weekend.For Hill Skills, Peak Navigation Courses will run these in the hills of the Peak District.For Mountain Skills, we believe that this course can only be delivered in genuinely mountainous areas so we will run these courses in The Lake District.
Hill Skills and Mountain Skills are aimed at those who are either new to walking in the hills and mountains or those who have ju…