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Uk Wild camping skills

3 day 

mountain skills & wild camp

A mountain skills and wild camping course is ideal for those looking to embark upon an overnight excursion in the UK mountains.  We will be looking at the fundamental mountain skills with the added bonus of developing campcraft skills. 


Our Hill & Mountain skills courses are accredited by Mountain Training.  

You will receive accreditation for this course, we will register you on the scheme with Mountain Training and create an account for you  

Participant Handbook - Click Here 



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This is a 3 day mountain skills course that can run with up to 4 people.  This course will take a holistic approach to mountain skills, we are looking to teach you all areas of hill walking and camping.  We will do one introductory day and undertake a mountain journey before heading onto the hill for a one night mini expedition where we will focus on our navigation and campcraft skills. 

The course will meet at the Sticklebarn in Langdale and we will undertake a mountain journey from there.  Our mini expedition makes use of the Central Fells.  We can leave for the Central from either of the following locations; Great Langdale, Honister, Seathwaite, Langstrath. 



How to successfully plan a walk in the mountains in the UK or Ireland.

Walking skills 

What things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills, steep ground etc.).

Clothing and equipment 

Being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster.


How it affects the mountains and your day out.

Navigation in the mountains 

Everything from selecting a compass and using a map to navigation in poor visibility and an intro to GPS.

Environmental knowledge

How to minimise your impact on the hill, information on good practice and useful organisations.

Hazards and emergency procedures in the mountains 

How to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency.


Selecting and using appropriate tents and sleeping equipment. Choosing a good pitch and campsite. 


Foods to eat, cookware systems and preparing to out on the hill for longer periods. 

Night Navigation 

We will make use of being our overnight and hone our navigation skills in the darkness. 

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Navigation skills in Langdale


Be able to plan routes effectively and tackle them in all weather 

Have the confidence to move away from marked paths and into steeper, rockier terrain and know more about the differences in weather, navigation and managing risk in the mountain environment.

Be able to confidently navigate in mountainous terrain using a series of techniques such as timing, pacing and contour interpretation

 Have confidence to head out overnight safely in a tent and set up appropriately for a comfortable night out 


Expert Instructors:

Our course is led by experienced navigators with a deep understanding of map and compass skills. They are dedicated to providing high-quality instruction and ensuring each participant gains a solid foundation in navigation.

Comprehensive Curriculum:

Our course covers all essential aspects of navigation, from map reading and compass use to terrain association, helping you develop solid strategies. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to find their way in the outdoors.

Practical Application:

We believe in hands-on learning. Our course includes extensive practical exercises and outdoor navigation scenarios, allowing participants to immediately apply what they've learned in real-world situations.

Small Group Sizes:

We maintain small class sizes to ensure focussed attention and ample opportunity for questions, discussions, and where possible one-on-one guidance. 

Positive Learning Environment:

We foster a supportive and encouraging learning environment where participants can feel comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, and building confidence in their navigation abilities.

Proven Track Record:

Our navigation course has a track record of success, with many satisfied participants who have gone on to confidently navigate in a variety of outdoor settings. Their testimonials speak to the effectiveness of our instruction.


Enquire for course dates

We can provide bespoke courses on request

We can run private and bespoke dates all year round and focus on your mountain aspirations 

Enquire now to book a course 

Course Ratios

1:4 Ratio 

This is an open course designed for you to meet like minded individuals 

An instructor can teach up to 8 people on this course - we can provide additional instructors adhering to a 1:4 ratio. 

Minimum of 2 for courses to run

We can run bespoke courses all year round, please get in touch to organise a private course for you and your group


16+ yrs to attend this course

Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian 


Basic hill walking experience 


A high level of fitness is required from the Hill Skills course, as we will access higher mountain areas be out for longer 


We want to help you develop your walking skills to be independent in the mountains so you can achieve all of your mountain walking aspirations 


We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing (warm and waterproof where possible) and suitable mountain footwear (boots)

A good rucksack to carry everything you need for the day is advisable

We have a small selction of tets for hire.  Your sleeping arrangements will need to be your own. 

We are happy to discuss your requirements and kit for camping.


The course will meet at the Sticklebarn in Langdale for a mountain journey on day 1 


We will then undertake a mountain journey in the central fells, leaving from any of the following destinations; 

Great Langdale, Honister, Seathwaite, Langstrath. 

We will be out overnight between day 2 and 3 with a night navigation exercise to help refine your skills. 

this course is accredited to mountain training

Mountain Training is the collection of awarding bodies for skills courses and qualifications in walking, climbing and mountaineering that operates across the UK and The Republic Of Ireland.

Our qualifications train and assess people to look after other people in these environments, whether that's leading a walk in the mountains, coaching in a climbing wall or teaching multi pitch rock climbing. People who hold our qualifications have been assessed at a nationally agreed standard.

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Our Vision

A diverse and active outdoor society, supported by inspirational leaders, instructors and coaches.

Our Mission

To inspire, enable and develop people in walking, climbing and mountaineering through the provision of nationally and internationally recognised skills training and leadership qualifications.

Our Ethos - Click here to view 

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Support for people 

Mountain Training is committed to ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to attend our courses. We work in close partnership with the mountaineering councils and a key strand of their work is to ensure that participation is open to all. The BMC Equity Steering Group and initiatives like Adventure for All have been central to this and are an excellent source of information.

Reasonable Adjustment Guidance 

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Hire our Lake District Mountaineering instructors for private and tailored programmes.

Suited to your goals & ambitions to make the most of YOUR time in the mountains. 

Course rates: 

1:1 £195

1:2 £220

3 or more: £275pp

+£50 overnight fee 

Navigation bespoke lake district


We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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