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Wild camping in the mountains course

Mountain Skills course

with wild camp

An extended mountain skills course. We will be exploring mountainous terrain and developing confidence in the mountains. We will be adding a wild camp into the syllabus and learning how to be safe for a night outdoors. We will still accredit your course with Mountain Training. 


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




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.



Day 1 will be an introductory day looking at planning, packing, equipment and navigation techniques so we are ready to undertake a 1 night, 2 day expedition in the mountains.  We will finish with enough time for people to pack their bags for the expeditions and go to the shops to pick up any last minute extras. 

On day 2, we will head out for a mountain journey, covering movement skills, emergency procedures and refining our navigation skills.


On day 3, we will meet with our bags packed ready to spend a night on the hill, putting into practice all that we learned on day 1 & 2.  The course will offer full mountain immersion and is the opportunity to gain knowledge about the environment and how to look after yourself in the remote landscape, staying overnight in your tent. 

We will walk out for around midday on day 4. 



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.

Expedition food

What to bring, eat and cook.  Discussion around expedition meals such as dehydrated or freeze dry meals. 

Nutrition and cooking

Discussion about stoves, different styles and gas.  Management of cooking systems and best uses. 

Camp management

Where to pitch tents and how to choose a good campsite. Pitching tents effectively. Water considerations. 

Expedition equipment selection, use and care

Selections of tents, stoves, sleeping mats, sleeping bags and rucksacks for efficient packing. 

Navigation techniques for night and poor visibility

There is potential for night navigation exercise overnight 

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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 in camping and able to camp independently



Small Group Sizes:

Our low instructor-to-participant ratio ensures personalised attention and maximum learning opportunities.

Certified Instructors:

Our experienced and certified instructors are dedicated to your safety and skill development.

Real-World Application:

The course is designed to equip you with practical skills for independent adventures in the UK mountains.

Beautiful Locations:

Enjoy learning in some of the most scenic mountainous areas of the UK.  This area of the Lakes is stunning!


We will register you on the Mountain Training website, once registered you will have:

Access to the Mountain Training Digital Logbook (DLOG)

A copy of the ‘Safety on Mountains’ book *

Timing card *

Certificate of attendance upon completion *

Access to technical advice from Mountain Training

*Given out on the course

Course Ratios

1:6 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 1:8 ratio. 

Minimum of 2 for courses to run


18+ yrs to attend this course
No experience is necessary 

This course is for beginner hill walkers, we will teach you the basics so the day will be at run at a friendly pace 

We are here to build confidence towards your own adventures and help you gain experience in wild camping.


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)

We may be able to hire tents (limited number) and we will advise on sleeping bags, stoves. sleeping mats as you will need your own.

We will organise a zoom meeting pre course to discuss all you need. 



These courses use the Central fells and day 1 will meet at the Honister Slate Mine cafe.   

Day 2 will meet at, and leave from the Borrowdale YHA. 
We will head into the Centreal Fells, this includes Glaramara, Great Gable, Bowfell, Scafell Pike. 

It is possible to get Public Transport to this location, from Keswick.


26th-27th April 2024
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21st-22bd June 2024

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These courses can work well when booked and organised on a bespoke basis but we will have some open courses throughout the year.

Private courses available all year round. 

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.

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 


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 

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. 

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15% off when booking this course


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

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