skills for the hills

Two days in the mountains, aimed at those new to hill walking or those looking for extra knowledge towards gaining independence in the mountains  

2 Day course

2 people: £150pp (£75pp per day)

3 people: £150pp (£75pp per day)

4 people: £140pp (£70pp per day)

5 people: £120pp (£60pp per day)

6 people: £100pp (£50pp per day)

1-1: £190 per day

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Our Skills for the Hills course is a great way to gain experience and knowledge towards enjoying the UK mountains safely.

It is a good first step for those looking to build confidence to head out independently, allowing you to gain the understanding towards managing the risks that are associated with mountain walking. 


The course runs over 2 days, here is what is covered over both days:

  • Planning

Plan appropriate walks in the mountains 

  • Clothing & equipment

What to wear & why and what extra equipment to carry.  We will discuss how to efficiently carry everything and how to effectively pack a rucksack. 

  • Weather 

Reading weather forecasts for the mountains and understanding how weather effects us on the mountain 

  • Walking Skills

Discussions around pace, movement skills & effective walking techniques

  • Navigation

Understanding and reading the map, such as the scales, symbols and contours.  Looking at the 4D's of navigation and how relay the map to the ground and accurately pace and time your legs and keep track of your journey. 

  • Steep Ground 

How to move on steep ground and unroped scrambles.  There will be the opportunity to look at using a rope for an emergency. 

  • Environmental knowledge

A look at and discussion around mountain flora and fauna.  Understanding the geology of the Uk uplands. 

  • Emergencies in the mountains 

How to respond to and deal with emergencies and hazards in the mountains and what to do if something goes 

Both days will run in the mountain environment.

Day 1 will meet in a cafe setting, where we will discuss all the planning and equipment stages of the course.  We will then head out into the hills. 

Day 2 will be based on the hill all day, and incorporate a mountain journey, hopefully ticking off some Wainwright summits. 

The price of this day is inclusive of:

  • A qualified Mountaineering Instructor, affiliated with AMI 

  • Local & intimate knowledge of the venues

  • Technical equipment 

  • Professional coaching & instruction

  • Small ratios and focussed guiding

Course Ratios

1:6 Ratio - 6 people per 1 instructor

Our instructors can teach up to 6 people on this course. 


This is an open course and will allow the opportunity to meet likeminded people. 

We can run bespoke at 1-1 but prices will vary. 

Learn all the necessary skills for hill walking on this course.


This course is for beginner walks or those looking to gain more experience and confidence in the mountains. 


There are no pre-requisites. 

We will cover navigation, steep ground, environmental knowledge, planning and equipment so it is varied course. 



  Full and comprehensive kit lists will be shared during the booking stage

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have appropriate mountain footwear (boots).

Map & compass - LDM can provide maps and any ropes as necessary




Our venues are carefully selected and tailored to get the most out of the programme. 

Day 1 meets in Coniston and uses the fells around the Old Man of Coniston.

Day 2 runs from Langdale, meeting at the Sticklebarn National Trust car park. 

Day 2 is a full mountain day with a bigger journey. 

All dates, courses and sessions are displayed on our booking system.  Follow the book now button to view all of our availability and book your course.

Please request a date if our calendar doesn't match your availability

Looking for a bespoke course?

For further information and enquiries, please use the contact form


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

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