Join us in Snowdonia to learn the route choice and navigation skills needed to enjoy your own mountain journeys.

Mountain Skills and Navigation in Snowdonia

Freedom Outdoors offers a two or 5 day course aimed at people who want to learn the skills needed to climb mountains. The course is based in Snowdonia, North Wales. The course will equip you with the skills required to progress into more mountainous areas with confidence. Learning will take place in a practical way with lots of opportunity to recap during the course.

Should I choose the two or five day course?

Both courses have the same aim: To equip you with the skills to head out into more mountainous terrain and away from paths with confidence. Both courses will cover the skills listed below to a certain extent. The five day course will allow you to move through skills at a slower pace and potentially in more detail. It will allow more time for practise and recaps. It will also give us the opportunity to explore more of the varied terrain that the Snowdonia National Park has to offer.

What does the mountain skills and navigation course cover?

As with all of our courses our mountain skills and navigation course in Snowdonia has a flexible approach to cater for individual needs but examples of aspects usually covered are listed below:

• Weather and route planning.
• Movement skills through steep and rocky terrain.
• Measuring distance to calculate walking time.
• Pacing and timing.
• Use of the compass.
• Methods of relocating in mountainous terrain.
• Poor visibility navigation strategies.
• Introduction to basic use of GPS devices.
• Hazards and emergency procedures.
• Clothing and equipment choices.


Below are the dates we have available for our mountain skills course in Snowdonia:

Two day options:

3rd-4th July

More dates will be available. Please get in touch to discuss.

Five day options:

19th-23rd April

20th-24th Sept

8th-12th Nov

Please get in touch to discuss if the above dates don’t suit you as more dates can be available on request.

Is the course suitable for me?

A little previous hill walking and reasonable fitness it beneficial. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss the suitability of this course.

Course Price

£130 two day option
£295 five day option

The mountain skills and navigation course follows Mountain Training’s syllabus. Mountain Training is an organisation which aims to educate and train people in walking, climbing and mountaineering. They have developed a range of nationally-recognised mountain leadership, instruction and coaching awards, as well as skills courses. If you wish to receive a certificate of attendance as well as the other benefits listed below you will need to register with Mountain Training. Registration costs £20 and covers both the Hill and Mountain Skills awards.

• Access to the MTUK digital logbook.
• A copy of the ‘Safety on Mountains’ handbook.
• Access to technical advice from MTUK.

Please contact Freedom Outdoors for more information on our Mountain Skills and Navigation in Snowdonia, or to discuss your requirements and make a booking.

I had a great time on the mountain skills course. We covered so many different areas of the syllabus and I learnt many new skills and ideas. Lou patiently answered our nearly endless barrage of questions over the 2 days. Would highly recommend!
Ben Stevens
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