Mountain Skills Course I and II
Part 1: May 18th - 19th
These 2 day courses are recognised by BOS.(Bord Oiliúint Sléibhe, which is the Irish Mountain Training Board)
No longer will you get lost while out enjoying the outdoors with your local hillwalking club or friends.
This course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to navigate correctly and keep safe in the great outdoors.
Whether you wish to do this course for your own personal enjoyment and knowledge, lead a walking group or a step towards a Walking Guide Qualification this is the course for you..
The Course is run by a qualified and recognised BOS Instructor Emily Mc Cullagh who is an excellent instructor with numerous years experience on the hills herself.
This course will take place in the Wicklow Mountains over 2 days. Giving you the chance to put all the theory you will have gained into practice.
The course will take place in the Glenmalure area of Wicklow both in a classroom and the outdoors.
Steps towards Leadership would be
- Mountain Skills I
- Mountain Skills II
Then you can go for either Walking Group Leader
or Mountain Leader Training and assessment but one step at a time. (excuse the pun).
Dates of Courses 2013
Part 1: May 18th - 19th
The Mountain Skills Part I Course Includes:
MS1: During this weekend you will learn about map-reading and navigation techniques, recognition of natural features, distance measurement and timing of walks.
Mountain hazards are also covered, as is personal equipment such as correct clothing and emergency equipment.
The Mountain Skills Part II Course Includes:
MS2: This 2 day course will include a mix of indoor talks/ discussions learning with a great mix of outdoor practicals. The course covers Route Planning, route cards, compass and bearing work, skills for negotiating different terrain and steeper ground.
Enviromental Impact, emergency procedures and night time navagational skills.
Accommodation: (not included in price)
If you wish to stay over for the two day course here are a few places to stay.
Coolalingo B+B Glenmalure - Great Accommodation in Glenmalure Tel: +353 (0)404 46583 beside meeting Pt.
Glendalough Hostel: - Cheap hostel accommodation in the heart of Glendalough.
Trooperstown Wood Lodge - Wonderful accommodation with Breakfast in the Wicklow Heather +353(0)404 45236 -
Glendalough Hotel - +353 (0)404 45135/45391 - Beside the monastic site in Glendalough.
Required Personal Equipment:
- Walking boots,
- Day rucksack, 35Litre is best.
- Warm outdoor wear (fleece and thermals),
- Sheet 56 OSI Map
- Hat and gloves,
- Compass- Silva type 4,
- Head torch (plus spare battery),
- Waterproof rucksack liner,
- Small first aid kit,