The Hill Skills course run by Leading Edge is your key to getting started in countryside and moorland walking. Maybe you do have some experience of hill walking but are unsure about some of the detail? Perhaps you are always out with others that know what they are doing, but you would like the skills to be actively involved in the planning, navigating and decision making? This is an ideal way to learn about all the equipment, understand and plan for the weather, become more competent and confident in your navigation and journeying techniques.
These are a highly enjoyable two days, packed full of learning, practical hands (and feet) on experience and lots of fun. Leading Edge run a very relaxed, open and inclusive Hill Skills course, catering for the relative map novice all the way through to the self taught regular hill goer.
You can expect to be out walking each day for around 4-5 hours this will be on footpaths or trails that are rough underfoot. Much of the journey during this Leading Edge Hill Skills course will involve learning opportunities and as such, the pace of the day is friendly and will include plenty of breaks.
If you are keen to access the upland environment with more confidence and certainty then come and join us for two excellent days which will leave you skilled up, confident and inspired to get out and explore the wonders of our hills and valleys.
What does the Hill Skills course cover?
Planning – how to successfully plan a hill walk 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 etc.). Clothing and equipment – being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster. Weather – how it affects the hills and your day out. Navigation in the hills – everything from selecting a compass to navigation strategies and an intro to GPS. Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill and information on good practice and useful organisations. Hazards and emergency procedures in the hills – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency.
A Leading Edge Hill Skills course will start with an opportunity to meet the other people on the course and take part in a short basic hill walking planning session with us. After that your instructor will outline the plans for the course before you head out into the hills. The end of the day will usually involve a short indoor session to review the day and plan the following days' outing. You can expect to be out walking each day for around 4-5 hours and generally ona Leading Edge Hill Skills courses this will be on footpaths or trails that are rough underfoot. Much of the journey during this Leading Edge Hill Skills course will involve learning opportunities and as such, the pace of the day is friendly and will include plenty of breaks.
Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Hill Skills Handbook.