Skills for the Hills: Summer

The Summer is obviously a beautiful time to be out in the hills and even the UK weather can sometimes be on our side to provide the fabulous mountain vistas that you dream about.  Summer is also a fantastic time to see some of the wonderful wild flowers and rare plants that exist in the UK uplands, some of them flowering for only very short periods each year.

As on all of my courses, clients will learn at their own pace and I pride myself on my ability to ensure that everyone always goes away happy, having learnt more than they expected.

Listed below are some ideas to whet your appetite for some skills instruction in the beautiful summertime hills, as well as the opportunity to just relax and enjoy some guided mountain walks.
 

Classic Walks

Maybe you just want to go out with family or friends and enjoy a stress free guided walk around your chosen objectives in the hills, in the knowledge that you'll be in the expert hands of an experienced Mountain Instructor.
I often include some discussion on natural history, flora, fauna, geology and mythical legends that we encounter en route, just to keep up the kids' interest!

 

Navigation

Re-entrants, Ring Contours, Aiming Off, Hand Railing, Timing and Pacing...... Do these terms strike fear into you in the same way as looking at a map or holding a compass the right way up does?  If so, fear not!  With some simple practical help, the freedom of the hills could be yours.

Learn some expert navigation techniques to ensure you never get lost again and even help ensure you always make it back down in time for last orders!
Typically navigation courses are best run over a weekend or longer to help ensure sufficient time is available to cover the necessary theory and put it into practice

 

GPS for Beginners

The GPS is a very useful tool when used correctly and having already had some experience of using a map and compass.

Why not make a weekend of it and spend the first day brushing up on basic navigation and the second perfecting the use of your GPS?

  

Advanced Hill Walking and Expedition Skills

These skills are typically something I would cover over a week, or series of weekends, but it would be just as easy to have a single day spent on any of the individual subjects.  Topics include: Route Choice and Navigation, Safety on Steep Ground and Use of a Rope in Emergencies, Expedition Skills and Overnight Wild Camping.