Mountain Skills

Mountain Skills Courses

  The Mountain Skills (MS) training course provides a general introduction to hillwalking in Ireland and the basics of mountain navigation. Offering a solid foundation for gaining personal mountaineering proficiency, Mountain Skills training teaches the necessary skills in mountain safety, navigation techniques, knowledge of hazards, and personal equipment, so that a person finishing the course may be in a position to safely, and competently, take to the hills. Mountain Skills training and assessment also provide foundation training for those who wish to progress to further leadership qualifications, such as the Mountain Leader (ML). Mountain Skills courses are available throughout Ireland. 
   All courses are run on demand, just let me know your dates and I will run a course to suit you.
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Mountain Skills Courses

Mountain Skills 1 (MS1)

 This is the foundation course for those wishing to learn the skills required to travel safely in the mountains of Ireland and the UK.  This course includes map-reading and simple 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. This course takes the form of two consecutive days and involves two walks and several classroom-based talks. Instructor ratio 1:6
 Cost €150
Alternatively, If you have a group I will run a course for you in Donegal for €600 (€100 per person)

Mountain Skills Assessment (MS Assessment)

 This is the final phase in the Mountain skills series.  This third block is a consolidation of skills learnt in MS1 and MS2 and is an opportunity for candidates to test their mountaineering proficiency to a prescribed standard. MS assessment is held over two days and comprises both written and practical evaluation, including a night navigation exercise. Candidates wishing to undertake MS assessment are required to maintain an official MI logbook of their mountaineering activities, and to have logged at least 14 walks in a number of different upland areas of Ireland. At least four of these walks should be within two months of MS assessment. Instructor ratio 1:4
 Cost €200
Alternatively, if you have a group I will run an assessment in Donegal for €600 (€150 per person) 

Mountain Skills 2 (MS2)

   This course builds on the skills covered during the Mountain Skills 1 course and introduces night navigation, negotiating steep ground, unroped scrambling, route cards, mountain rescue and emergency procedures. The night navigation is required to introduce navigation in poor visibility. Although not officially part of the syllabus, leadership is introduced during our steep ground movement. This course is a further two days and involves a day into night navigation walk on the first day and a day travelling over the steep ground on the second day. Instructor ratio 1:6
 Cost €150
Alternatively, if you have a group I will run a course for you in Donegal for €600 (€100 per person)

   All courses are run on demand just let me know your dates all ill run a course for you

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Iain Miller is a rock climber, guidebook author and hill walker living, working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.
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