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Discover Hill & Mountain Skills

Introduction Level - 3 days | Prices from £345.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews

This course focuses on the skills needed to pack and plan for day walks in the mountains. As well as having an understanding of how the weather can affect our decision making we will look at various options for getting mountain specific forecasts and relating them to our choice of journey. Each day will be practical with the majority of the time spent on the hill.

Our “Learn to Wild Camp” course can follow on from this to make a fantastic mountain week.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00
Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00
Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00
Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00
Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00
Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00
Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00
Cost (with accommodation): £420.00
Cost (no accommodation): £345.00

Is It For Me?

The UK has amazing and diverse mountain and hill environments to explore; the Cairngorm Plateau, West Coast Ridges, Stunning Coastlines and Rolling Lowlands. The reasons for visiting these special places may be personal but the benefits are vast. If you’d like to increase your self reliance and have the confidence to play a more pivotal role in your walking then this is for you! We aim to set you on course to developing skills that will enable you to be comfortable and safe in our truly unique wild places.

Course Aims

This course will equip participants with the skills required for confident and competent hill walking in the UK mountains under summer conditions.

Course Content


  • Navigation skills including the use in map, compass and electronic devices
  • Informed decision making in producing practical and achievable route plans
  • Understanding of mountain weather
  • Dealing with an emergency and understanding the role of mountain rescue
  • Planning to avoid water hazards and how to deal with them on the hill
  • What clothing & equipment to take and how to use it.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.


  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Leather Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Day Sac

Equipment you need to bring which we do not have in stores:

Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks (several pairs)
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Hat & gloves***
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended ***
  • Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms with a 10km radius from the ski area. There are now a range of scales and maps available OS 1:50,000, OS 1:25,000 and Harvey Map 1:40,000. For candidates on any NGB course such as Mountain Leader summer, you should have a 1:50,000 map and ideally one other scale. For non qualification courses any scale is fine, OS 1:50,000 map sheet 36 covers the widest area, but the Harvey 1:40,000 has a lot of additional information on the back of it, however it is useful to have the Silva Mark 4 compass with the 1:40,000 scale on it, (only available since 2010).

If you have digital mapping and can print off map sheets a suggested area would be:

NW corner NH8514         NE corner NJ0314

SW corner NN8593          SE corner NO0393

That will be about 4 sheets of A4 if you use the 1:50,000 scale.

From time to time we will use other areas outside the northern Cairngorms in which case we will supply appropriate mapping.

  • All maps need to be in a waterproof case. Maps and map cases are not a stores item but can be purchased from our shop.
  • Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Course Pre-Requisites

A suitable level of physical fitness for 5 days hill walking.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews Read all reviews

I had a wonderful few days at the lodge and would recommend it to everyone.
Lunn Emily Reviewed on 13/06/2018
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Really well tought course, centre well equipped, everyone friendly, easy to reach incl. public transport
Ute Davies Reviewed on 21/08/2016
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I cannot find fault with the course it was one of the most enjoyable 5 days to have in the cairngorms. The weather was good and our instructor was great and very helpful. I now have the confidence to go into natures playground knowing I can find my way home even when I can't see where I am going. Brilliant, highly recommend.
Andrew Nunn Reviewed on 24/08/2015
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Brilliant! Although my legs would say otherwise, I would happily do it all over again. Our instructor, Jess, was great, informative, patient and with a great sense if humour to put up with us for five days!!!! Couldn't have asked for a better group. Will definitely be returning to Glenmore Lodge.
Ana Maria Aller Reviewed on 23/08/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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