What is involved in a Mountain Skills Assessment?

After you complete your training a period of consolidation is required. This time frame is generally used to practice the skills learned over the training and to log hikes, in your official logbook. If you don’t have a logbook please contact us and we can supply you with one.

A minimum of 14 walks in a number of different mountain areas of Ireland should be recorded. At least four of these walks should be within eight weeks of MS your assessment date. The hikes should meet the following criteria:

  • To take place in a recognised hill/mountain environment of Ireland
  • The candidate should have personally played an active part in organising and implementing the day
  • The route should not solely follow a way-marked way or path.
  • Should provide an opportunity to use relevant skills learned through training
  • Be a minimum of four hours duration
  • Not a repeat of an already logged walk.

The Mountain Skills Assessment is held over two days, and comprises both written and practical evaluation, including a night navigation exercise.

A valid outdoor first aid certificate is also required, full details of which can be found in the syllabus documentation here

Assessment can again be arranged for groups and individuals. The ratio for assessments is one assessor to four candidates.

Contact us at: info@hiking.ie

The MSA is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and personal ability of the basic hiking skills required for a safe and enjoyable journey within the hills of Ireland and the UK. Although set as an assessment process with a pass/deferral/fail result, it should also encompass an opportunity for further learning.
training venue
Training Venue in Wicklow

Our indoor venue is an approved centre in Laragh, Co. Wicklow. We have wi-fi, car parking, kitchen and bathrooms. Our outdoor locations vary to suit the conditions, generally we are in the Glendalough / Laragh / Roundwood areas, or an area of your choice.

Our instructors hold the highest qualification in hiking: the International Mountain Leader Award. Our instructors are Garda vetted, qualified, registered and insured and trained in child protection.

Participants should have regular hill walking clothing including:
Waterproof Jacket and trousers
Hill walking boots
Walking trousers/tracksuit bottoms/leggings (avoid cotton)
Base layer- top/tee shirt/fleece, (avoid cotton)
Mid layer- fleece (avoid cotton)
Hat and gloves
Head torch
Backpack – a  25 / 30L  pack should be plenty, with liner/waterproof cover
Packed Lunch, snacks and a drink
Any prescription medicine you may require.

Required Equipment:
Maps and Silva Type 4 compass.
We will have spares on the day, which you can borrow, if there is any problem sourcing any of the above.

You may pay by PayPal, transfer or cheque.

Mountaineering Ireland Training Grants.
A Mountaineering Ireland (MI) Training Grants may be available for your course. The grant supports participation in MI training schemes (Lowland Leader, Mountain Skills, Walking Group Leader, Mountain Leader), among others. Please contact Mountaineering Ireland for further details.