Mountain Skills 1


Wicklow Mountains National Park

This course teaches:

  • Map reading and understanding
  • Navigational techniques, using map and compass
  • How to recognise natural features
  • Mountain hazards and dangers
  • Measuring distance and time of hikes
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Personal and safety equipment
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On our nationally accredited Mountain Skills 1 course you will learn the personal skills required for hill walking in Ireland. Helping you become self sufficient on the Mountains. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the outdoors. The Mountain Skills 1 course is very practical and instills the basics in hiking, mountain walking and trekking to participants. These courses are approved by Mountaineering Ireland. All our Mountain Skills Courses form part of the official Mountain Leader Qualification.

On completion of this Mountain Skills 1 course you will:
Be competent in map-reading
Understand contour lines on maps
Recognise natural features from map to mountain
Understand compass techniques
Be able to use Grid References
Be able to use navigation techniques
Be able to measure the distances and timing of walks
Be able to plan a hiking route
Understand mountain hazards
Know the personal and safety equipment required for hiking
Understand emergency procedures

Course includes tea/coffee and certificate of completion.

This course is delivered over a two day period, as follows:
Day 1, Session 1:
9.00am – 1.00pm, classroom modules
Day 1, Session 2:
1.30pm – 5/6.00pm, outdoor practical training module, on the mountains.
Day 2: Session
9.00am – 5/6.00pm, outdoor practical training module on the mountains.

The Mountain Skills training course instills the fundamentals of mountain navigation in Ireland and the U.K. 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 will 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 Lowland Leader or Mountain Leader (ML). Mountain Skills courses are available throughout Ireland. All our instructors are qualified, insured and registered with Mountaineering Ireland.

Why train with

Experience. We are delivering this course since 2008

Competence. Niall Ennis is an International Mountain Leader, Sports Educator and is QQI trained.

Resources. On completion of this course students will receive supporting training materials.

Satisfaction. We get great feedback on this course, with learners progressing to the Mountain Leader Award.

Price. We are competitively priced.

Private courses are available nationwide, please contact us for details.

Additional information


May 23rd-24th, June 27th – 28th, July 11th – 12th, August 15th – 16th


All our instructors are experienced, qualified, registered and insured.


Our Training Center, Laragh, Co. Wicklow


Two full days training. Times: 9.00am to 5/6.00pm each day.

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket and trousers, hill walking boots, walking trousers/tracksuit bottoms/leggings (avoid cotton) base layer- top/tee shirt/fleece, take a spare if you feel the cold, mid layer- fleece, hat and gloves and backpack.


You are required to being a packed lunch and drink for each day.


You will require a map and a Silva Type 4 compass, details on booking

First Aid

All our instructors are qualified in remote emergency care and wilderness first aid, you are in safe hands.


A general level of fitness s required.