Mountain Skills Training Course 1 & 2
BOS / Mountaineering Ireland (MS1 & MS2)
Mountain Skills is an introductory course and qualification that demonstrates your own personal ability in the Irish and UK mountains. The syllabus is administered by Mountaineering Ireland.
Is it for you?
The MS training scheme is for hill walkers. The course provides all the basic skills required to walk safely and competently in Ireland, when accompanied by people of similar ability. The training does not include leadership skills /techniques. It is suitable for near beginners to those with considerable experience. Topics covered include route planning, equipment, map-reading, navigation techniques, movement on steep ground and coping with emergencies. Typically the training is divided into two blocks – Mountain Skills 1 (MS1) and Mountain Skills 2 (MS2), each run over a two day period and comprise of a mixture of indoor informal lectures/discussions and outdoor practical sessions. After this there is an optional Assessment.
What we Cover?
Mountain Skills training is divided into three blocks, MS1, MS2 and MS assessment. Mountain skills 1&2 are the basic training blocks covering all aspects of hillwalking that the candidate will require to become a self-sufficient hill user.
MS1: 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.
MS2: This course builds on MS1. It covers the use of a compass, route-planning and the preparation of route cards, night navigation, scrambling, mountain rescue and emergency procedures.
To view the entire BOS / Mountaineering Ireland MS syllabus, click here:
The course will generally be operating in Wicklow, Donegal, Connemara or the Mournes.
Duration: 2 Days
Cost: €125 per person excluding accommodation if required.
Location: Various Locations
Pre-Requisites: Some level of hill walking
Ratio: 1-6 instructor ratio