Welcome to our mountain skills course. Here at ‘Out There People’ we’re very lucky to be located in the beautiful Lake District, an area enjoyed by all. There are boat trips, lakeside path walks, gentle strolls in the valleys and cycling along country lanes. But there’s no escaping it, the majestic mountains are our most striking landscape, drawing people from far and wide. Sooner or later, you’ll look up and think, “I wish I could explore up there”! If you’re one of those people dreaming of being in the mountains, but don’t feel you’ve yet got the knowledge and mountain skills to take you there, then this could be the course for you.

This two day course takes you into the heart of the Lake District Mountains, enjoying some of the most spectacular walks and views in Britain. Whilst being amazing places, hills and mountains demand respect as the mountain rescue statistics indicate to us. On this course, we’ll cover the various mountain skills and judgements you need to start exploring the Lake District and other upland areas of Britain safely and enjoyably.

Mountain Skills Course, Lake District, Out There People


Course Aims
The course will cover basic hill / mountain skills, helping develop your knowledge and understanding to make your days out safer and more enjoyable. Given its importance to safe mountain travel, navigation forms a core element of the course. By the end of the course, you will have a grounding in the knowledge and practices that are the foundation of safe travel in the mountains.

What will I learn about?

  • Basic Navigation and Route Planning
  • Safe movement over a variety of terrain
  • Clothing & Equipment
  • The upland environment & Minimising our Impact
  • Hazards and dealing with emergency incidents

Is this the course for me?
This course is for those new to hill/mountain walking, looking to develop their personal skills and experience. The majority of our time will be spent journeying through the hills so it’s important to have a reasonable level of fitness to make the most of this course.

Mountain Skills Course, Lake District, Out There People

How long does it last?
The course lasts two days, generally starting around 9am and finishing at approximately 5pm each day.

Outline Programme
We will always try to be flexible and tailor courses to suit the groups learning needs, but here’s a general outline of how the course will run:

  • Meet up on the morning of day one and discuss your aspirations and experience
  • Consider the latest mountain weather forecast and plan for the 2 days ahead
  • Consider kit selection and make sure we’ve everything needed for our day in the mountains
  • Getting Out There and enjoying 2 days in the mountains!
  • Throughout the course we’ll consider and practice navigation skills which are an essential foundation to travelling safely and efficiently through the mountain environment
  • We’ll cover a range of different topics to provide you with the essential information and techniques
Mountain Skills Course, Lake District, Out There People

Our course programmes are designed to be enjoyable – sorry, but if you want a boot camp experience then we’re probably not the right providers for you! As well as learning and developing, we aim to give you time and space to take in and enjoy the great surroundings.

Where are the adventures?
Our skills courses take place within the stunning surroundings of the Lake District, but we’re conveniently located to take groups further afield into the wilds of the Northern Pennines,  the Howgills, Yorkshire Dales or into Southern Scotland. Please drop us an email or give us a ring to talk through what you’d like to do.

Group size and instructors
To ensure you get the most out of the experience, there will never be more than six course participants to at least one fully qualified Mountain Leader.


Mountain Skills Course, Lake District, Out There People




What about equipment?
Included in the cost of the course, we will supply the following:

  • Maps & Compass

What equipment you’ll need to bring along:

  • Sturdy waterproofed boots
  • A waterproof top and trousers
  • A pair of warm gloves and a hat
  • A warm extra layer
  • Drinking bottle for water
  • Personal medication
  • A rucksack big enough to fit your kit in
Course Pricing
£ 119 per person – This includes:
  • Course fee
  • Course notes & photographs (where applicable)
  • Free email enquiry service for 12 months after the course

Dates are available throughout the year – just drop us an email and we’ll get back to you – contact page



Full details and instructions will be provided when we receive your course booking

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