Mountain Tracks Launches 2 Day Skills Courses in the UK
UK based courses from Mountain Tracks equip aspiring mountaineers with essential skills without the hassle of leaving the country. They also provide a great activity for families and groups looking for an active retreat from the hustle and bustle.
At the end of each ski season, mountain lovers everywhere dream of following the retreating snowline and climb the previously covered and inaccessible towering peaks. Ski boots are swapped for crampons, chairlifts give way to quickdraws, and poles are replaced by ice axes.
For novices this can often seem like a daunting task; how do you begin with a past time like this? Mountain skills cannot be learnt overnight, or remotely. Hands on experience is required to ensure safe alpine expeditions.
Chamonix may be the home of mountaineering, but you don’t have to travel to the Alps to get your foot on the first rung of the mountaineering ladder. Home grown wildernesses all over the UK provide the perfect playground for learning the basics. Local skills courses provide a great introduction to alpinism in slightly less hostile environments much closer to home; perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking to take that next step towards fully fledged mountaineering.
Mountain Tracks have just launched their alpine skills weekend programmes taking place in Snowdonia, North Wales and the Cairngorms, in Scotland. These three day summer courses are designed to ease the transition from hill walking to more extreme high altitude adventures.
Unlike many courses under the same category, Mountain Tracks introduction courses are run by professional IFMGA mountain guides as opposed to instructors. These fully qualified guides, who rarely work in the UK, have superior experience and training; yielding a much more relevant and in depth tuition than a UK based instructor would provide.
The courses are ideally suited for small groups looking for an introduction to mountaineering before embarking on a more serious challenge, like one that Mountain Tracks take all year round. Alternatively the three day course also suits adventurous families with “outdoorsy” teenagers who have outgrown the standard holiday camp activities. With no previous climbing experience required the courses could not be more accessible.
Having met your guide the previous evening, you depart your accommodation and head out for a day of skills work, ranging from scrambling and general movement skills to roping up and moving together as one. The following day is your chance to utilise your new skills. Heading out of your accommodation for the last time for a full day of mountain activities. This day will typically involve hiking as well as more advanced scrambling and climbing; building on the skills that had been learnt yesterday.
The small group sizes (maximum of four participants per guide) allow attendees to fully engage with a true expert in their field, but also ensures the safety of all group members for the entirety of the course. Places are limited on each course however courses run throughout the summer for groups of three or more. If you do not see your preferred date listed then please contact the team and you will find that they can be flexible with dates.
In a nutshell these short digestible courses are for you if you are already a keen hill walker looking to progress to more serious challenges and want to learn the skills needed for a longer alpine trip but aren’t quite ready to head abroad or to higher altitudes just yet!
Mountain Tracks has been part of the Ski Club family since December 2016. The small and specialist company started by Nick Parks run holidays for adventurous individuals and groups throughout the year.
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