• duration:
    5 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £320.00 PP

course info

Our Mountain Independence Course is aimed at all levels from absolute beginner to people with plenty of experience at walking in the hills and mountains. This five day course will give you instruction in all aspects of walking in the mountains and will ensure you can leave the course able to go on your own single or multi day walking trips. During the week you will look at Planning, navigation, moving over steep ground, wild camping and lots more. Our instructors will be with you every step of the way and we guarantee that after a week of walking in the mountains you will develop the skills you need to have your own big mountain adventures.


Planning – how to successfully plan a walk in the mountains.
Walking skills – what things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills, steep ground etc.). 
Moving over steep ground – Learn how to move on rock and steep ground whilst enjoying some of the classic Grade 1 scrambles of Snowdonia
Clothing and equipment – being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster. 
Weather – how it affects the mountains and your day out. 
Navigation in the mountains – everything from selecting a compass and using a map to navigation in poor visibility and an intro to GPS. 
Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill, information on good practice and useful organisations. 
Hazards and emergency procedures in the mountains – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency. 
Wild Camping and campcraft (Optional) - Learn the skills needed to enjoy a night out in the mountains. You will learn about different stoves, meals and the different tents available on the market. (The night camp is optional)

The Mountaineering Company offer a number of dates for this course in the main mountainous regions of the UK. If you would like more information simply drop us an email and we will happily answer any of your questions.


Group booking on a date that suits you!

As a Mountain Training approved course provider we have the ability to arrange courses for groups on a date that suits your needs. The minimum group size for bespoke dates would be 4 people. For more information please email us at info@themountaineeringcompany.co.uk

All participants must be aged 18 or over! 16+ are allowed when accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information
Kathryn Roberts
Kathryn Roberts
Mountain Leader (SML) - SUP Instructor - UKA CoachClick here for more information

You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.

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My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

Polly Hornby

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