Mountain Independence | Snowdonia - North Wales

  • duration:
    5 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:

  • booking cost:
    £320.00 PP

course info

Our Mountain Independence course is an intensive five-day program that will help you develop all the skills you need to go hill-walking, scrambling and wild-camping. We show you how to plan single and multi-day walks, how to navigate, what to do in an emergency and how to plan a wild camp. We also discuss weather forecasts, equipment, navigation apps and a range of other important skills and techniques essential to those walking in the mountains. 

This course is open to all levels of experience from total newbies to those with plenty of walking experience. Due to our small group sizes we guarantee you will develop your confidence, gain loads of new skills and come away ready to take on the mountains on your own or with friends. 

Typical Course Content

Day 1  - Mountain Navigation
Meet your instructors and start learning about planning, forecasts and what to take with you on a walk. Navigation session in the mountains to a local summit before descending down to the valley for a debrief.
Day 2 - Mountain Journey
Morning coffee looking at planning, weather and emergency equipment The group will then navigate the route under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor. In the afternoon we will look at emergency procedures and what to do if you need to call for help. Typically this day will include a 900m+ peak and around 10-14km of walking. 
Day 3 - Scrambling
This day is all about scrambling and how to move over grade I terrain. You will receive coaching on movement, footwork and learn how to read guide books and follow a route on a scramble. Perfect for those with limited scrambling experience, we often get people on these days with a fear of heights which we will help to improve throughout the day. We will also look at GPS,Apps and how to use them in the mountains.
Evening talk about wild camping and equipment. 
Day 4 - Mountain Craft
Morning talk about equipment before heading into the mountains for our two-day expedition. You will navigate sections of the route to our planned camping location and look at camp craft and all the need to know parts of camping in the mountains. Evening night navigation session before heading to bed for a well earned rest.
Day 5 - Return from wild camp
Breakfast, take in the views and navigate back to the valley. We normally arrive back at a local cafe for early lunch so that our clients can be debriefed over a coffee/tea and some food then make their way home - you can expect to finish this day at around 1pm.

The wild camp component of this course is optional and we can accommodate anybody who doesn't want to spend the night in the mountains.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are highly qualified Mountaineering Instructors or Mountain Leaders who take pride in offering engaging - fun courses that will give you the very best chance of achieving your goals. We are also members of Mountain Training, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the British Mountaineering Council. Why not check out our google reviews and see what our clients think about us. 

The course fee doesn't include accommodation, food or transport. Wild camping tents are available for hire at £20 and stoves are available for £5.

course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

Private Instruction

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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