• duration:
    1 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £100 PP

course info


1-1 instruction or coaching is a great way to learn what you want when you want it. From Monday 27th July we will be running reduced cost 1-1 sessions allowing you to learn new skills, develop your old skills or just get a refresher so you feel more confident after some time away from the hills. You can also book these days just to come out with me for the day and have a guided walk in the mountains or hills. 

Topics we cover.

  • Navigation in the mountains (Beginner – Advanced).
  • Leadership award refreshers (ML, HML, LL).
  • Trail or mountain running coaching.
  • Navigation for runners.
  • Introduction to scrambling.
  • Guided running, walks

Once your booking has been received, we will send you an email asking about your experience and any areas you would like to cover during the day. We will then send you details of where to meet us and what to bring on the day. All maps and compasses will be included in the session.

All courses will be delivered from Conwy or Capel Curig ( We can discuss this once your booking is received)


These sessions normally cost £180 per day but we are currently offering them for £100 per session to get people outside and enjoying the outdoors.

All bookings are protected by our Payment Guarantee. If any government restrictions stop us from running your course, we will give a full refund or transfer the date at no extra cost. Normal terms and conditions apply to all other circumstances.

Social Distancing and reducing transmission.

All the topics we cover in our 1-1 session allow us to offer instruction whilst following social distancing guidance. All our equipment (Maps, compass etc) will be cleaned with disinfectant and cleaned before and after use.

To ensure we avoid spreading covid19 we ask that you do not attend this course if you, or others you have been in contact with show symptoms of covid19 up to 21 days before the session starting. We will move your booking to another date free of charge.


course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click 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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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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