Run| Introduction to Fastpacking

  • duration:
    2 Day(s)

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  • booking cost:
    £120 PP

course info

Fastpacking is best described as fast light and overnight where you head into the hills for a multi-day trail running adventure. Its become hugely popular for established hiking routes like the Pennine Way, Tour du Mont Blanc and the Haute Route with the minimalistic style allowing you to cover large distances in less than half of the normal hiking time. 

Our two-day Fastpacking Introduction is a perfect initiation into multi-day running and will show you all the equipment you need to run and camp in the mountains. You will learn about planning, equipment and how to navigate. You will also look at camp craft, personal safety and what to do in an emergency. It really is the most comprehensive Fastpacking course in the UK and will get you fired up to get out and have your own multi-day fastpacking trips.

  • Planning - Weather sources, guidebooks and how to plan a multi-day run.
  • Equipment - Tents, camping gear and what to take in your pack.
  • Camp Craft - Finding water, pitching tents and cooking. 
  • Clothing - What to wear and the layering system.
  • Navigation - How to navigate using the map and compass.
  • GPS - Using GPS and Apps in the mountains
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Food and nutrition
  • Running poles and how to use them.


Who is this course aimed at?

People often worry about attending running courses because of the concern about being the slowest or being left behind, in all my years of instructing this has never been the case! All we ask is that those coming on the course have some previous trail running experience and can run around 10 - 15km. We walk all the uphills, relax on the summits (Photos and cakes) and enjoy relaxed running on the downhills. We never leave people behind and with two instructors you're guaranteed to be taken care of throughout the weekend. We normally finish on Sunday around 2-3 pm for coffee and cake. 


Your Instructors

This course will be delivered by Matt Cooper a Mountaineering Instructor and Mountain Running Coach. Matt has fastpacked in the UK, the Alps and Fastpacked the Tour du Mont Blanc and numerous routes in France and Switzerland. Matt is an ambassador for Montane and works with them on running and mountaineering projects. 



All participants will receive a full kit list detailing essential items they need to attend this course. We do have some lightweight tents (1.2kg) and 30L running packs that we loan on a first-come-first-served basis. We would recommend purchasing your own summer sleeping bag. If you have any questions about the equipment please do get in contact.


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

Private Instruction

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Hiring one of our instructors privately is the perfect choice when you’ve got a specific aim in mind, whether it’s to improve your personal skills, have an unforgettable guided experience with a group of friends or tick off an objective you’ve had in your sights for a while.

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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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