mountain navigation and movement course

The Mountains

survival training in a mountainous environment

The mountains are one of the UK’s harshest environments and shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. Spend an action packed training day with an experienced and qualified instructor to learn the essential skills needed to successfully survive and thrive in this remote and hazardous habitat.

Leaving the car park in the morning we head up the scenic Mickleden valley following the pretty beck, an ideal warm up for the legs. Along the way we have sight of iconic Lakeland fells such as Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes. We will leave the footpath to ascend to the summit of Rossett Pike which affords a spectacular vista of the surrounding Langdale peaks. Traversing the high summits, bagging the summits of the Langdale Pikes along the way, we have the opportunity to put our training into practice as we complete our day’s adventure.

We aim to cover the following learning points through the day:

  • Navigation by 1:25k scale map and basic compass work
  • Reading the terrain and moving over rough ground
  • River crossings
  • Emergency procedures
  • Emergency overnight shelter
  • Water sourcing and purification
  • Signalling
  • Contents of the mountain day pack
  • Foraging, tree ID

The day will be spent moving through mountainous terrain far from the paths. We will aim to spend as much time in true wilderness terrain as possible and learn the skills while on the move.

All teaching equipment will be provided outside of your typical day pack.

This is suitable for beginners and more experienced hillwalkers alike. Participants should have a good level of general fitness and be prepared to move over rough ground, with the occasional use of hands and feet to navigate steeper sections. We will cover a distance of approximately 15km over mountainous terrain.

This experience is offered on a private booking basis for you and your group, giving you flexibility to choose the date that works best for you. A minimum of two adults are required for each booking.

This full day experience runs from 09:00 – approx 16:00.

location/meeting point

We will meet you at the Stickle Ghyll car park. The pay and display price is £8 for the day or free for National Trust members. Parking charges are correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change.
Postcode: LA22 9JX (closest available)
Lat/Long: 54°26’51.0″N 3°05’25.1″W
What3words: ///scanning.shame.daffodils

Please see the single day kit list page for necessary equipment.


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Looking to step up a level and undertake a two day wild camping expedition while learning essential mountain survival skills? Our Two Day Mountain Survival Expedition is the course for you!