Kendal Mountaineering Services mountain craft courses are run primarily in the Lake District National Park however, we also run them in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Winter mountain craft courses are run in Scotland.
Our mountain craft courses teach you to be self sufficient in wilderness areas. You will be taught mountain navigation techniques, wild camping etiquette, river crossing techniques, security on steep ground, emergency procedures and also about how mountains influence weather forecasting.
At KMS we teach all of our Summer and Winter Mountain craft courses to MLTUK (Mountain Leader Training UK) standard. On completion you will be able to navigate safely in all conditions - day or night.
After a mountain craft course you'll be able to:
interpret weather maps so you won't get caught out unexpectedly
deal with river crossings
scramble over steep ground
learn how to choose the best location for your overnight camp
deal with emergency situations if they arise.
Winter mountain craft courses are run in the Cairngorms in Scotland. The Cairngorm National Park contains the UKs largest area of ground above 800m (2600 feet) and also contains 4 of the 5 highest UK summits. Here you'll discover how to interpret snow conditions underfoot, learn the secrets of predicting and avoiding avalanche prone areas, and how to make yourself a snow hole in emergencies. You'll also learn the essentials of ice axe and crampon techniques and snow and ice belays. After a course with us you'll know how to deal with getting down safely off the mountains when the weather closes in, and navigate in zero visibility.
Above all we'll teach you how to have the confidence to cope with all that the British weather can throw at you. Using well practised techniques you'll be able to venture into the wilderness safe and secure in the knowledge that you will know what to do at all times - and all thanks to the expert guidance of highly qualified KMS instructors.
Mountain craft courses can be run on a modular basis, you can choose to cover aspects of the syllabus over as many days as you wish or you can book on to a full 5 day course which covers everything.
New for 2016 - Slovenia walking holiday
We are offering the chance to have a weeks holiday exploring the stunning Julian Alps of Slovenia. Accommodated in an Alpine style chalet in Bovec, you will have an adventurous week exploring the beautiful unspoilt scenery of this magnificent area. You will be surrounded by snow capped peaks, crystal clear rivers and lush green meadows. click here to have a look at the details.
We also have our range of other courses that can help with all of your outdoor wishes, no matter what time of year you want to learn.
Contact us to discuss what you want and we'll be happy to help.
Wishing you many happy Winter adventures!