Mountain Skills

Accredited Training Course

Beginner Friendly Accredited Course Maps Included

All dates available are for Mountain Skills 1 in the Wicklow Mountains.

For Mountain Skills 2, please contact directly.

Mountain Skills Training

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Mountain Skills 1 Training

The mountain skills training is the first step in gaining the Mountain Skills Qualification. It is a personal efficiency award which introduces you to all the skills needed to stay safe in the mountains.

This includes:

  • Map reading
  • Contour line interpretation
  • Mountain hazards
  • Navigation techniques
Read the Mountaineering Ireland website HERE
This course takes place over 2 days. 9am – 5pm

Meet Your Instructor

Mark Keogh

Mountain Leader - Rock Climbing Instructor - Multi-Pitch Climbing Guide - Remote Emergency Care.

My name is Mark Keogh and I will be facilitating your Mountain Skills Course. I am a qualified Mountain Leader and have trained as a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor through the Mountain Training Board in the UK.


Being in the mountains is my passion, and in recent years I have turned my focus to facilitating adventures and skills courses for others. It brings me complete joy to be able to pass on the skills I’ve learned to help others become competent in the mountains.


  • Mountain Leader Award
  • Multi-Pitch Climbing Guide
  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (trained)
  • Remote Emergency Care 4
  • Level 8 (Hons) Degree: Outdoor Education


All You Need To Know

Here are some of the topics we will be covering over the course of the day.

  • Introduction to map reading.
  • Understanding contour lines.
  • Introduction to compass work.
  • Access and environmental issues.
  • Mountain safety. 
  • Weather and planning.
  • & much more.

Meeting Time : 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Depending on the day we may go past the finishing time, so please allow yourself until 5pm.

Meeting Point: The meeting point will change depending on the location.

  • Waterproofs (jacket and pants)
  • Warm Layers. 
  • Gloves & Hat.
  • Boots are essential.
  • A big lunch and snacks for the day. 
  • Map. The map number will be sent via email
  • If you have a compass, then please bring this with you.
  • Head torch

Contact us

If you have any questions then do not hesitate to get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy Adventuring