MS training is divided into three blocks, MS1, MS2 and MS Assessment.Â MS1 and MS2 are the basic training blocks covering all aspects of hillwalking that the candidate will require to become a self-sufficient hill user.
The Mountain Skills 2 is also a two-day course that builds and consolidates on the skills developed during Mountain Skills 1.Â This course consists of group-led discussions on a number of topics that are pre-prepared and plenty of practical navigation experience on the hills.Â The first day focuses on a recap of the skills in MS 1 and the introduction of poor visibility skills during the day.Â The first day leads into the night, and you will get a chance to practice the new poor visibility skills acquired earlier in the day.Â The second day consists of some navigation in the hills, group-led discussions and an introduction to movement and navigation on steep ground.
This course is focused on learning and developing poor weather navigation skills and building your confidence in navigation in bad weather.Â Risk assessments of terrain will also be discussed, and you will leave the course with a better understanding of risk, decision-making,Â emergency procedures such as recognizing and dealing with hypothermia and procedures for contacting Mountain Rescue Services.
The course will be run by a fully qualified Mountain Leader who is registered with Mountaineering Ireland as a trainer.Â They will be fully certified in first aid suitable for the environment.Â Â
The course is run on a max of 1 instructor to 6 people, so there is plenty of one-to-one tuition, and the instructor will ensure that it is a relaxed and enjoyable two days.Â Â
The course is accredited by Mountaineering Ireland.Â Â
Full cost: â‚¬150. A deposit of â‚¬50 is required to secure the place.