Glenmore Lodge National Outdoor Training Centre
If you think your fitness levels will enable you to cope with 5 days of hill walking, then maybe you‘ll be interested in the Hill Walking and Mountain Skills Courses on offer at Glenmore Lodge in Scotland, billed as the country’s National Outdoor Training Centre. The centre runs both personal courses for those wanting to improve their confidence in outdoor adventure activities, and qualification courses catering for future generations of outdoor activity instructors.
Glenmore Lodge welcomes visitors from all walks of life, at all skills levels, so there is something available for beginners to experts. The centre has a central location in the Cairngorms National Park, and was founded over 60 years ago. The Glenmore Lodge course program covers paddle sports such as river kayaking, first aid and mountain rescue, and hill and mountain skills, which is covered in more detail here.
The Hill Walking and Mountain Skills Course is a 5 day all-inclusive course, which includes full board, accommodation, transport, use of any specialist equipment, and instruction. What’s unique about this course, is that it’s not only tweaked according to the weather, but adapted to suit any aims, aspirations, and experience each group has. As the course progresses, every student will also have the opportunity to have a hand in the planning and decision making. The 5 days of walking could include some teaching in the forests around Glenmore Lodge, and walking up in the hills. During that time much of the teaching will focus on navigation, including map and compass skills, and poor visibility training. You’ll also learn about understanding the weather, dealing with hazards, such as crossing streams, and of course, all important emergency training. Once you’ve taken this course, you’ll feel a lot more confident taking part in hill walking in summer conditions, and may even be inspired to progress onto one of their other courses. There are dates available throughout the long summer season for adults, and there’s also an under 18’s Hill Walking and Mountain Skills Course available on selected dates. You can find out more about Glenmore Lodge, and kit requirements for this course, along with tips and advice for prospective walkers at http://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk. There’s also information about the large equipment store the centre has available for customers to try out, if they don’t want to invest heavily before taking a course.