Mountain Skills Assessment Dates, prices and course information
Locations: Dingle, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Galway, Wicklow, Cork or other areas on request
MS Assessment: The third block is a consolidation of skills learnt in MS1 and MS2, and is an opportunity for candidates to test their mountaineering proficiency to a prescribed standard. MS assessment is held over two days, and comprises both written and practical evaluation, including a night navigation exercise. Candidates wishing to undertake MS assessment are required to maintain an official BOS logbook of their mountaineering activities, and to have logged at least 14 walks in a number of different upland areas of Ireland. At least four of these walks should be within two months of MS assessment.
Irish Adventures can organise a mountain skills assessment on request, please contact us and we will check to see if other candidates are awaiting assessment or if there are 3 or more of you then we can set a date to suit your diary.
To book on any of these courses or check availability please contact us
Prerequisites for Mountain Skills Test
Candidates should either: a. Have attended a BOS recognised Mountain Skills Course b. Present evidence of 14 separate hill walks of not less than 4 hours duration, in the year prior to assessment c. Possess a valid First Aid Certificate (preferably Rescue and Emergency care - Emergency or Standard).
a. Have attended some other course or Mountain Skills Training of be fully familiar with the BOS Mountain Skills syllabus and written paper. b. Provide evidence if at least 30 days hillwalking experience over at least two years. c. Possess a valid First Aid Certificate (preferably Rescue and Emergency care - Emergency or Standard).
Mountain Skills 2 / MS2
Mountain Skills 2 Dates, prices and course information
Dingle, Killorglin, Killarney, Kerry, Cork, Wicklow, Connemara, Clifden, Leenaun, Galway or other areas on request
MS2: This course builds on MS1. It covers the use of a compass, route-planning and the preparation of route cards, night navigation, scrambling/ steep ground, mountain rescue and emergency procedures.
- non-residential 145 euro
- residential 185 euro (1 night), 225 euro (2 nights) per person sharing
Feb 23 & 24 MS2 Wicklow
March 9 & 10 MS2 Kerry
April 6 & 7 MS2 Galway
April 13 & 14 MS2 Wicklow
To book on any of these courses or check availability please contact us
Mountain skills 2 course content
Day 1 Talk: Emergency procedures (part 1 of Mountain Hypothermia – talk 30 mins)Talk: Introduction to compass, grid references (1 hour) Talk: Route planning, preparation of route card, route card exercise (1 hour) Walk: Practicing all navigation skills and informal tuition on aspects of course suggested by participants (5 hours)Walk: Night Navigation Exercise (max 2-3 hours)
Day 2Talk: Emergency procedures (part 2) mountain rescue (1 hour)Walk: Steep ground work and further navigation practice (5 hours) Practical navigation to be conducted using both map and compassDebrief and assessment briefing (30 mins) Book now Button
Mountain Skills 1 Dates, prices and course information
This course includes map-reading and simple navigation techniques, recognition of natural features, distance measurement and timing of walks. Mountain hazards are also covered, as is personal equipment such as correct clothing and emergency equipment.
Dingle, Killarney, Co. Kerry.Cork, Wicklow, Connemara, Clifden, Leenaun, Co. Galway or other areas on request
- non-residential 145 euro - residential 185 euro (1 night) 225 euro (2 nights) per person sharing.
Jan 26 & 27 MS1 Kerry
Feb 2 & 3 MS1 Wicklow
Feb 23 & 24 MS1 Kerry
March 2 & 3 MS1 Wicklow
March 23 & 24 MS1 Kerry
April 6 & 7 MS1 Galway
April 13 & 14 MS1 Wicklow
May 4 & 5 MS1 Kerry
May 11 & 12 MS1 Wicklow
Mountain skills 1 course content
Introduction to scheme Talk: Map, suitability of OS maps (1 hour) Walk: Conventional signs, introduction to map setting, contours, feature recognition and distance measurement, terminology, simple navigation techniques (5-6 hours) Talk: Mountain hazards (1 hour) Talk: Personal equipment (1 hour) Talk: Depiction of relief (1 hour)
Ordnance Survey maps: reliability, suitability, comparison of different scales;
Simple measurement of distance on a map and on the ground;
Methods of calculated distance travelled and height climbed;
Feature recognition (distant and near), map setting and self location;
Use of a compass for following bearings, taking bearings and simple resections;
Navigation across country using map alone and using map and compass; • Simple navigation techniques (aiming off, hand rails, attack points etc.);
Route planning (choice, route recording, bad weather alternatives, escape routes);
Discussion (with reference to weight, bulk and cost) of outdoor clothing and equipment (including emergency equipment).
Climatic hazards: temperature, precipitation, wind lightning, humidity, rain and snow.
Topographic hazards: dangerous types of terrain with a special emphasis on remoteness.
Personal Security on Steep Ground
Safe movement in ascent and descent of broken ground.
Route finding difficulties in ascent and descent.
Procedure in event of an accident or incident;
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Mountain Hypothermia (Exposure); • Mountain Rescue Organisations: posts, teams and call-out procedures.
Format of Mountain Skills Course
BOS lays down the syllabus for the Mountain Skills Course. However, the Director of the course is delegated by the Board and is responsible for making all the arrangements for the course. Courses may be run over two weekends or as part of a five day course. It may also be run as part of a further education course. At the end of the training period candidates may sit a two day Mountain Skills test. Participants on the course will spend most of the day sessions in the hills under practical instruction and as such a reasonable standard of fitness is necessary. Most specialist equipment can be provided by the relevant centre.
The Mountain Skills Diary/Logbook
Upon completion of a Mountain Skills course a Diary will be given to you by the centre or the organisation. It provides you with a place to write down the skills learnt. Between the instruction sessions participants are expected to obtain suitable hillwalking experience and to keep a record of their activities. These activities along with some other requirements to gain personal experience outside the course with friends or other hill walking companions are detailed in the Diary. Once you get going you will be amazed at how quickly it fills up
The Mountain Skills Test/Assessment
The test is designed to consolidate the skills learnt during the running of the course and give the applicant the confidence to plan and follow a route in the Irish hills, to deal with unplanned situations that may occur, to navigate and get home safely even after dark! The test includes a written test followed by a practical test covering navigation by day and night, route choice, competence on steep ground and incident and accident procedure. The written test draws on a panel of similar multiple choice type questions. Copies of the full list of questions may be purchased form the MCI Office, Sport HQ, 13 Joyce Way, Park West Business Park, Dublin 12. Prerequisites for Mountain Skills Test
Candidates should either: a. Have attended a BOS recognised Mountain Skills Course b. Present evidence of 14 separate hill walks of not less than 4 hours duration, in the year prior to assessment c. Possess a valid First Aid Certificate (preferably Rescue and Emergency care - Emergency or Standard). OR a. Have attended some other course or Mountain Skills Training of be fully familiar with the BOS Mountain Skills syllabus and written paper. b. Provide evidence if at least 30 days hillwalking experience over at least two years. c. Possess a valid First Aid Certificate (preferably Rescue and Emergency care - Emergency or Standard).
How to apply to take the Mountain Skills Test
Applicants to take the test should be made directly to the course provider. The course may be based at an outdoor centre or NCVA Centre. Either way the course director must be approved to run the Mountain Skills Scheme and the Test as laid down by BOS. Note some providers are approved to run training only and some are approved to run both training and assessment. A full list is available from the MCI.
The Mountain Leadership Scheme
Upon successful completion of the Mountain Skills Test you will be eligible to enter the Mountain Leadership Scheme. This Scheme trains the individual to lead groups in both the Irish and British hills b building on the skills learnt in the Mountain Skills Scheme and combining it with modules on leadership while developing more advanced skills.
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