So you are more of a walker? Perhaps you like to combine a days climbing with a long approach but feel that your navigational abilities are a bit rusty? Perhaps you just love being out in the mountains? This is were the humble Mountaineering Officer comes in.
Every committee position has a job attached to it. The hill skills programme is the responsibility of the clubs Mountaineering Officer. Throughout the year occasional weekends will be devoted to teaching the basics of mountaineering, from introduction to navigation and what you need to bring with you in mountainous regions to wild camping, bivvying and multi pitch climbing. On top of all this, the Hill Skills programme is based on what you want. So if you have an requests, throw them out and we will try to facilitate them.
Hill Skills Programme Constituent Elements:
– Introduction to Navigation: Maps/Grid References/Compasses/Pacing/Timing
– Wild Camping/Bivvying
– Steep Ground with and without ropes
– Rope Work
– Trad Climbing (assisting/with assistance from the Development Officer)
– Rescue techniques
– Multipitch climbing: Stances/Rescue/Retreat
All of this will be covered throughout numerous days hill walking, based primarily out of the Mourne Cottage.
If you have any queries about the Hill Skills programme, ask!
Your friendly neighbourhood Mountaineering Officer