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Course: Navigation & Rope Skills Weekend

Altitude: 832m/2730f approx

Route: Weather dependent

Date: TBD - Contact us


Duration: 2 days - 18hrs

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Price: €150per person - Residential options available

Fed up of walking on the beaten track? Want to explore off the trail? Try our Navigation and Rope Skills Course.


Instructors at the Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering have developed a weekend course to provide you with the skills required to be confident and self-sufficient in navigating on the hills and mountains here in Ireland. Along with these skills, you will be introduced to certain Rope Techniques such as coiling, belaying, confidence roping, knots and abseiling.


Over this two day course you will learn all the basic skills you need to navigate here at home. This course is set for those who wish to increase their skill level and would like to feel confident that they can enjoy the hills and mountains and return safely.



  • Map Reading

  • Feature Recognition

  • Grid Referencing

  • Basic Compass Skills

  • Clothing and Equipment

  • Practical Application


  • Review of Day 1

  • Route Planning

  • Compass Skills

  • Movement on Steep Ground

  • Group Control

  • Rope Skills


We at the The Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering encourage and train in all aspects of the great outdoors to allow walkers, climbers and expedition members to become self reliant, whether it is on your local hills or on extreme adventure expeditions around the world. Contact us for further training courses!

 Be Safe, be Self-Reliant and Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Next Date: Contact us


**Trainers can travel throughout Ireland to provide course to groups or clubs.**

Price: €150 per person - excluding accomodation.


**Accomodation can be arranged on request.**



Saturday: Moderate - 5-6 hours


Sunday: Moderate - 5-6 hours



  • 08:00 - 08:30: Meet & greet briefing and gear check

  • 08:30 - 10:30: Map reading and navigation

  • 10:30 - 10:45: Break

  • 10:45 - 11:00: Transfer to hills/mountains

  • 11:00 - 16:00: Practical application on hills (including lunch) with further on-site training

  • 16:00 - 16:30: Return to base

  • 16:30 - 17:30: De-briefing




  • 09:00 - 09:15: Meet & Greet and Gear Check

  • 09:15 - 09:45: Review of Day 1

  • 09:45 - 10:30: Introduction to Rope Skills & Equipment

  • 10:30 - 10:45: Break

  • 10:45 - 11:00: Transfer to Hills/ Mountains

  • 11:00 - 16:00: Navigate to Rock Climb & Introduction to Rope Skills

  • 16:00 - 16:30: Final De-Briefing


" For me personally, there is no point in climbing the Alps or the Himalayas, if you can't competently navigate around the mountains at home!!  So this is a course I had wanted to undertake for some time.  It completely exceeded my expectations in the amount of ground that was covered over the weekend, was extremely comprehensive and went over and beyond what you expect from a typical navigation skills weekend."

Suzanne Stroker


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