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Training & Skills

2019 Training Courses MapReading

Training Courses such as Mountain Skills 1 & 2, Navigation, Map Reading etc. are available through the Walking Club.

These Courses are generally run over weekends with a preferred ratio of 1 Instructor to 6 Participants. Cost of Mountain Skills 1 is €130 and Mountain Skills 2 is €130 for a weekend.

The Walking Club will refund 50% of fees to participants on completion of each Course. If interested, you can contact Mark Britton at (086) 1967141 for further details.


9.00am to 11am

Indoor Session – Theory

Personal Introductions
Qualities and definition a good leader - exploration & discussion
Leadership styles - how they apply effectively to differing situations
Planning & preparation – suitable route, weather forecast, clothing & equipment, delegation

Coffee break

11.30am to 4pm

Hillwalk – Outdoor session – Practical scenarios

Group briefing - outline of walk and each person’s responsibilities to the group and leader
Group management – appropriate pace and group containment

Explore and act out typical scenarios and situations encountered on hillwalks
Potential hazards – managing terrain, weather and ill-prepared members

Lunch out on the hill

Members wellbeing – monitoring fitness, difficulties, resources, comfort and enjoyment
Local community & environment – awareness & responsibilities
Group de-brief – importance of reviewing the shared experience of the day

4.30pm to 5.30pm

Indoor Session – Summary

When things go wrong – emergency procedures
Participants real world incidents - discussion
Summary of Leader qualities and best practice
Course handout
Feedback and final thoughts

To date Ballyhoura Development have assisted us with grant aid for our training courses.

We really appreciate this assistance but they have advised that the present grant scheme will finish at the end of Spring 2014. This means in effect that we must run the training courses and apply for the grants before that point.

Examples of courses we could organise relate to

• First Aid
• Mountain Skills 1 and 2
• Lowland Leader Award
• Walking Group Leader Award
• Other eg Radios

More detail of the Mountain Skills, Lowland Leader Award and Walking Group Leader Award are available at the Mountaineering Ireland Site

If you would like us to organise any course or if you would like to discuss in more detail contact Pat Lombard at 085 1743067 or Denis Bates at 086 8047570


Welcome to the Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club. We would love to have you as a member of our club which we are very proud of!


Why Join Our Club

Walking can be a very social and enjoyable pastime. It is a great way to get fit while spending time with like minded people and is a great way of meeting new people. You are likely to see and do a lot of things on your walk which can inspire conversation and debate. It is a great way to see the countryside in all its glory and also a great way to relax the mind and forget about all the stresses of life for a time.


How to Join Our Club

Potential future club members are encouraged to participate in one or two walks with the club before becoming a member. This will give that person an idea of the walk length, walk duration, level of fittness required etc.. If you feel that you wish to contuine after the first introduction walk or two, you can download the application form here on the right of this page and follow the instructions. An annual fee of €20 (or €50 if you wish to be included in Mountainteering Ireland Insurance) cover membership. This entities the member to receive a comprehensive walks list by post or email along with other relevant information from time to time.