2020 Course Dates
7th-8th March 2020
30th-31st May 2020
31st October – 1st November 2020
£145.00 per person
The UK Mountain Safety Course from Original Outdoors is a 2-day mountain-environment survival course run in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. It fulfils the criteria of the L1 EST Framework Mountain Survival certificate.
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This is our 2-day UK Mountain Safety course that requires no previous experience – but includes the same content that we deliver to our military, emergency service and business clients on our partner site OutdoorProfessional.co.uk
The aim of this course is to give participants the skills and confidence to head into the mountains of the UK and make good decisions to plan for a great trip to the hills – but also be prepared for what to do if things go wrong.
The course is delivered in a realistic environment and you will be learning with experienced instructors.
The full course content is detailed below, and covers the basics of dealing with potential hazards in the British mountains and the decisions you need to make in a survival situation. The UK Mountain Safety course is not a navigation training course, but does cover some aspects of mountain navigation.
If you are looking for a UK-specific navigation course then please take a look at our range of navigation training courses HERE.
The course starts at 9:00am on each and normally run through until about 4:00pm on each day.
Survival skills are a subject that are often misrepresented – and the term ‘survival course’ gets used to advertise everything from kids activity days to what is essentially just camping without showers…
Original Outdoors runs survival courses for clients of all types, from military and emergency services to companies and private groups . The dates listed here are for the limited number of public courses we run every year as part of the structured training of the EST Framework.
The Level One Mountain Survival course is the first rung on a progression of structured survival training courses that are not just an activity day on the edge of some parkland – these are real courses, run by experienced instructors from a variety of backgrounds. This is the same course as we deliver to clients from around the UK and overseas.
7th-8th March 2020
30th-31st May 2020
31st October – 1st November 2020
The course takes place in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. The meeting point for the first day is Capel Curig, but we will explore further into the nearby mountains from there.
Full joining instructions will be sent out once you have booked a place on the course, along with an equipment list and other information.
The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.
Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site outdoorprofessional.co.uk, where you can read more about him and his experience.
Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.
Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.
We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.
The process works like this:
As a Level 1 course on the EST Framework no previous experience is required, however please read the notes below about fitness.
You will need to be fit enough to be on your feet all day and to move over rough terrain (mountainous, boggy, some steep slopes) for two consecutive days. The aim of this course is to train you, not to test you too much or put you at unreasonable risk. The vast majority of fit adults will be able to complete this course with no problem – but if you have any questions please get in touch directly.
All participants must be a minimum of 16yrs of age at the beginning of the course, and anyone under the age of 18yrs must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian.
The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework was created by Original Outdoors to provide a structured training pathway for organisations, groups and individuals who work and visit remote places and hazardous outdoor environments. The L1 Mountain Survival Course is part of this framework, and all participants on this course will be given the option to continue on this training stream – but if you just want to attend this course then that is absolutely fine.
Participants will need to provide their own outdoor equipment for the course (including waterproof clothing, rucksack, compass etc). We will also provide some specialist equipment. An equipment list is available upon request. We do not publicly list our equipment lists as they have a habit of being duplicated and ending up on other people’s websites.
We do not include accommodation, and this is a non-residential course. We are happy to recommend local accommodation providers that our previous clients have stayed with, and assist with any questions you may have about location, transport and so on.
You will need to provide your own food for this course.
Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.
Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.
Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.
The Mountain Survival course is a Level 1 Course on the EST Framework. This means that participants in this course can continue onwards in a progression of structured courses using the skills learned on this course – if they wish.
There is no requirement for any previous experience or training before attending this course however, and it can be undertaken purely as a standalone course.
The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a structured survival and outdoor safety training programme for individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations.
Over the past decade Original Outdoors has worked with dozens of training partners to provide realistic subject and terrain-specific outdoor safety training. Throughout that time we had requests for the same key subjects again and again – navigation, use of outdoor PPE, emergency planning, survival techniques and logistics.
In 2017 we created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework after consulting with other outdoor professionals, educators and experts in outdoor safety training. From 2018 onwards the Environmental Survival Training Framework is offered to the general public as well as our existing clients.
The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.
Each of the courses are held within a training stream – navigation, survival, campcraft, wild food, search operations, work and industry. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST instructor within that stream.
All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:
Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.
Original Outdoors created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Training Classification System to categorise our own training courses, and provide a comparative system for other similar training schemes that sit alongside the EST Framework (Mountain Training, Rescue 3 etc).
Levels One, Two and Three are end-user awards within a particular training stream. Levels Four to Seven are instructor awards within that training stream.
|EST L1||1||Entry-level training course where no previous subject training is required. ||None|
|EST L2||2||Intermediate – level training course where previous subject training has occurred.||None|
|EST L3||3||Advanced-level training course where significant previous subject training has occurred.||Assessment|
|EST L4||4||Training for delivery of L1-L2 courses within the EST Framework.||Assessment + Logbook|
|EST L5||5||Training for delivery of L1 -L3 courses within the EST Framework.||Assessment + Logbook|
|EST L5A||5 (L3 Assessor)||Bolt-on training for independent assessment of L3 courses.||Assessment + Logbook|
|EST L6||6||Training for delivery and assessment of L1-L4 courses.||Assessment + Logbook + Observation|
|EST L6A||6 (L5 Assessor)||Bolt-on for assessment of L5A courses.||Assessment + Logbook + Observation|
|EST L7||7||Assessment of Level 6 + 6A candidates.||Assessment + Logbook + Observation|