Hill Walking

Hill Walking Terrain 1 & 2 permits

Terrain 1 treks are open to all Leaders within Scouting and to Explorer Scouts who are reasonably fit. It is anticipated some participants may not wish to attain a T1 permit but may wish to attend these courses as part of their own personal adventure in Scouting or may wish to develop their own navigation skills to equip them to lead and teach proficiently at Terrain 0.

Terrain 2 treks are more demanding and participants must have the necessary level of fitness as well as experience of trekking at T1. As T2 involves an element of scrambling, a head for heights and sure footedness is required.

Dates for training are being planned for July, October and November specifics will posted later.

An example training programme would be

Wilderness and Hill Walking Navigation Weekend staying at Trawsfynydd Hostel near Bala, North Wales.

Cost £20.00 to reserve a place plus £20.00 per night accommodation plus self-catering and transport costs.

Terrain 2 Training Weekend staying at Gwern Gof Isaf Farm campsite, near Capel Curig, North Wales.

Training and Assessment for Terrain 1 and 2

A briefing or pre-meet is usually held a fortnight before the weekend course and this will allow the instructors to gain an understanding of the experience and ambitions of the participants. This will help us plan relevant activities.

Proceedings for the weekend usually begin at 9.00 am on Saturday morning. The main focus is on navigation and group leadership. For T2, security on steep ground (protecting group members over a stretch of rocky ground with a rope) will also be covered.

All candidates going for assessment rather than just training MUST inform the instructors at the pre-meet briefing and provide the Assessor with a log book of their relevant experience as well as showing knowledge of the appropriate sections of POR and relevant fact sheets during the weekend.

We use the 1.25 000 maps. Outdoor leisure 1 for the Peak District and 17 for Snowdonia. Laminated maps are more appropriate. Participants should also provide their own compass. (Silva Expedition 4 is ideal).

Please read the factsheet FS120084 Scout Led Activities Index, and Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of The Scout Association in conjunction with this information.

What is Hillwalking?

Hillwalking is the movement on foot over hills and mountains. It doesn’t require any specialist equipment such as climbing ropes (although there are occasions when they can be useful) and can take place in varying terrains from gentle slopes and valleys through to wild remote areas. Hillwalking doesn’t have to be about climbing peaks. It can be just as much about enjoying the terrain you are walking in and developing navigational skills.

What is a Hillwalking Permit?

The adventurous activity permit scheme is designed to ensure that only people with the relevant skills and experience lead adventurous activities for the young people. Therefore all activities classed as adventurous can only be led by someone holding the appropriate permit. Additionally young people (under 18) can take part in adventurous activities for themselves with personal activity permits.

A Hillwalking permit is required for all Hillwalking activities that take place in Terrain 1 or Terrain 2. Definitions of these terrains can be found in POR.  Hillwalking activities in Terrain 0 do not require a Hillwalking permit.

There are four Levels of permit available for Hillwalking. These are:

Terrain 1 summer conditions, Terrain 1 winter conditions

Terrain 2 summer conditions, Terrain 2 winter conditions

Definitions of summer and winter conditions can be found at http://scouts.org.uk/supportresources FS120454. Additionally, each of these permits can be further restricted (such as through geographical locations etc.) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of the individual.

There are three types of permit available for Hillwalking. These are:

Personal – Allows a young person (under 18) to take part in Hillwalking with others with a Personal Hillwalking permit.

Leadership – Allows the permit holder to lead Hillwalking for a single group.

Supervisory –Allows the permit holder to remotely supervise more than one Hillwalking group.

If this is the outdoor activity you are keen to pursue and you would be interested in leading young people in adventurous activities, the County are running weekends to get you to the level required and to assess your new found skill. Any questions or you would like more information or book a place please contact Jonathan Sisman, Mountaineer Climbing Advisor & Assessor on email jonathan.sisman@outlook.com.

Hill Walking Assessments (for summer conditions)

When participants have the required experience and feel they are ready, they should contact the county assessor. Assessments take place either in Spring or Autumn. Participants will be required to produce a log book outlining their experience. There is no requirement to have a T1 permit before being assessed for T2.

Terrain 1 assessment is likely to be a single day, daylight into darkness expedition.

Terrain 2 assessment is a two day expedition, with wilderness camping in the mountains.

Requirements for Terrain 1 assessment.

  • To have recorded at least 15 days trekking experience at either T1 or T2, summer or winter conditions. This can be as group members, as leaders, or in pairs or solo. It can include half days to make up whole days. It can also include county hill walking training days, including the wilderness and hill walking navigation weekend.
  • To have completed the wilderness and hill walking navigation weekend.

Requirements for Terrain 2 assessment.

  • To have recorded at least 20 days trekking at T1 or T2, of which at least 10 must be at T2. This can include summer or winter conditions. This can be as group members, as leaders, or in pairs or solo. It can include half days to make up whole days. It can also include county hill walking training days, including the wilderness and hill walking navigation weekend and the T2 self-assessment weekend.
  • To have completed the wilderness and hill walking navigation weekend.
  • To have completed at least one T2 training weekend.
  • To have completed the T2 self-assessment weekend (with the summit trek to Moel Siabod, near Capel Curig)