In the Limerick Climbing Club all club members are encouraged to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge through training. From time to time courses will be arranged by the club for the club members. Details of these courses will be listed on this page and also circulated to club members.
However all club members are encouraged to take responsibility for their own individual training requirements. If you are new to the hill-walking scene and want to find out about what skills you should be acquiring, contact the Training Officer. If you want to take a specific course contact the Training Officer, who will help you find a course provider, if that particular course is not planned to be organised by the club in the near future.
Mountaineering Ireland Recognised Courses
The Mountain Skills (MS)
The MS training scheme is for hillwalkers. The course provides all the basic skills required to walk safely and competently in Ireland, when accompanied by people of similar ability. The training does not include leadership skills /techniques. It is suitable for near beginners to those with considerable experience. Topics covered include route planning, equipment, map reading, navigation techniques, movement on steep ground and coping with emergencies. Typically the training is divided into two blocks; MS1 and MS2, each run over a two-day period.
The Lowland Leader Award (WGL)
The Lowland Leader Award (LLA) is a leadership training scheme for those taking their first steps into the world of leading groups on day walks, along clearly defined tracks and trails, in forests, coast and countryside during summer conditions.
Hill and Moorland Leader Award (formally known as the Walking Group Leader Award)
The Walking Group Leader changed its name to the Hill & Moorland Leader in 2015. All candidates who have still to complete their assessment, will be given a period of 1 year to do so until January 2016. The training received will continue to be recognised after the 12 month period, but candidates will be assessed to the new scheme syllabus. The Hill & Moorland Scheme differs in some aspects, with a separate expedition module. The new syllabus will be delivered from January 2015. Please contact MI's training office for further clarification
The Hill and Moorland Leader Award scheme provides training and assessment in the skills required to lead groups on hillwalks in areas of Ireland and the UK. The terrain covered by this programme is limited to non-mountainous areas (such as upland, moor, bog, fell, hill or down) having no steep or broken ground. The scheme does not provide training or assessment in the skills required to lead others in the mountains, or cope with the special hazards of winter conditions.
Mountain Leader Training (ML)
Mountain Leader (ML) training is for those who wish to lead others in the mountains, hills, and moorlands of Ireland and the UK, in summer conditions. It is designed to promote the safe enjoyment of the mountains and provides instruction in the skills required for those who wish to lead groups. Mountain Leader training is usually split into two blocks but can also be completed in one week long block. Rock climbing, use of the rope, and leading groups in winter conditions are not covered by the ML. Mountain Leader Courses are available throughout Ireland. Trainees must pass the Mountain Skills assessment before starting ML training. You must have logged at least 20 quality hillwalking days in suitable terrain Trainees and be at least 20 years olf. Trainees who complete the ML scheme and successfully pass a 3-day assessment are granted the ML award.
For a full list of courses and training information visit Mountaineering Ireland's website
Training Resources in the LCC
The Limerick Climbing Club has a number of training books available for short-term loan to members. The loan period for any book is 2 weeks, after which time the loan can be renewed, only if there is no-one else on the waiting list for that book. Contact the Training Officer if you want to borrow any book.
 Mountaincraft and Leadership - Eric Langmuir
This book is an invaluable reference tool for everyone, whether novice walker or experienced mountain leader, who wishes to venture into and enjoy the hills in safety. Also extremely useful for anyone preparing for the Mountain Skills Assessment.
 The Hillwalkers Guide to Mountaineering - Terry Adby and Stuart Johnston
This book features the techniques, gear and approaches that the active and ambitious hillwalker needs to be equipped with to competently tackle classic mountaineering challenges. Specific details on some of Britain's classic routes are given.
 GPS The Easy Way - David Brawn
This book is a short easy-to-read introduction to GPS and how it can be used for hillwalking.
 Getting to Grips with GPS - Peter Judd and Simon Brown
Mastering the skills of GPS Navigation and Digital Mapping. Based on the Garmin eTrex C and the Magellan eXplorist range of devices.
Training Web Links
For further information on any of the information on this page contact the Training Officer